A Horsham motorcycle shop owner is hoping to attract young artists for a competition to create a striking new front for his premises.
Rob Hurst, owner of New Street Motorcyclists, wants to encourage young and upcoming artists to come and help cover his shop front in motorcycle murals such as chequered flags in a tagging type of graffiti.
Ideally he wants several artists to compete, with the winner receiving some type of reward, and if he could drum up some sponsorship he could put the money towards charity.
Rob said: “I think the customers would appreciate it. The business is a bit of fun, we are not selling pensions. I’m here to enjoy myself and if everyone else can enjoy it that’s great.”
Having sold his previous business selling and hiring all-terrain vehicles, jet skis, and motorbikes, he rented a place in New Street to restore his own bikes and build up his bike collection, while doing the odd MOT.
However, he now does 1,600 services and MOTs a year, and is looking at 200 per cent growth a year.
“Bikes have been a personal interest of mine all my life. My first bike when I was eight was a Honda Nova,” he added.
“I like all bikes or machines. I’m a petrolhead. Anything that lives on limited fossil fuels I like it.”
Rob lives in Pease Pottage with his wife and two kids and has done stunt work for televsion shows such as Top Gear, and said it was ‘wonderful but stressful’.
Now he is building a family business with solid foundations which he hopes he can leave to his children.
He lists honesty, integrity, enthusiasm and openness as the things that make him successful.
“Give the customer a little bit of time. Listen to their stories and answer their questions. It’s not about profit it’s about building relationships,” he explained.
“All the complexities are founded, built, and maintained by old school values.”
The diversity of customers and the diversity of jobs he gets to perform are two of the best things about his job.
To get involved call Rob on 01403 241103.