In 1973, Bernard Cody established Bernard Cody Motor Engineers. Back then, like most entrepreneurs, Bernard just wanted to make a living that would support his family and do the thing he enjoyed most – working on cars.
Derek Evans joined Bernard in 1992 and the pair have worked together ever since. This year, Bernard will semi retire from the business and is handing the reins to Derek. We caught up with Derek at the Station Approach workshop near the railway station in Penarth.
After 25 years working with Bernard, will you miss him?
Bernard’s been brilliant to work with but he’s sixty- ve and, although in excellent health, he wants to devote more time to raising money for the charities he has been quietly supporting for over 40 years. It just seemed the right time for both of us, I am pleased to have the opportunity to take over.
Will Bernard have any involvement going forward?
Definitely. Although the legal ownership will change, he will still be here part time doing MOTs and generally working on his own projects. He has several cars and motorcycles to keep roadworthy so he won’t be bored.
Will there be any change to the services you offer?
No, not at all. We’ve earned an excellent reputation over the years so it’ll be business as usual; MOTs, servicing, repairs, engine diagnostics and bodywork. We also undertake restoration projects on all makes of classic cars.
What marques do you work on?
Anything and everything. There’s not much we haven’t seen over the years and we’ve pretty much worked on every brand and model there is.
What types of customer do you attract?
We work with private owners and have many commercial contracts. Because of the quality of the service we offer we find most of our work comes from word of mouth and customers tend to remain loyal to us. I have to declare an interest at this point. I’m also a customer of Derek and Bernard so can recommend them highly.
“I recall Derek telling me about renowned motor-sport radio broadcaster, Greg Strange, who even after moving to London, would bring his Daimler down to Penarth for them to work on it. They also renovated an Alvis from Norfolk which was subsequently voted best drophead in the country. I’m not surprised, they’ve been nothing but helpful and you get none of the proverbial BS you get from a lot of garages. Derek taking over is great news and I suspect Bernard, although he claims to be taking a back step, will keep his hand in. We wish them both the very best for the future.” – Mark Roberts
Bernard Cody Motor Engineers
C1 Station Approach, Penarth CF64 3EE
029 2070 4293