SCUGOG: Since it opened, on Tuesday, August 1st, Blackstock Motorsports has, for the most part, been picking up where Asselstine Country left off.
The Suzuki and Yamaha ATV, snowmobile, and motorcycle dealer is owned by Josh Michaud and his father Jim.
Josh Michaud explained, to The Standard, why they decided to purchase the former Asselstine Country building.
"We've been enthusiasts our whole life. I raced bikes when I was young, and then growing up, I enjoyed riding bikes and four-wheelers and quads and sleds, whatever I could get my hands on,” he said. “Then I went away for school and did my business program. My dad had retired from the previous company he owned, and then we decided to move back and buy a farm that is just 3 km up the road. We saw this become available in April, and my father [and I] discussed [the possibility of buying the place] and decided it would be a good idea.”
He also spoke about what people can expect from Blackstock Motorsports.
"New product, more product, a fast service. We are trying to keep the small town feeling. I'm happy to say that the whole staff stayed on,” he said. "We are still certified for Suzuki and Yamaha, but with brand new products, some used products that we take in. Our Yamaha lineup consists of mostly Grizzlies, Kodiak 450s, YZ250s, YZ125s, pretty much your whole motocross lineup. We've brought in a lot of kid's snowmobiles, trying to bring a good line of products out for kids. As well, just your day to day parts and service. We are still making that a big part, because it is a good money maker for us and keeps Yamaha products on the road.”
Josh elaborated on the repair service they provide.
"We try not to deal with too many outsider bikes, like Kawasaki and stuff. If you want just a service on it, that's not too bad, but as far as ordering parts for other bikes, other than Yamaha and Suzuki, it makes it very difficult.”
Josh said having “ a loyal clientele base” already established has made the transition easier for them.
"All we really need to do is keep the business running,” he said.
He added that his father has been an integral part of the business.
"He knows the ins and outs of running a business, so that's where his major key part is. He's been an advertising monster, as far as Blackstock Motorsports goes,” he said. “He's just been diving back into the business world. It's been 10 years since he's been in a business, so it was funny to watch him get the rust off, but he was successful in that process. He's got that old generation work ethic, where you just don't stop working. Even when you are off work, you are still working."
Blackstock Motorsports will be holding a grand opening party all day at the store, on Saturday, October 14th.
Blackstock Motorsports is located at 3580 Byers Rd. in Blackstock.
For more information, they can be contacted at 905-986-4437.