Most of you know of my long obsession with British cars-- almost a quarter of a century!-- and as owner of British Motor Care, I've spent the past 10 years trying to provide the best possible service. During that time, with Kelly and many other great workers, my company has flourished, serving over 400 customers and their various cars. I am told that we are an important and valued presence in the Pacific Northwest British car community, and I am deeply grateful to all who helped us get here.
While 2020 was devastating for many businesses, BMC stayed busy and open. However, the fallout from the global pandemic-- parts scarcity, part failures, shipping delays, and pages of backorders-- combined with employee attrition has made 2021 a crushing experience.
Due to lack of manpower and dwindling knowledge of car maintenance, BMC cannot maintain a crew large or experienced enough to keep up with demand. Apparently careful attention to detail is rare, and too many people want good service from too few reputable shops. The stress of managing it has become too great.
During the ten years of running BMC I have never taken significant time away from the shop, and I need to. BMC will close on October 1st while I go on sabbatical for 3 months. I plan to drive through the U.S., visiting other British car shops and exploring locations of historic British Motor Corporation dealerships. I will do regular blog postings about the adventure.
Kelly and I hope to reconvene in January 2022 to restructure the business. Our hours, policies, and use of space will be different, and we anticipate reopening next spring, ready to continue my original mission: caring for classic British cars and the owners that drive them.
My thanks to everyone for your patience and understanding during this transition.