Wallis and Son Ltd. is a local institution and we are very pleased to be welcoming them to the inaugural Motor Show EAST 2-3 June 2018 at Newmarket Racecourse.
Wallis and Son celebrated 80 years in the motor business in 2017, but their illustrious history goes back quite a bit further than that and spans more than the motor car trade. Indeed, the beginning of the Wallis family’s interest in motoring can be traced back more than 100 years, with Cambridge brothers Horace and Percy Wallis and their interest in cycles and monoplanes.
Today, Wallis and Son is so much more than just a garage. As well as the sales and servicing of a range of motor vehicles, Wallis and Son now provides wedding chauffeuring, prestige car hire, recovery services and even vehicles for films and promotions.
One of its most successful enterprises, albeit unexpected, has to be the forecourt shop. As well as providing fuel at a very competitive price, Mrs. Wallis, Nigel’s American wife, has successfully managed the sale of US and other specialist goods. Walking into the store to pay for your petrol, you’d be forgiven for thinking that you’d walked into Aladdin’s cave! Visit just before Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas, and you’ll be blown away by the range of goods you’d struggle to find elsewhere in the UK. Already popular with Cambridge’s US community, more and more British customers are discovering the delights of the Wallis and Son forecourt shop.
The story of Wallis and Son doesn't stop here however; a new generation of Wallis entrepreneurs prepares to take hold of the reins as Nigel’s son, Elliot, puts his own mark on the family company. Elliot has been instrumental in introducing new and improved services to Wallis and Son, including Cambridge Wedding Cars, Active Rentals and other up-to-the-minute services not offered by many local garages.
How many other family-run Cambridge businesses can boast such an illustrious history? And of those, how many are continuing to make history today?
By the time Wallis and Son celebrates its 90th year in business, there will be a host of new stories to tell: this is one company that will continue to make history for many years to come.
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2-3 June 2018