Saturday, September 23, 2023
Meet… Sam Wray – Autoglym Franchisee

GBR Autocare was founded by Autoglym Sales Specialists Sam Wray and Rick Gerard, two experienced business owners with a passion for all things automotive and every Autoglym product. Having both used Autoglym separately for over 25 years in both a personal and professional capacity, the opportunity to combine forces and become part of the Autoglym Franchise family arose and it was not to be missed.

Currently operating two mobile showrooms, but with plans to expand in the future, GBR are located in Honiley, Kenilworth. They cover all CV postcodes, plus North Birmingham, Tamworth, Burton upon Trent, Evesham, Pershore and surrounding areas.

Sam and Rick firmly believe that Autoglym product quality is second to none. Having used many different valeting products over the years, it became clear that Autoglym’s products provided outstanding results every time. “Autoglym provide highly concentrated products enabling extremely cost effective detergents & cleaning solutions.” says Sam. “The backup service, support, training and product knowledge, which are at our and our customer’s disposal, is unrivalled.”

Rick says “We are very proud to represent Autoglym, we enjoy discussing customer requirements and offering product advice with demonstrations to help enable the customer to achieve the very best results.”

Quick Fire Questions

What is your favourite Autoglym product and why?

Both: There are too many!
Rick: Super Clean Sanitiser
Sam: Polar Seal / Coat It

What is your favourite car?

Rick: Ferrari 355GTB.
Sam: Classic 80’s Aston Martin Vantage.

What are your hobbies or interests?

Rick: I have been a professional falconer and have even delivered the match ball with an eagle at Twickenham for Wasps vs Harlequins. I enjoy motorsports and I’m a keen motorcyclist. I have always wanted to visit the Grand Canyon which remains on my bucket list.

Sam: I have always had a passion for cars and motorcycles from an early age; I currently own vehicles with single cylinder, twins, 4 cylinder, 6 cylinder and a V8. I have owned a V10 and still have the V12 on the bucket list.

Rick & Sam: We share what some may describe as OCD regarding how we look after vehicles. We are both very hands on with maintenance and servicing and can often be found in the workshop restoring or rebuilding anything with an engine. This level of attention to detail and experience enables us to have good working knowledge of the entire Autoglym product range.

From an interview in 2018


In July 2019 Rick was diagnosed with Motor Neurons Disease. It has already restricted Ricks ability to work or continue many of his hobbies including motorcycling and his lifelong love of Falconry. Rick continues to challenge himself every day, and his family have created a Just giving page to help fund the adaptations required to their home

GBR Autocare have recently moved into a new purpose built warehouse unit which enables a larger stock holding capacity and a well equipped product training area. The new 3000 sq ft unit is located next door to their previous unit. The team has been growing with 2 new members over the past  year. Rob Pye started in early 2020 and Will Frost started in January 2021.

If you are based in Warwickshire, Coventry, Evesham, Birmingham, Tamworth, Burton on Trent, Sutton Coldfield, Dunstable, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Basingstoke, Twickenham, Salisbury, Andover and Ealing area and would like to get in contact with Sam for your Autoglym product needs, contact the team on 07870 566223 or email

To see the full Autoglym Franchisee list, click here and scroll down to the postcode list.