Thompsons motor to 3rd generation
THREE generations of the Thompson family are celebrating 40 years in the motor trade.
Thompson First in Stroud started life as Lacey and Thompson when it was founded in 1972 by Dick Thompson and Paul Lacey.
Dick's son Cameron joined the family firm in 1982 and now grandson Scott is part of the team at the Citroen dealership in Bowbridge.
Dick, 69, said they started out selling sports cars like TVR and Ginetta then became a Saab dealer before joining forces with Citroen in 1978.
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Cameron, 48, started out as a mechanic and moved around the different departments before becoming dealer principal.
His 22-year-old son Scott moved over the road from motorcycle dealership BVM Moto and joined the company in June this year.
Cameron's wife Mandy works in the accounts department.
"I've seen a lot of changes over the years," said Dick.
"Things were very different when we started out and I'm proud of where we are now."
As well as selling new Citroen cars and commercial vehicles, the firm deals in used cars of all makes, and services them.
A new MOT station has taken the place of its body shop.
Cameron headed off to South America on Friday to indulge his passion for motorcyles.
He is one of 50 riders from across the globe taking part in the BMW GS Trophy, a six-day navigational event across more than 1,200 miles in Argentina and Chile.
To follow his team's progress, search for GS Trophy GB on Facebook.