It was 1984 when Denny Rand turned his part time secondary source of income into what Victorians know today as Rand Automotive. Denny’s passion for cars found him in the trade and in 1966 at the age of 22 he had already completed his four year apprenticeship training and received his inter-provincial “Red Seal” as an automotive mechanic. Auto racing was one of Denny’s passions and he successfully campaigned with some of the most talented and famous of Victorian racers throughout the west coast for more than 35 years.Denny-dad
After more than a decade of working in the automotive industry Denny decided to lend his talents to the construction trade. He managed and maintained equipment at a local construction company and later aspired to operating overhead cranes on skyscrapers. It was early in the 80s when the construction trade was floundering that Denny converted his race car garage into a repair shop as a way to feed his family. At first he was just helping friends out with performance and mileage enhancements on their trucks and motor-homes, but soon the demand for his services became overwhelming. The services Denny offered was exactly what Victorians needed at the time, an honest hard working family man who was an expert in his field and offered value to friends of friends.
In 1984 Denny incorporated Rand Automotive and hired his first two employees. Denny’s long time racing buddy Rick Martin (Rickles) and his fresh out of high school son Gerry. It was within 3 years and two more employees that Rand Automotive outgrew its humble 4 bay beginnings in the backyard. In 1988 an empty lot on Beta Street near the Mayfair Mall came up for sale and soon there after an eight car and four bay shop was built on the premises. It was over the next 6 years that the building was expanded twice to facilitate the group of 15 employees.
In the fall of 1995 Denny sold the business to his son Gerry and the second generation at Rand Automotive took the helm. Through the years of constant change in the automotive industry Rand Automotive has continued to evolve. The rate of technology advancements and changes in the vehicles we worked on in the early eighties to today has been staggering, but the team at Rand Automotive has always been up for the challenge.
Denny passed away in 1999 but his legacy and his spirit still lives within our mission to deliver valued automotive service to friends of friends for years to come.
We believe this still to be what Victorians need.