07 345 5442 • 10 - 12 Marino Road Ngapuna Rotorua
From humble beginnings working out of the Birchall family garage on Tarawera Rd in Lynmore, Birchall & Maunder now boasts the largest privately owned workshop in Rotorua.
The company was formed by father and son Bryce and Ross Birchall and their mate George Maunder in 1987.
Ross had just returned from Dawson City in the Yukon, Canada where he had been gold mining. Bryce and George had recently been made redundant after the Forestry Service was centralised in the mid-1980s.
Each put $300 into the business after Bryce's wife decided it was time to kick them out of the family garage when the business started to take off and was a bit sick of cars blocking the driveway, garage, front lawn and the road in front of her house.
A European Focus
However, the three immediately recognised the need in Rotorua for a small boutique, customer-focused workshop that could service the wide variety of European cars becoming more and more popular in the city.
Based on Te Ngae Road, the company soon outgrew its original premises when the trio's vision quickly became a reality. A new site was found on Marino Road where a purpose-built, full-service workshop was commissioned and built in 1998 where the business has flourished since.
Sadly, Bryce passed away in 2007 leaving Ross and George in charge of the business until George sold his share to Ross in 2017.
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