Bill Grisdale is a pillar in his community. He continues to run multiple businesses at his Brock Road location, and he somehow finds time to work with community organizations as well.
Bill enjoyed moderate success racing off road trucks in the 1970s. Like most fierce competitors, Bill and his friend and mechanic Harry Plastow sought speed anywhere they could. They knew that lighter means faster, so weight shed from their truck would bring faster acceleration and higher top speeds.
They determined that using lightweight fibreglass instead of the heavy steel truck body would save a great deal of weight, and they were right. They found a manufacturer in California capable of serving their needs, but the company was swamped with work. There was also the small matter of exchange rates, shipping, and customs brokers making the idea prohibitively expensive.
Armed with limited knowledge and a fibreglass roller Bill began production of his first fibreglass truck body. The idea was successful, and soon racers demanded he produce their bodies as well. A small shop was built next to his house, and Grisdale Enterprises was born.
The company grew through hard work and reliable service.
Today – more than 30 years later – the fibreglass shop is gone, but Bill Grisdale still works at helping racers in their quest for success. Grisdale Racing Products remains an important part of Grisdale Enterprises, but it makes up just one piece of Bill’s family-run business.
Run together with his daughter Tammy, and son-in-law Adam, Grisdale Enterprises now operates numerous businesses operating on one property: Grisdale Racing Products, Grisdale OK Tire and Auto Service, Grisdale Auto Sales, and Ry-Matt Mini Storage named after his grandchildren Ryan and Matt.
Bill proudly received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the local Chamber of Commerce in 2009, and he still believes in hard work and reliable service to his many customers.
Vice President of Operations
In his 20+ years with the family-run business Adam Lockwood has worked in every area of Grisdale Enterprises. When he joined the company in the late 1980s Adam was a welder by trade, and he worked in Grisdale’s trailer manufacturing facility.
When the company left trailer manufacturing behind Adam was offered the opportunity to move into customer service. It’s been more than 20 years, and Adam has served customers in the automotive service business, tire counter, racing parts shop, auto sales centre – all within the Grisdale Enterprises family.
Adam and his wife Tammy have three sons – Matthew, Ryan, and Jamie. All of them are third generation Grisdales working in the family business. Matthew works as shop foreman and mechanic while Ryan is focused on accounting and business operations. Regardless of whether it’s business or pleasure – family comes first with Adam Lockwood.
Like his grandfather Bill, Matthew has the need for speed. Mathew races a pro latemodel competitively, and much of Adam’s spare attention is spent as crew chief for Matt’s racing.
Regardless of whether it’s business or pleasure – family comes first with Adam Lockwood.
Warren handles all used vehicle sales for Grisdale Auto Sales. He has many years of experience in the industry. We could tell you how many years, but Warren won’t let us.
If you need a used vehicle Warren will know where to find it! The retired race car driver is a proud member of the Canadian Motorsports Hall of Fame. He spent years behind the wheel of a supermodified. These days he spends his off time at the golf course.