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(07) 4772 3233
45-49 Charters Towers Road
(07) 4779 9111
Cnr Charles & Anne Streets

  • Locally owned specialistsGetting you the right products and the right advice
  • A dedicated expert teamWhether for business or private we'll look after you
  • On site exhaust repairs and replacementsAsk us about our great range of performance upgrades
  • General mechanical services for your carIncluding log book servicing along with all repair work
  • Townsville towing system specialistWhether you're towing a caravan or boat we can help you
  • Modern, fully equipped workshopLocated in two convenient Townsville locations

The Bob Parkes story

Born in Home Hill in 1937, Bob Parkes was educated in Townsville. He left school at the age of 14 to work for the then ‘International' dealers, ‘Casey Motors'. At 17 Bob up and left town to spend the next 4 years working on a cattle station in the Prairie District. He eventually returned to Townsville in 1958 to partner his brother in operating the old ‘BP North Ward Service Station' (then situated on the corner of Eyre & Gregory Streets).

Two years later Bob took up a position as a sales rep for the ‘General Rubber Tyre Company'. He married soon after this and left to live in Hughenden in 1961, where the company was taken over by ‘United Tyre Service'. 1965 saw a quick stint (18 months) up in Cairns before he returned to Townsville as the sole operator of the “Esso”
Service Station, on the corner of Hugh Street & Ingham Road.

In 1971, just before Cyclone Althea, Bob started his new business, ‘Bob Parkes Automotive' in Flinders Street across the road from the old Railway Station (the building currently occupied by Norm Hyatt Locksmith). Bob specialized in various automotive accessories, as well as mechanical repairs.

In August 1975 ‘Bob Parkes Muffler City' was born, with Bob moving the business to Somer Street, behind Holden and Ford, this move saw the introduction of a machine not before seen outside of Sydney and Melbourne, “The Pipe Bender”. This new innovation, along with the continuation of his mechanical repairs, saw the business flourish. Bob's eldest son Mark joined the business in 1979 and in 1984 he took control of an additional premises, on the corner of Charles & Anne Streets in Aitkenvale.

The 1980's saw Bob's other 3 sons join the business at various stages. Peter completed a mechanical apprenticeship before moving on to a career in the transport industry. Youngest son Paul worked as a salesman before moving south to join Mercury Mufflers', Bob's main supplier of his exhaust components. Robert joined the business in 1988 to complete the family connection.

In 2001, Bob and the boys had outgrown their Somer Street shop, so a move was made to the premises on Charters Towers Road and the company had never looked back. 2008 saw Mark part company with the business and with Bob's gradual retirement from the business, Robert took the reins into the future. His first move was to put his off-sider for the last 15 years, local car enthusiast Dallas Paterson, in charge of the Aitkenvale store. This move has breathed new life into the business and Robert is confident both stores can provide a high level of service to the Townsville community for many more years, keeping up the tradition started by Bob all those years ago.

HYDE PARK STORE - (07) 4772 3233 - 45-49 Charters Towers Road
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TOWING SYSTEMS AT AITKENVALE - (07) 4779 9111 - Cnr Charles & Anne St.
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