Eric Clapton Was Wrong and Big News from Scott
I love the way Eric Clapton croons the song Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out. And although there's a lot of truth in that song, it's not entirely true. I'm writing you today to set the record straight on a lot of things.
First off, Eric Clapton didn't write that song. The blues classic was written in 1923. And it's been sung by the likes of Bessie Smith, Count Bassie, John Lennon, Otis Redding, and B.B. King, just to name a few. It has stood the test of time because we can all relate to the fleeting nature of material wealth and the friendships that come and go with it.
The past few years have brought tough times for a lot of people, me included. And, my challenges have been broadcast in the news. But, we all know that these days the news is more about speculation and rumors than it is about accurate reporting. Up until now, I haven't been able to talk much about what's really been going on with
Britt Motorsports, but I'm finally ready to set the record straight.
Fact: We've been around for 35 years and we're not going anywhere.
My family opened Britt Motorsports in 1976.We're proud of our Britt Motorsports and Hotrodz Motorcycles locations. We're proud to serve the communities of Wilmington, Fayetteville and Morehead City, not only as a business but as an active contributor to community events (more than 40 events just last year where we raised upwards of $70,000 to support local families and charities). But we're most proud of the relationships we've developed with you, our customers, over the past 35 years.
Fact: Change is inevitable.
The motor vehicle industry has gone through traumatic changes in the last few years. Financial institutions that previously funded vehicle inventory have changed the rules of lending in the middle of the game. As a result, we have been forced to adopt a new business model.
Fact: Change is good.
Like most people, I tried to resist the change. After all, for 35 years, we've been a franchised dealership that focused on new products! But, when I took my sentimental feelings out of the equation and started examining our company, I realized that we could make a change for the better. A change that would benefit all of us...
Fact: Britt Motorsports is proud to announce that we now operate as independent pre-owned motorsports dealerships.
We've said 'goodbye' to our franchise agreements and unreasonable lenders and 'hello' to an incredible inventory of pre-owned Harley Davidson, Yamaha, Suzuki, Kawasaki and Honda products. As an independent dealer of pre-owned motor products, we have the freedom to get creative and provide an unmatched customer experience for our clients. Our service department will now offer professionally trained techs to maintain every brand of motorcycle with tires, lubes, maintenance, and minor repairs. In short, Britt Motorsports and Hotrodz Motorcycles will now offer greater selection, better value, and the personalized customer service that has been our hallmark for all brands of motorcycles. We are dedicated to becoming an even better business as we start a new chapter in our company history.
Fact: There really are people who love you when you're "down and out".
If there is one thing I've learned over the past few years, it's that our community of motorsports enthusiasts is a loyal one. I am incredibly grateful for the outpouring of support from our dedicated staff, my loving family, and from our loyal customers during these difficult times. Even if things we're looking down for a while, we counted our blessings that we weren't "out".
Throughout its history, Britt Motorsports has been dedicated to serving our community; we are humbled and honored that during this brutal economy our community has rallied behind us. We appreciate all of your kind comments on Facebook and we value your continued trust. We are ready to earn your business, your respect, and your continued friendship as we step into the future.