A special sale earlier this month was the first in a series of events celebrating three decades of successful business at the site, which was officially opened on May 14, 1984 by Prince Michael of Kent.
Management and staff welcomed the Mayor of South Ribble, Councillor Dorothy Gardner, to start the celebrations. And former BCA Preston managers and directors Peter Teale, Malcolm Riley, Graham Carbutt and Nigel Everett were also there.
A big turnout of buyers ensured a busy day for the auctioneers as nearly 300 vehicles were sold, including more than 60 wheelchair-adapted vehicles and a large selection of high-quality part-exchange cars from Lookers, Halliwell Jones, Hadwins VW and Lake District Audi. Turnover on the day exceeded £1 million.
Preston Manager Chris Tinsley said: ‘BCA Preston really is the hub of the used vehicle trade in Lancashire, although customers will travel from all over the UK and even further afield to attend our sales.
‘We were delighted to kick-off our 30th anniversary celebrations in fine style and were pleased the Mayor was able to attend.’
The purpose-built BCA Preston building has evolved into Lancashire’s number-one vehicle re-marketing centre, selling more than 25,000 vehicles per year on behalf of a number of blue-chip vendors. Sales are held up to three days a week and the centre offers a wide range of cars from dealer groups, fleet operators, local authorities and organisations.
- Our picture shows the Mayor of South Ribble, Councillor Dorothy Gardner, cutting the 30th anniversary cake, with BCA’s Chris Tinsley, left, and her husband Melvyn Gardner.