About us

Woolies has a dedicated small team lead by Directors Duncan Allen and Louise Woolstenholmes Green, who will ensure that the original company policy of good, prompt friendly service along with keen prices is maintained and built on.

The Woolies Team
From top left, Duncan Allen, Ian Woolstenholmes (founder), Richard Walker, Louise Woolstenholmes Green
From bottom left, Caroline Woolstenholmes (founder), Lewis Fitzjohn, Janet Parker

Janet is a long standing member of the team and works in the office taking orders over the telephone and invoicing, many of our customers speak regularly with Janet.  Richard works in the warehouse, serving customers that visit us, packing and despatching orders and Lewis has now left us.

In October 2016 Woolies celebrated it's 40th Anniversary, a significant milestone which we are very proud of.  We would like to thank all customers for supporting us over the years and we look forward to many more years to come.

Woolies History

The company was started from scratch in October 1976 by Ian and Caroline Woolstenholmes from a double garage, with a nominal stock ultra keen prices and lots of enthusiasm !

After the first 18 months trading, Woolies rented space from Mike Pilbeam (Hill Climb championship car designers and manufacturers) in one of the old BRM workshops in Bourne, Lincs. The Company then purchased its present site in 1979, moved into purpose-built premises in 1980 and extended the building backwards and sideways towards the end of 1984.

Duncan joined Woolies in April 1990 and Louise joined in June 1998. Duncan and Louise are now Directors in the Company with Ian and Caroline having a less 'hands-on' role.

Racing background

Ian and Caroline had both been keen competitors in Vintage Sports Car Club events from the early '60's and mid '70's: circuit racing, sprints, hillclimbs and trials Click here to find out more about Ian and Caroline's competition background.