In reality the Ballard’s business idea all started back in the 80’s during my racing years in the USA. Luckily, I had met up with a US desert racer Al Baker who had convinced me that it would be a great idea to start a business back in Australia based on the very popular Honda XR’s. Baker had also played a huge part in the development of those bikes and of course knew them inside and out plus the large numbers that had been sold back here in OZ.
So from a hand shake deal back in 1989 I kicked things off and straight away had felt it was important to produce some sort of informative parts and information brochure, but with business pressures and the new XR race team we’d formed, our first catalogue had to be pushed back to 1990. With more time it had managed to grow even bigger, after jamming in as many new products as we could and turning it more into a catalogue than a simple brochure. Funnily enough that philosophy still runs true today.
In GB’s words.”Riding has pretty much been my life and I’ve always loved tinkering with bikes and with different parts. To be lucky enough to continue to do that with this MXstore partnership plus with it’s opportunities to grow this Aussie company is awesome! My main mission here now is to try and continue to source great products, develop new things and get them out there at the most affordable prices possible. Also, I’m really excited to work more and more with clubs and events like the A4DE, AORC and a heap of other events, especially with our supported riders for 2019 being Jeremy Carpentier, Kyron Bacon and world champs Jess Gardiner and Matty Phillips.”