Introductions – The Son

Alistair (Ali) Richards

Ali joined the business in 1995 and was just as passionate about Land Rovers as his father Andy.  Of course Ali’s knowledge was mainly on later models & not so much the old ex-military models that Andy had ‘cut his teeth’ on, but he grasped the intricacies of the Land Rover engine with both hands working on different models, until it was obvious other parts of the business were taking up so much time as to make it impossible to work on vehicles manually any more.  Ali doesn’t have an awful lot to do with the giftware side apart from doing his bit towards packing.  His passions are firmly set on the vehicle parts side & he spends hours checking & listing items on both our main vehicle parts website John Richards or our eBay Shop JohnRichardsSurplus.  He also deals with our regular Land Rover customers at our retail outlet face to face & on the phone, and he’s in charge of ordering vehicle parts from our wholesale suppliers.

Ali’s other passion is sport, primarily football, but he takes an interest in most sports and the radio will be on in both the workshop & the office when any major sporting event is taking place.


Introductions – The Boss

Welcome to The Nest at John Richards new blog!

We will be introducing our little John Richards family to you one by one and I think it only right that we start with the boss.

Andrew (Andy) Richards 

Andy joined his father John in the family Land Rover business in 1973.   He worked with his father, learning all he could about early Land Rovers which became his passion.  He built land rovers to use both on & off road and his own trialling vehicle, becoming well known in the local community of Land Rover enthusiasts.  He accompanied his father on trips to Germany to buy Land Rovers. He also worked on the vehicles, stripping engines, rebuilding gearboxes, and doing anything else that was required to make their vehicles the best that they could offer to the public.  After the death of his father in 2004, Andy took full control of the firm assisted by his son Alistair (more on him later).  Not only does Andy have a passion for Land Rovers, but he loves his home county of Shropshire and the beauty of the surrounding countryside.  This has made him an ardent photographer of landscapes and he loves to spend many a happy hour, driving around Shropshire & nearby North Wales with his camera, ready to clamber up or down a hill to get that perfect shot. We’ll be posting some of Andy’s pictures at a later date.

Andy tweets as @JRs_partsonline and has a business Facebook page: John Richards.  The Land Rover website is John Richard Surplus & the eBay Shop completes the set!

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