S & T Garage (Sykes & Tilsley) was the garage jointly owned by Ron Sykes and Brian Tilsley in a 60/40 partnership bought in August 1982 with the money they earned from working in Qatar. Brian put in £2,000.
In March 1983, Brian accuses Ron of not pulling his weight in the partnership - Ron retaliates with a buy me out or sell out ultimatum, and Brian goes to the bank for a loan and buys Ron out, renaming the garage . In July, Brian's father Bert is helping out whilst recuperating after a stroke. Something goes wrong with the compressor whilst he is inflating a lorry tyre, there is an explosion and Bert is seriously injured.