Dealer proud of legendary brand’s history

Honda hub . . . Balclutha’s one-stop shop for high-powered hardware. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

This year, Ewan Allan Honda celebrates a proud, 50-year history of riding alongside the Honda brand itself.

And today’s Balclutha dealership has been there from the very beginning.

The dealership’s roots date back to the early 1970s when Ken Hasler opened the second Honda dealership in New Zealand at 76 Clyde St, Balclutha.

Honda itself began not as a business, but as a dream.

Over 70 years ago, with his love of machinery and challenging spirit, Soichiro Honda imagined a way to improve people’s lives by creating an affordable means of transport and built his first motorised bicycle.

From these humble beginnings Honda has grown to become the world’s largest engine manufacturer, a proud legacy and powerful force for the future, represented in South Otago at the Ewan Allan Dealership.

Honda began another revolution in the 1980s when Honda’s trikes appeared.

‘‘Before this farming was predominantly two-wheelers,’’ manager Gavin Sutton said.

Lifestyles . . . Ewan Allan Honda sales manager Gavin Sutton supplies collectable retro styles along with the latest motorcycle technology. PHOTO: NICK BROOK

‘‘They could pull trailers, mount sprayers and were safer and more stable and economical. Everybody wanted that versatility.

‘‘Then Honda’s quads came along with more power and options, and today we’re leading the way with side-by-side ATV technology.’’

Ewan Allan Honda supplies brand-new machines and top-notch used vehicles and has the parts, accessories and mechanical expertise to keep them upgraded and working hard.

Ewan Allan Honda is not just motorcycles. We stock the Honda Outdoors Range, including generators, pumps and boat engines.

Also, with brands Stihl, Masport and Cub Cadet weare here to supply all your petrol and battery-power products, and manual or ride-on mowers, and every accessory from oils to personal protective equipment.

We are standing by or a phone call away.

‘‘We’re very fortunate with our team,’’ Gavin said.

‘‘We have five qualified mechanics, and with another five fulltime staff who are just as passionate about their specialties, we have a showroom and workshop team who really enjoy servicing our customers’ needs.’’

This legacy along with legendary backup service is on your doorstep with Gavin and the team at Ewan Allan Honda Balclutha.

‘‘We would like to thank all our customers for their loyalty and support over the years, therefore we would like to invite them to help celebrate our 50 years of Honda in South Otago on Friday, May 12 at 4.30pm with us here at 88 Clyde St, Balclutha.’’