In October of 1925, Watkin Motors Ford celebrated the arrival of the 1st Ford Touring Sedan to make the journey across Canada from Atlantic to Pacific.
Three generations of Blankley’s have run Watkin Motors Ford. It all began in 1931 when 14 year old Jack Blankley secured a job at the Vernon Garage. Like all Blankley’s, Jack learned the auto industry from the ground up – sweeping floors, pumping gas and repairing tires. He earned $28.00 per day, but $7.50 of that went to his room & board. Jack stayed with the Vernon Garage for 30 years gaining experience as partsman, parts manager, salesman and sales manager.
In 1962 Jack moved on to purchase Watkin Motors Ford, his son Don, better known as Budd, joined the business in 1966 and brother Bruce, the current Dealer Principal in 1976.