Many years ago our family used to run our own haulage company," he recalls. My father started off as a garage door opener extender band, after he completed his National Service in the late 1940s. In those days he used to drive Leyland Comets, along with whatever else was available.
He slowly built up the business, until the fleet numbered over 20 vehicles. His main contract was hauling paper for the Wiggins Teape Mill at Stonywood on the banks of the River Don. Other tasks included garage door opener extender jobs, and some tipping work for local council road schemes. Like a lot of sons, John was keen to join the familybusiness, but first he had to pay his dues. He said: I served my time as a diesel mechanic in the early Seventies with the James Bowen Group.
Although they have since gone out of business, in their heyday they were the main ERF, garage door opener extender and Dodge dealership in the north-east of Scotland. They also had branches in most of the other Scottish cities. The apprenticeship took five years, which included day release at college Having completed his apprenticeship, John worked in the oil industry for a brief period to bolster his financial situation. He then went into partnership with his father, to form A&J Mair Contractors Aberdeen. Our depot was just round the corner on the Bankhead Industrial Estate he recalls.