VALE: GARRY DUMBRELL
Automotive aftermarket industry stalwart passes away after accident at home
Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine was saddened to hear of the recent passing of industry stalwart, Garry Dumbrell.
Garry, a former Treasurer, Vice President and long-time supporter of the AAAA, passed away following an accident at home in October at the age of 64.
He started Allbrells Northcote in October 1977 with $5,000 and within eight years built Allbrells to 21 stores, having bought Dynamic Auto from Repco in the meantime.
Around 1982 Garry took over the family’s Wynn’s Victorian distributorship.
He was the first person in Australia to sell Wynn’s Mark 5 power flush machine, a product which changed the way additives were sold in Australia.
In the early ‘80s Garry was a founding member of an independent buying group, which later became the Autobarn co-operative society and is today the successful Autobarn franchise business.
He was involved in many different businesses during the 1990s including the development of the successful Bodytech car care range which was later bought by K&H and was the Eagle One products Australian and New Zealand distributor.
Venturing into the car dealership market, he was a successful Nissan dealership owner in Berwick, Victoria and also became the national importer of the Top Cap Paint aerosol range of products, which was hugely successful in a very competitive market.
The Dumbrell family sold the majority of the Automotive Brands group to Metcash Limited in 2012.
He was inducted into the AAAA Hall of Fame in 2013 where he gave a stirring speech, humbly saying that he had got far more out of the industry than he put into it.
“Everything in my life came from this room; I mean everything I have done, every house I’ve bought… has all come from this room,” he told the assembled industry members at the gala dinner of the AAAA Awards.
He was a genuine man who rarely had a bad word to say about anyone. He was a very clever businessman and a fierce competitor, who had a simple philosophy for life.
“If you concentrate on money, you never have any. If you wake up and work for money, guess what, you’re going to get none. You should wake up and have fun,” he said.
“And never meet your competitor… You never meet your competitor because you might like him.”
In the 2000s, Garry battled and defeated cancer.
The Dumbrell family released the following statement to Speedcafe.com
“We thank everyone for their messages and their thoughts over the last 48 hours. Garry would have been touched by all of the positive and kind words that have been said about him.”
AAAM and the AAAA, its staff and members, extend their deepest sympathies and condolences to Garry’s family, including his son Paul, who is a former AAAA Board member, and has had business success in the aftermarket industry himself, which included a stint as CEO of Automotive Brands.