A FAMILY BUSINESS
Built on a passion for all things motorised.
As you would expect being a 110 year old family business, we are all petrol heads and extremely passionate about whatever vehicle you drive. By leaving your vehicle with Rangers Garage, you can rest assured that our team will look after all your motoring needs.
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110 YEARS IN BUSINESS
Rangers of Durrington can trace its business roots back to the turn of the century, with the horse drawn wagonette in 1910 taking sightseers on trips to Stonehenge.
In the 1950’s, our present site Rangers Corner Garage was established. Since then we have been offering tyres and carrying out car servicing, repairs, mots.
Rangers Garage family business has been trading for over 110 years. Browse our timeline to see our adventures in motoring.
Rangers two-horse Wagonette used for outings to Stonehenge in 1910.
Rangers Motor Service omnibus in Salisbury Market Place in 1921.
With new cars almost impossible to purchase, automobile engineer Sylvan Ranger converted ex-army vehicles in to ‘Woody’ type estate cars.
For racing, Sylvan Ranger built the STRANGER, Stonehenge/Ranger stock car and raced all over the UK at venues such as Matchams Park in Ringwood.
Forward thinking Sylvan Ranger purchased a number of ‘Go-Karts’ which he trailered round to various army camps and set up makeshift race tracks within the barracks. These karts were an instant success with local soldiers and civilians alike.
Michael Ranger karting at Thruxton circuit.
In 1963 the Hillman franchise that Rangers Garage held, enabled access to the new Hillman Imp. It was soon evident to Sylvan Ranger that these potent little rear engine cars would be good for production car trials. These nimble Imps often beat some of the more popular drives such as the Ford Escort.
Michael Ranger and navigator John Martin built quick but somewhat fragile Rally Imps and whilst leading the Arkell Rally, they crested a hill flat out and promptly hit a tree flipping the Imp vertical and ending their day.
4th generation in the family business, Alan Ranger started racing with Ringwood Schoolboy Scramble club in the late 70’s on a Suzuki RM80.
The Peugeot 205 GTi was launched in 1984 now making it a modern classic. Most of the motoring press still acknowledge the 205 GTi as one of the best, if not the best hot hatch ever built.
The Peugeot 205 CTi (GTi cabriolet) was also popular. This Gutmann CTi of ours made the front cover of Torque.
Rangers Garage can lay claim to the first ever Mi16 (16V) engine conversion. Reg number F460 JAA was a joint venture between ourselves and the UK Gutmann tuning importer GM Design. We supplied and prepared many modified cars from new with Lynx and Zender, but mostly with our preferred and more subtle Gutmann.
Singer and song writer Toyah Wilcox taking delivery of her Peugeot 205 Auto in 1988.
We still have an immaculate unrestored Peugeot 205 GTi in Laser Green from the early 90s with its period Gutmann accessories which shows us how fantastic these cars are even by today’s standards.
We loaned a Peugeot 205 GTi road car to Trevor Nation during his successful period competing on the JPS Norton Superbike.
TV sports presenter Dickie Davis takes delivery of his Peugeot 306 Estate.
Alan Ranger turns his hand to Enduro and under the watchful eye of mechanic John Towle, Husky Sport and John Deacon, Alan takes the Expert 4T class British Enduro Championship twice on his Husky Sport TE350.
John Deacon RIP 1962-2001. British Enduro Champion, Nine times ISDE Gold medallist and outright Paris Dakar stage winner. With Touring Car Porsche Cup champion Tim Harvey (left) in our showroom for a car launch 1997.
We approached local 15 year old MotoX rider Daryl Bolter and suggested he tried Enduro. The next 8 years were hugely successful for Daryl with victories including ACU Clubman, Expert, Junior European Champion and Senior European E1 Champion.
These days Daryl is the ACU ISDE Team Manager and still carries exceptional speed on the selected Enduros he takes part in.
5th generation cousins Lewy Ranger and Ollie Keane take on BMX racing with Andover BMX Raceway Club. Both boys gain sponsorship with Profile racing and rank high in British Cycling National BMX Series.
The BMX racing and fitness set them in good stead to progress on to motorbikes with Lewy Ranger following in his dad’s footstep in Enduro and Trial and Ollie in Trials.
Ollie Keane racing in Kortrijk, at the Belgium European BMX round in 2011.
Lewy Ranger made the switch from Trials to Enduro with great success winning the 2018 British Enduro Clubman Championship for the first time ever on a Husky Sport 150 Husqvarna.
When Michelin released a new range of MTB tyres, Lewy Ranger tried his hand at a few Mountain Bike Enduros and in 2019 came 3rd overall in the ultra-competitive under 21yr class in the British series.
Cousins, Lewy and Ollie team back up with four wheels entering the challenging Exeter and Lands End Trials completing both events in the true spirit of a reliability trial. Both cars were prepared under the watchful eye of Uncle John Towle.