Our History

GORE BAY LOCATION

McQuarrie Motors has the humblest beginning, it all started with 25-year-old Donald A. McQuarrie opening a garage business in 1927. He later partnered with his brother M. R. (Mac) McQuarrie to grow the business. Ron McQuarrie, son of Donald, began working with his father and uncle soon after returning from war service and university. Ron would typically start at 8:00 Am sharp and work until 11:00 Pm. Ron watched as the business grew from a small repair garage to a thriving Goodyear Tire and GM dealership. After many years of successfully selling Hudson, Austin and Reo vehicles, the brothers accepted a GM franchise for Chevrolet and Oldsmobile in 1950. Less than a year later, the construction began on a new building for the dealership. The success of the business allowed them to open a new branch in Spragge. In 1959 Mac McQuarrie took over the operation, leaving D. A. McQuarrie and son Ron to run the Gore Bay Location. Being an innovator, Ron made many expansions to the business. He made service to farmers and loggers easily accessible with road side calls, which kept his 60-Mile market happy. In 1968, Ron McQuarrie purchased the business from his father. The business continued to grow and expand. This lead to the purchase of a Little current dealer location as well as the Espanola service and dealer locations. Shortly after Ron McQuarrie's retirement, in August of 1993, he passed away making headlines in the local paper and leaving the operation of the business to his son Donald. The business continued to thrive and be active in the community under Donald’s operation until his death in August of 2012 at the age of 60. The business has since been taken over by his son, Ronald McQuarrie, who continues to keep the business thriving.

ESPANOLA LOCATION

McQuarrie Motor Products inc., formerly known as Espanola Garage, has been around since the 1920's. It started out as nothing more than a small 12 x 15 foot shed with no dealership and a singular gas pump with a hand crank. Feb Vincent, the original owner of Espanola Garage Ltd., originally franchised with the Durant car company until it went bankrupt. Very quickly after, it became a Chrysler dealership and expanded the building. A short time later, while still working with Chrysler, was shipped two car loads from Ford which made Espanola Garage a combined Ford and Chrysler dealership for a very short time. It wasn't until 1932 that he managed to secure a General Motors franchise deal, which is what we continue to be today. In 1961, he chose to make the switch to the building we call home to this day. The family business operated for many years until it was bought by Joe Risko. It has been since bought by McQuarrie Motor Products inc. which it is presently known. We might have a different name and look than we used to, but we are still here to provide the community with great automotive service and treat you like family!