Andy Page – better known as Mr Kingswinford Tyres – prides himself in being fit to take on a stiff challenge.
The former Thai boxer and martial arts expert, with an enduring love of the great outdoors, confesses he’s humbled to still be at the peak of his game as a 49-year-old.
With “a great family” and a fast-fit business that enjoys accolades aplenty, the bodybuilder’s reputation as a giant-killer goes before him.
Not least, is his compensation triumph over Lidl, when his former business site in Stallings Lane came under threat with the supermarket chain’s development plans.
But there was one battle, he admits “that almost had me beaten” – trouble with his teeth.
Taking time out from his workshop bays and the stream of phone calls at his new premises in Dawley Brook Road, Andy reflects on what he describes as “an horrendous journey.”
His lower, front four teeth had become mobile and painful, as hereditary gum erosion had taken hold.
Several attempts to save them with “a metal splint and fillings” had failed.
“Looking back I seemed to be living at the dentists. My teeth were loose and painful and treatment just hadn’t worked.
“I have very positive outlook, but the teeth were horribly uncomfortable all of the time. No matter what I did I could not escape the discomfort and even when I sought treatment from a second dentist, the problem was still not resolved. I was just handing over money only to endure more pain.
“It made me ill . . . I was really quite poorly. I didn’t want to go out socially and I kept putting off regular monthly get-togethers with my brothers.
“People would ask what was wrong with me. I confess it affected my mind. It was an horrendous journey,” Andy recalls.
An unlikely breakthrough came on a motorbike training course, where Andy met fellow two-wheels enthusiast, Robbie Domokos.