September 17 2012.

Don Smith, Chairman of one of the UK's longest established tyre distribution companies, BMTR, (Birmingham Motor Tyres), passed away on Wednesday 5th September 2012, at the age of 89.

BMTR, the parent company of motorcycle tyre wholesaler Bike Tyrestore was founded shortly after WW1 and Don took the reins of his father's business, after returning from the army at the end of WW2. His sons now head up the two divisions, with Peter taking care of the motorcycle operation, and Paul the automotive.

Don was a leading figure in the tyre industry throughout his career, being President of the National Tyre Distributor's Association in 1969, and was active in many other fields, including Rotary, where he was a past-President of the Birmingham club.

Although semi-retired, he continued to be involved with the family business as Chairman right up to his death.

His funeral, in his home town of Sutton Coldfield, will take place next week.