|"I made friends for life|
Rob left school when he was 16 to earn money and was apprenticed as a motor mechanic to John Asplin & Sons.
Stayed for two years and left after developing severe dermatitis on his hands caused by diesel contamination. Went to Firestone Tyres as assistant storeman, followed by sales representative and then branch manager. Then head-hunted by rival tyre firm Goodyear in Hamilton.