Popular Mary Valley mechanics shut shop after 40 years
AFTER more than 40 years of fixing engines, the owners of Amamoor's Diamondfield Motors have shut the hood on the iconic Mary Valley business.
Mr Edwards started in a shed on his family's property on Diamondfield Rd, after completing his apprenticeship with a Ford dealership at Noosa, about 43 years ago.
He was joined by Mr Walters two years later when he finished his Ford apprenticeship in Gympie.
They then opened in an old Blacksmith shop on Busby St, where the business became a family affair with the help of their wives Jenni Edwards and Jenny Walters.
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It was a career spent working on a life's passion, Mr Walters said.
"I enjoy mechanical things," he said.
With such a long run under the belt the duo witnessed many changes in the automitve industry.
Mr Walters said the biggest shift had been the one to modern electronics.
He said the four decade run meant Diamondfield had witnessed three generations of families pass through its doors.
It was "the people" Mr Walters said he would miss the most.
And the people feel the same way about Mr Walters and Mr Edwards, with the pair the guests of honour at an afternoon retirement party last week.
"I remember Bill as a young fellow in shorts," Col Blanckensee said.
"He's done a marvellous job for this district and should be proud of it.
"Without (Mr Edwards), we are going to be up the creek without a paddle."
Mr Walters said the next stage of his life was clear.
"I'm going to pull back the throttle, change down a couple of gears … and enjoy the view out the window," he said.