POSTPONED: Tony Celebrates 40 Years of Ownership

Due to current restrictions, the sad news is we have to postpone the event 😢

WHY HAS THIS DECISION BEEN MADE?
Even though the lockdown for our LGA has been lifted (for now), restrictions remain in place.  These restrictions, at time of writing, effect the day of the planned activities.One of these restrictions is a gathering of no more than 10 people.
On top of that, with invitations sent to businesses and prominent individuals in the industry to attend, it’s hard for their acceptance and planning with borders closed, quarantining and uncertainty with future dates and other plans of their own to commit.
This may be overkill explaining the reasons, however we have had such fantastic feedback so far and many thanks to Tony for the decades of service and supply. We think it’s only fair to be transparent.

WHEN IS THE EVENT ON THEN?
This is yet to be decided.  Certainty will need to be in place first with lockdowns and health restrictions.  Rest assured, we’ll be considering this decision every day.

HOW WILL THE NEW DATE BE PUBLISHED?
Once we know, we’ll send another email and post it on our socials.  Plus of course on our website.

WHAT’S TONY PLANNED FOR THE CELEBRATION THEN?
Could very well be at the pub.  We think he’s earned a drink or three 🙂

ARE THE PROMOTIONS STILL ON THEN?
We will still run the first 30 bookings Suzuki service promotion.
As the remaining promotions are for the celebration, they are now postponed until the event reannouncement.

WHAT HAPPENS NOW IN-STORE?
Business as usual!  Please come on by and continue to support this family-owned motorcycle store, with many long term staff and some fresh faces too!  Have a coffee or meal at the Tony’s Cafe, see the latest bikes downstairs and gear upstairs, check out what used bikes are here or admire some of Tony’s collection.  The store is full, the website has loads of products.  We’re always trying to make it better outside, inside and online.

See you soon, thank you for your understanding.

Service Offer thanks to Suzuki Australia.
Be one of the first 30 customers to book in your Suzuki for a service to receive FREE Ecstar Oil and Genuine Suzuki Oil Filter.
YOU MUST MENTION THIS OFFER TO RECEIVE YOUR FREE OIL AND FILTER.

Anthony and Tony Armstrong.

IS IT REALLY 40 YEARS OF OWNERSHIP?
A young and ambitious Tony Armstrong, whilst spinning tools and pumping petrol, met Graham Wood, who knew Tony from winning Surfer’s Paradise lunchtime wheelie competitions. Tony was told to give motorcycle racing a try, and Graham who owned Springwood Suzuki, would help with that start. Tony purchased a bike from Graham, began racing and later was given the opportunity to buy in to the business in August 1981.

Tony eventually took full ownership of Springwood Suzuki. Later, racing success paid off on Tony’s birthday in September 1987 when Tony won the Australian Superbike Championship. The day after, whilst still celebrating, the birth of his son, Anthony took place. The celebrations continued.

Following a racing accident in 1989, Tony continued on-and-off to race until 1998. During and after then, a strong focus for Tony continued for Springwood Suzuki’s growth, securing the long-term commitment for the store to the motorcycle industry and other racers.
The store grew from one unit, to occupying the entire building. Then, in 2002, the extension was completed including Tony’s Café. Back then, Suzuki needed the entire floorspace, plus used bikes outside.

Multifranchising became the future for stability, so in 2008, the name was changed to Motorcycles R Us, which Tony had reserved years beforehand ready.

Today, Tony’s son Anthony is at the helm, growing up in the building with Tony in the residential unit upstairs. Anthony ran the store in Bundaberg and recently has relocated back to Brisbane with wife Nikki and 2 children. Tony has his sights on semi-retirement, but for now he is still very much involved in the business, here [nearly] every day.

Suzuki remains in the building sharing the roof today with KTM, Ducati and GASGAS, plus a solid range of used bikes, large accessories and spares showroom upstairs, dyno tuning and tyre centre. Tony has a collection of bikes on display from most recent to the olden days. The café is still open at the centre, for riders and locals alike.