Established by former V8 race car driver Ray Allford in the early 1990’s, Romsey British Automotive has provided quality servicing, maintenance and repair for Land Rover and Range Rover vehicles for 25 years.
With a background in advertising and real estate, Lyn was managing a large local conference venue until Ray’s illness bought her back to work with Romsey British Automotive. When Ray passed away Lyn took on the business with the help of Daniel Gibbs, head mechanic and has taken it from strength to strength. “I love working with the boys, it’s such a lovely working day when they’re around. There’s not a day goes by that they don’t talk about Ray, they really keep his memory alive.”
Ray was the original owner of Romsey British Automotive and worked as a mechanic from the age of 17 in his home state of Tasmania. After a relocation to Melbourne to run a service station and panel shop, Ray raced V8’s at Calder Park, Winton, Phillip Island, Simmonds Plains and Baskerville. Just after the Ash Wednesday bush fires in 1983 Ray and Lyn moved to Romsey and set up the workshop to work on conversions of American cars from left to right hand drive. His work with Land Rovers started in 1990 and the business has built from there. Sadly, Ray passed away in 2012 but is most remembered for his disgust at mechanic Daniel’s four-wheel drive purchase: Toyota.
With almost 20 years as a grease monkey, Daniel joined Romsey British Automotive in 2006. “I’d always owned Land Rover’s when I was younger and met Ray when I was 17 and would come over to get parts for it - I’ve had 13 Land Rover’s in my time. They’re a unique vehicle and a lot of the components are manufactured in modular form so makes them easy to work with. We have some fantastic customers, some of them will drop in for lunch with us.”