In this edition of Time to Talk, we speak to Garry Johnson, Workshop Supervisor at our Brigg branch, about his working day and to find out what he does in his free time.
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What do you do here at Peacock & Binnington?
I organise the day-to-day running of the 14 technicians/apprentices.
My main priority is breakdowns, to keep the wheels or tracks turning. Making sure the techs are going in the right direction at the right time.
I will also plan ahead for the techs so no work is under or overbooked, planning the routine servicing to minimise downtime with the customers.
I make sure the PDI’S (Pre Delivery Inspections) are completed on time for the customers’ expected delivery dates.
I will book in & out all machines that come through Brigg yard as well as speaking to customers to keep them up to date with the progress of their ongoing jobs.
Tell us a little bit about your background:
I started at P&B on 1st Feb 1990, after leaving school in 1989 and working at Hartford Motors, which were a Ford Tractor dealer until that depot closed in early 1990.
I completed my apprenticeship and worked in the workshop at Brigg. I spent several years working at the Corringham branch doing various job roles in the workshop floor, running the workshop and working in parts.
I did leave for about a year around 2000 but then came back. I couldn’t get enough of P&B!
Where do you live?
I live in Brigg with my wife Marie. I have a daughter Erin (24) and son Scott (22) and a step son Zane (22).
I do my daily 2 mile a day round trip to work and back, so as you can imagine, I don’t use much fuel at all and I don’t get stuck in traffic very often!
My days are long enough so I wouldn’t want a long journey to work and back. I’m usually first one in and last one out most days.
Have you any hobbies?
My passion is banger & stock car racing. I started watching at Cleethorpes in 1985 and instantly thought ‘I want to do that when I grow up’... so I did.
I have been all around the country watching and fixing vehicles for my mates. I started racing at Blyton and was the Lincolnshire Champion twice, but when that closed I raced at other tracks such as: Scunthorpe, Skegness, Sheffield, Kings Lynn, Swaffham and Mildenhall.
I’ve raced bangers, stock cars and hot rods. It’s not all about the money, it’s the amount of time that goes into building and preparing cars.
I’m in semi-retirement at the moment and concentrating on helping my nephews in their junior formula of National Ministox.
They both finished in the top ten in the UK. So this takes up a lot of my spare time.
What would you do if you won the lottery?
Invest it in P&B… sorry just joking! Firstly, I would have to make sure all my close family & friends are all sorted.
Marie & I have found our perfect villa & plot of land for sale in Rhodes right near the beach.
We often talk/ dream about how we would make it our own. I’ll have to keep buying the lottery tickets. Maybe build Rhodes’ 1st banger track as well...?
What has been a highlight of working at P&B?
I was shocked to win outstanding achievement award 2019 because I just come to work and do my job to the best of my ability.
Another highlight is winning the new logo design a few years ago.
If you could meet one person, past or present who would it be?
Ian Brown the lead singer of the Stone Roses. I would convince him and the band to do another gig and recreate “spike island” (if you know, you know).
I never got to see them and would love to see them play live.
He is a down-to-earth, cool guy and I love all of their music from 1st hearing them in the late 80s and through the 90s, as well as their later music.
It’s been a tough time for everyone since March 2020 when the pandemic took grip. There’s been a total of 3 lockdowns since then – how has that been for you and what have you done to keep yourself busy?
There are several things about the lockdowns. The 1st one that affected me was being in Tenerife in March when it all kicked off and we were unsure if we were going to be allowed back home, after spending all day in the airport not knowing and with nothing being open.
It was a long worrying day but we did get home in the end.
The worst bit is not being able to see family & friends.
Pubs not being open is just not right!! But all through it, I have been at work as normal to keep the “farmers farming” plus Marie is a Postie and has been at work as normal too.
We’ve had a lot more takeaways than normal and the can bin has been getting a lot more