Wood family decides to hang up the keys
By ADRIAN MILLER
PHILIP and Stephen Wood have a long association with the motor industry in the Clarence Valley.
The brothers became involved in the industry in 1977 and 1978 respectively, when they joined their father's business, Gordon Wood Nissan.
But yesterday the Wood family's 67-year association with the business ended.
Stephen and Philip's father established the business in 1938 at the same Pound Street site where it stands to this day.
The business, which also involved Gordon's daughter Janet Meyer, was sold to a local dealer. The company will operate at its current site before moving to a purpose-built showroom in Bent Street by the end of January.
The business has become a stalwart of the car industry in Grafton, not only for its products, but its service as well.
Managing director Stephen Wood, said that was one asset of the company.
"My Dad moved onto this site in 1938 ... and he made some friendships with families that last until this day," he said.
"We deal now with second, third and even fourth generations of families and many of them bring back some interesting stories."
Mr Wood said the family would leave with happy memories of their time in the business.
"I think we've all enjoyed being in business, as did our father before us," he said.
"We will miss our customers very much."