Motordrome had its beginnings in the early 70s when Basil Le Prou opened a small tyre service and retread plant in Hastings. The company grew to be one of the largest independent tyre companies in NZ, with eight tyre centres and three retreading factories throughout the lower North Island. In 1987, Basil wanted a new direction in life, so he sold the company to the Gorson Group from Gisborne. They, in turn, sold off the branches to various individual owners.
In 1991, Basil's family – including current managing director Lester Colville-Smith and long-serving staff member and current Hastings branch manager Alan Wright – purchased back the Hastings Tyre Service and Retread Factory and opened branches in Masterton and Napier, which is now managed by Basil’s grandson Wade Colville-Smith.
With the decline in retreading, Motordrome looked for complementary services to include with its tyre activities and decided to branch into mechanical servicing, WOF testing and batteries, joining with the AA to form Motordrome Tyre and Auto Services as it remains today, a complete one-stop shop providing customers with all their automotive needs.