Let’s Start at the Beginning… Anthony Sparrow

After more than 25 years experience in all aspects of the recovery industry including car and commercial recovery and management, Anthony Sparrow joined forces with his wife Becky and started RSS Recovery only 3 years ago. Despite having their first recovery truck stolen only two weeks after launch, and in the face of an unprecedented global recession, Anthony and Becky have achieved success that many can only dream of – the fastest growing company in the industry.

What’s your current job title?
Manager / Owner of RRS Recovery Services

How many vehicles do you operate?

What was your first truck?
Mercedes 814 ECO with a fully demountable body

What is or has been your favourite truck?
Difficult one – either our Volvo FH known as Arkroyal or Mercedes 814 which started everything off.

The Arkroyal recovering a bendybus

What was your worst buy?
Mini 1275GT when I was 17. It cost me a fortune to put right

What was the best time to be in breakdown/recovery?
As we only started 3 years ago, the best time for us was the bad winter at the end 2009

What do you feel is the most positive thing about the industry?
The industry has come on in leaps and bounds in training and health and safety and this can only be a good thing.

Do you expect to see any changes in the industry over the next few years?
I think there will be more legislation with health & safety and tachographs will become compulsory.

What’s the most important lesson you have learned in life?
Trust nobody and defeat your enemies with success

Do you have any hobbies outside work?
Riding my Motorbike but never seem to get the time anymore. I still enjoy watching Motorbike racing though.

Who do you think has been (or is) our best prime minister?

What kind of car do you drive?
Toyota Hilux Invincible & Suzuki Hayabusa

Anthony’s favourite toy – Suzuki Hayabusa

Do you have a favourite car or one you would like to own?
Lamborghini Countach Anniversary model or a Ford Escort RS1800

Who in life do you most admire?
Richard Branson

What was the first record you bought?
It was an album called ‘Appetite for Destruction’ by Guns & Roses

What is your favourite book?
It is an autobiography by Valentino Rossi entitles ‘What if I had never tried.’

What is your favourite film?
The Hunt for Red October

Who is your favourite comedian?
Lee Evans

What is your favourite food?
Roast beef Sunday dinner

Where is your favourite place, anywhere?
Los Cristianos Tenerife great weather all year and really friendly place

What alternative career would you have favoured if it had not been in the motor trade?
No idea to be honest. I did drive an artic for 7 years and the money was good.

Anthony & Becky’s son arrives at his school prom in style

The Invincible

RRS York Depot

Arc Royal with boom extended