Automotive > Mechanic
was during this turbulent time that two car-dealer brothers, Henry and Percy Rickards, along with Montague Simes, realised that larger international counterparts could force smaller, local companies out of the marketplace. They called together a group of garage owners to meet at the Bendigo Chamber of Commerce on 20 September 1918, and registered a new industry association, the Retail Motor Dealers’ Association of Victoria.
Present day issues such as industrial disputes and skilled labour shortages were occurring as far back as 1918. To rectify these challenges, the association began to introduce a number of committees: the foundation of VACC’s current operation.
Soon there were calls to increase the scope of the association to cover allied motor trades and on 14 April 1920 the association was renamed the Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC).