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80 YEARS OF BOOTH’S
A Central Coast business driven by a Gosford family since 1939.
Local business Booth’s Motor Group proudly serves the community from three locations across the Central Coast – North Gosford, West Gosford and Tuggerah. At Booth’s we’re committed to customer satisfaction and our local community. We’re honest, reliable and hard-working, delivering great service, from one Central Coast family to another.
We’re small enough to care yet large enough to offer competitive automotive pricing. Booth’s is your trusted Central Coast Ford, Hyundai and Mitsubishi dealership, with a large range of new, used and demo vehicles on offer. At Booth’s, we truly believe in the products we sell and the services we offer. Buy local and support local Central Coast family businesses like Booth’s Motor Group.
The Beginning of Booth’s Legacy
Fred and Evelyn Booth opened Booth’s Garage right across the road from Gosford Train Station at 253 Mann Street on the NSW Central Coast. They borrowed money from family and the local bank to buy their own business. It’s a petrol station and parts supply store with a little workshop attached.
1939 – 1949
The War Years
The first few years were a struggle for the new business as WW2 has just broken out… Fuel and electricity are soon rationed and everyday items are harder to come by. However, in difficult times like these Fred proved himself to be a clever mechanic, while Evelyn astutely handles all the business dealings.
Operating the fuel bowsers by hand during blackouts is back-breaking work, so Fred modifies the pump. It now operates by Kevin a bike on a mounted stand. He becomes and export in charcoal gas burning, helping to keep cars going. Kevin soon earns the nickname Coaly from constantly being covered in charcoal dust.
The Suburban Dream
The number of vehicles on the road jumped from 900,000 in the 1940s to over 1.8 million in the mid-50s. The suburban dream now included a garage and all the latest labour-saving appliances. It’s no doubt this was a great time to be in the motoring industry and Booth’s Motor Group continued to grow. By the mid-1950’s Australian was building over 58,000 vehicles per year!
The Era of Social and Political Upheaval
The 1960s in Australia was an era of social and political upheaval. From the Vietnam War to the 1965 freedom Ride for Indigenous Aboriginal rights. The Kennedy assassination rocked the world, while the loss of Fred Booth impacted the local Central Coast community and Booths.
There were 6 car manufacturers in Australia in the 1960s with 1 in 6 employees employed in the automotive industry. The Holdens, Falcons, Morris Minor’s & Mini’s where all the rage with the Hillman hunter becoming one of the more popular Chrysler vehicles – particularly at Booth’s Motor Group
1939 – 2019
Celebrating 80 Years Of Booths
Concise history, told by Fred & Evelyn’s Son – Kevin Booth. Booth’s Motor Group is one of the oldest family businesses on the Central Coast, celebrating 80-Years of service. Kevin’s continued support of the local Central Coast community earned him an Order of Australia medal in 1989. We thank both past and present Booth’s Motor Group employees and customers for their continued support over the past 80 years. From one Central Coast Family to another, thank you – Our ongoing success is a tribute to all.
Why Booth’s Motor Group
Proudly Serving the Central Coast Since 1939
Booth’s Motor Group has been helping Central Coast motorists on and off the road for almost 80 years.
Family Owned & Operated
Locations in North Gosford & Tuggerah
Special Offers Available
Open 7 Days
Trusted Member of Your Community
When it comes to servicing or repairs, trust experts that know your vehicle inside and out.
Factory Trained Technicians
State-Of-The-Art Equipment & Tools
Comprehensive Warranty Service
100% Genuine Parts
Fast, Accurate and Cost Efficient
You won’t find a better price on any Hyundai or Mitsubishi model you’re after anywhere else on the Central Coast.
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