Our Shop History Gallery
After searching for the perfect location for Foothill Car Care for over ten years, we were blessed with our new shop. It is very much a work in process but we are dedicated to getting the building and the lot into tip top shape. We are excited about our future because this location has a lot of room for growth and being on Main Street is awesome for exposure.
Our new location has a rich automotive history, when I am working in the shop I get a feeling of the mechanical music that has been orchestrated in it since the early 1950’s.
The building started out as an Oldsmobile dealership, it then changed to Central Motor Co. where Mario Gentilli sold and serviced Plymouths and DeSotos. In the early 1960’s, after the demise of the DeSoto Company, it was Nevada County Imports, selling and servicing Austin Healys, MGs and Datsuns.
In 1965 two local men, Harry and Dan Stewart, purchased the dealership, liquidated the British cars and focused on Datsun. During the week, the Stewarts sold and serviced Datsuns and on the weekends they raced them.
In 1981, the dealership was sold to Don Neronde who changed the name to Grass Valley Datsun/Nissan, which is where Robert Brocke started his automotive career, first as an ROP (Regional Occupational Program) student and then as an employee.
In the late 1980’s it became Ray’s Automotive and Betty’s Toybox owned by Ray and Betty Lewis. Ray’s son, Chris Lewis, was the Lead Technician in this shop, and he continues in this position at Foothill Car Care today.