Sadly, last month Robert Allen, a highly respected Western Australian dealership owner passed away aged 81.Robert has had a 60-year career that spanned the glory days of the nation’s car retailing industry.Â Robert started his career in the automotive industry in 1962, whenÂ a Dealer who sold him a carÂ offered him a job as a salesman. Â In 1968 he started to operate his own dealership and a year later, teamed up with Lee Elvish, to run Bermuda Motors. Later he formed a partnership with Gardner and Peters (Metro Motors). From 1984 he partnered up withÂ Harold Schoolland under the Allen Group and has had franchises including Honda, Mazda, Kia, Suzuki, Isuzu Ute, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Skoda, Nissan and Peugeot Citroen. Mr Schoolland, who had worked as a business partner with Robert for 37 years and described the business relationship as “a very rewarding and satisfying partnership”. Mr Allen was known for supporting automotive employees, he established many apprenticeship programs in WA. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues.