We were looking for a picture of the George Lloyd Motorcycle supermarket in Peacock Cross (Which is now a Carpet superstore) as i understood they were one of the largest motorbike suppliers in the UK. We couldn’t track a picture down, however we did manage to hear a little bit about the Bike superstore.

The Muir Street Garage.
The Muir Street Garage.

I spoke with Yvonne Hamill who works at the Hamilton Motorcycle services and she did manage to track down a picture, she told us.

“In the picture is George Lloyd who is the one with the white shirt (far right) next to him on the left is Bert Sneddon then next is Hugh Adams only other one that I can recall is on far left who is Billy Strain.

George Lloyd died in 2013 and is buried in the bent cemetery. His business lives on through his wife and kids. This is the works shop the show room was in Cadzow street which became the rococo night club.

They then moved to their purpose build show room at peacock cross which is now a carpet shop. George Lloyd was the biggest motorcycle set up in Europe in the 1970s.

The last apprentice was a guy called David who served his time in the peacock cross hypermarket! He was there till they stopped selling bikes in 1987. Years later we opened Hamilton motorcycles in the 1st lloyds workshop. We opened Hms in April 2003”

The Garage as it is today.
The Garage as it is today.


  1. Hello there, I worked for Lloyd Bros in the East Kilbride shop before it closed and I relocated to the new Peacock Cross shop. I was a motorcycle mechanic. Bert and Billy were very good mechanics. George was a real character and I liked him a lot. Lots of stories and lots of fun……happy to wrrite a bit more if you like. Regards, Ian Mitchell

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    1. Hi ian.i worked with you in hamilton.i remember the day you were coming to work and a piece of plastic stuck to the exhaust of your immaculate kawasaki .you were in a mad rage
      Alex Cavanagh

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      1. Hi Alex, Apologies I only just saw this posting! Magic to hear from a Lloyds guy and I remember you. Where are you these days? I think I remember that plastic incident. The other one I remember was coming leaving East Kilbride on a winter morning but the roads were bone dry. I was coming round a corner to pick up George the apprentice and all of amsudden down went the bike. Black ice in the shadow of the armco. Ground right through generator cover. Not happy! All the best, Mitch

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  2. I recall in the seventies going to Lloyd’s motorcycle open days and on one occasion took out a silver Laverda Jota followed by a black and gold Ducati 900 SS.Very trusting in those days and the place was a mecca.Great memories!

    Gordon Hill.

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    1. Hi Remember the open days George took me pillion on Orange Laverda Jota I bought a new Suzuki 250 x7 and Yamaha RD400e from LIoyds Peacock cross shop.
      Ian littlejohn

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  3. Hi there I come from Motherwell I bought my first bike from Lloyd Brothers in 1973 it was a little Honda Graduate moped 50cc the type you pedalled to start I paid it up the princely sum of £65 .
    The shop was truly a Mecca for bikers and George was a right gentleman he used to drive a Ferrari Dino back then awesome.

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  4. Bought my first really new bike from the Cadzow St. shop, a Yamaha DT400MX the shop seemed to be on a few levels if I remember correctly and it was steep descent leaving with the new bike to the road from the workshop.

    Then a few years later from Peacock Cross site I bought a Benelli 750 Sei (still got it), with from what I remember, was a free teaspoon of petrol in it! It was snowing as well.

    Great shop and lots of wonderful bikes on display. Oh how I remember walking past many Suzuki Rotaries in there going for buttons..

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  5. when i left school 1975 my first job was with george lloyd at church street /cadzow street showroom i was suppose to train as a mechanic the nearest i got to the being a mechanic was pushing the bikes just bought to be reg plated over to the workshops across from the museum still remember pushing norton commando 850,s and worse was the gold wings up that damn hill in the auld toon green got fed up after 4 months that and left with a pocket full of metal badges guid days first bike was a kawa kh 250 tripe rapid bike for its time done 103 mph coming from motherwell racing a new yam rd 250 happy times

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  6. I worked as a sales clerk in Lloyd Bros, first at the showroom in Cadzow Street and then at the new place at Peacock Cross. I moved into the new place before it had any electricity or heating – it was Winter and cold. My desk was placed right at the front door (to give me some light) and I wore a sheepskin jacket to keep warm. George was an enigmatic man -miserly yet generous. I Worked for him from 1976 until I was made redundant in 1986. In those ten years I received one pay rise and I was expected not only to work in the office but to deliver bikes as well, so he got a van driver and an office worker for next to nothing. George always got the maximum from his workers. Being made redundant from Motorcycle World was the best thing that happened to me as a new door opened towards a new career. George died a few years ago and is buried in the Bent – a strange place to be buried for him as he and his family lived in the South of France.

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  7. My Dad took me to the Cadzow St showroom when I was a kid, he was buying his 2stroke Harley. I was smitten by the aroma of petrol and oil from the bikes inside the showroom 😋. Used to visit there quite often and bought a Honda Superdream from the very man himself (George), very nice man.

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