It is perhaps a bit unusual to meet a woman owner of a tyre business, but Moira Ross of Palm Tyre Service at 10 Cannon Street, Maitland does not have to stand back one inch for her male peers. She has been involved with tyres since a very young age, and last year Palm Tyre Service proudly celebrated its 60th birthday. The youngest of four children, Moira was always around, running errands for her father, Neville Ross, who started the business after he returned from World War way back in 1946. Although she first worked at a lights and electrical appliances shop called Edel Art, and then as fashion rep in Namibia, she came back to South Africa and to Palm Tyre Service in 1980.
"I had no work and just stood around until they started sending me around, asking me to do odd jobs. In that way I got involved in the tyre business," she explains.
When her father died in 1995 at the age of 73, Moira took over the business. Her brother Basil runs a branch in George and Howard, her nephew, runs the Strand branch very successfully.
It doesn't take long to realise that Moira knows all there is to know about tyres. And this writer wishes she had known about Palm Tyre Service long ago. I remember the fIrst time I had to have a puncture fixed, and then later having to replace tyres. Knowing absolutely nothing about the topic, it was rather intimidating for me walking into a tyre business and asking for something completely unfamiliar. I felt so stupid. If only I knew then about Moira at Palm Tyre Service, it definitely would have been the place to go. Moira offers an invitation to women to have their vehicles' tyres checked. "So many women's cars serve as a 'Mom's taxi'. Bring your car we will make sure that everything is safe and legal, and that everything works properly," she says. "Women usually don't look after their tyres. We can do that for you, so that you and Your passengers (many times other parents'
children) can be safe.
"When we check the balancing, we also check the tyre pressure and other general problems such as CV joints, bearings, shocks and brake pads."
Palm also offers the following services:
• Wheel balancing.
• Wheel alignment.
• Free rotation of tyres if two or more tyres have been bought from Palm Tyre Service.
This is done to prolong the life ...,... All new, well-known brands tyres are available at Palm Tyre Service, including Continental, Dunlop, Firestone, Goodyear, Kumho. Michelin and Pirelli. "Although Michelin is definitely my favourite brand of tyre, I am prowd to say that South African tyre producers are manufacturing world-class tyres that are now being exported, thanks to their good quality."Locally made tyres are excellent because they are specifically made for local conditions."Good tyres are very important to ensure the safety of passengers of a vehicle," says Moira "A survey showed that between 14% and 25% of road accidents are caused by smooth tyres.
"Remember that the gripping ability on dry road of a tyre with lmm of tread compared to one with 3mm means it takes 25% more distance to stop a vehicle. In wet weather a smooth tyre has no grip on the road at all," says Moira. The name of the business came from a giant palm tree on the premises, situated on Cannon Street, and now Palm Tyre Service has become a landmark in Maitland. On Palm Tyre Service's license stickers and specially made fridge magnets there is a horse shoe logo. It was incorporated in the logo because my father was a keen horse man. He owned race horses himself and had many friends in racing circles.
"Years ago Cannon Road was the main road between the two major racecourses in Milnerton and Kenilworth. Many trainers,racehorse owners and jockeys used to meet at Palm Tyre Service to do jackpots and have their tyres serviced," says Moira. "I've had great times over the past 27 years and I have many regular customers. My Passion is Palm Tyre Service, and it brings me great joy to come to work every day. "I'd like to thank all my faithful customers and amazing suppliers for their friendship, loyalty and laughs over the years," says Moira. The majority of clients at Palm Tyre Service come to the business thanks to word-of-mouth, and her staff are friendly and look happy. "I am the third generation of my family to work here," says Abraham Brandt Jr, a staff member. "Both my grandfather worked here. And I am very here."