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519 Ellice Street
Victoria, BC
V8T 2G8

(250) 382-1113 Mon-Fri 8am - 5PM
45 Years in the Making!

Greetings! I’m Gerry Brouwer, proud owner of Parkside Motors. In 1979, my father fulfilled his lifelong dream by establishing our garage business, following over 25 years of industry experience. Since then, we’ve upheld his legacy of integrity and value, now marking our 45th anniversary of serving Victoria’s automotive community.

Our skilled team comprises four fully licensed technicians adept in servicing every make of car, truck, and van. We stay abreast of the latest technologies through annual courses, ensuring top-notch repairs. With a commitment to fostering a friendly and welcoming environment, our mechanics extend honest and reliable service to all clients.

Parkside Motors has been honored as the “Best Mechanic Shop” in 2001 and 2010 by the esteemed Best of the City awards. We take great pride in continuing to meet our clients’ needs, guided by our enduring mission: to offer friendly, honest service at great value. We eagerly await your visit and remain dedicated to serving the automotive needs of the greater Victoria area.

40+ Years of History

In 1979 my father fulfilled his dream of starting his own garage business after having worked for more than 25 years in the field. Beyond just constructing a building, he focused his energy on building a reputation of honest work for good value. That ethos has remained to this day as we celebrate more than 40 years of serving Victoria’s automotive needs. After adding a 4th bay to the shop I feel like it is time to take a look back at Parkside Motors’ humble beginnings.

The Beginning

The original 519 Ellice St. Property was an estate sale. The realtor was Len Stephenson who became Parkside’s first customer and faithfully remained one till his passing 20 years later.

Purchased in 1978, Dad did alot of his own work. He conscripted the whole family to partake in the demolition of the house every evening and all weekend long.

When it was all done, Dad went to City Hall to obtain a building permit for the garage. The clerk said that wasn’t possible as there was still a house on the property that hadn’t gotten a demo permit yet. My Dad simply replied. “Oh that’s already gone!” He often ran on the seat of his pants… These photos show the original building and a look at its demolition.

519 Ellice St.

Construction was done by Luney Construction. There was much discussion about design and size, but budget dictated most of the decisions. As with many other things in life, hindsight is 20/20 and we now wish we could have set the building way farther back.

As the other buildings beside us began to be built, they all appear to have the same setback, so there may have been a bylaw forcing this placement.

The Build
Established 1979

Contruction was just about done and one question remained: What do we call this new enterprise? Brouwer and Sons? Dick’s Automotive? Ellice Automotive was already taken and is still in business a few blocks away. Dad was the one who came up with the final idea.

And so Parkside Motors was established May 1979. With Dad and youngest son Dick starting off as the first employed there. I was invited to come but said that they should build up a client base for a year before they have another mouth to feed.

Let’s take a look at the interior. It has changed quite a bit over the years.

Exterior Finish
The Interior

The interior was sparse and so was our equipment and inventory. We had one used in-ground two-post hoist installed at the time of construction and another one installed a few years later. There was no upper Mezzanine and no skylights.

There aren’t any photos readily at hand to show the additional bay was built some years later, about 1984. It was built by two fellows, Harry and Conrad and once again hindsight would have perhaps added a third bay behind instead of beside. A third two-post electric hoist was installed yet another number of years later in 1990.

A Look Inside
Exterior Evolution

This is modern-day Parkside Motors, and you can click through to see some of the exterior changes over the years. Another facelift was done in 2010 in a different colour scheme changing a previous exterior renovation in 1995.

The biggest change is the loss of the park for which our company name was inspired by. Standing in its stead is a homeless shelter. Despite fears in the community of what kind of impact it would have in our neighbourhood, it has been a very good relationship with the staff of Rock Bay Landing these past years!

Then & Now
Expansion 2015

2015 saw another expansion to Parkside Motors in the form of an exterior 4th hoist added between the second and third interior bays. Building on the success of our apprentices and a constantly busy schedule in the shop, we decided to add a bay outside giving our clients the fastest turnaround possible. We love to nurture mechanical talent through our apprenticeship program, and love passing on to the next generation the wisdom and experience that we have.

A Look Inside
Interior Reno 2017

The interior of the shop has not had a single update since it was first built in the 1970′s. We like to keep to things that are necessary, functional, and best help us serve our customers. At the start of 2017 after almost 40 years we decided it was time for a bit of an interior renovation.

Over the holiday break, we had a great team of cabinets makers come in to remove all of our old wall fixtures and replace them with these incredible units. The electrical was modified to fit the new hardware, and our existing gear was mounted into place in and around the new fixtures.

The next time you are in the shop be sure to pop in for a look, it is a wonderful addition to our humble shop.

New Fixtures
Reflections on 45 Years

What a joyous occasion it is as we commemorate 45 years of serving Victoria’s automotive community! We extend our deepest gratitude to the multitude of customers and friends who have faithfully supported us over the years, some for decades on end.

I extend my heartfelt thanks to each and every one of you. As we embark on this milestone, rest assured that we are committed to maintaining the same level of dedicated, reliable, and honest service that has been the cornerstone of our success for the past four decades.

On May 1st, 1979, my father realized his lifelong ambition of establishing his own garage business after dedicating over 25 years to the industry. With unwavering dedication to fostering a reputation for honest work and exceptional value, he transformed his vision into reality. Today, as we celebrate this significant milestone, that ethos continues to guide us forward.

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