Ever passionate – On and Off Road
Ed’s passion for rally driving has always been mirrored by his gusto for 4×4’s and his business acumen.
A branch of Opposite Lock opened in Melbourne in 1984, complimenting the two Sydney stores. With the ever-expanding boom in 4WDs, stores were opened and acquired in Brisbane, Canberra and Tamworth, and franchises began in the mid-80’s in Orange and Wagga.
The demo vehicles at the business became 60/62 Series Landcruisers, Hiluxes, Navaras, Patrols, etc.
But with the arrival of Paul Keating and the floating of the Aussie dollar – the Ute boom slowed as the recession we had to have arrived with a thud we didn’t want!
The result saw Ed sell the Opposite Lock name to his franchisees and concentrate on the previous headquarters at Rydalmere, in Sydney, now trading as Auto Team.
With lower overheads and by trading seven days a week the business grew to become Sydney’s largest Ute outlet until Ed sold it in 1999.