King County had two holidays last October — Halloween, and Gamblin Motors Day.
The Enumclaw-based Chevy-Buick dealership recently celebrated its 50th anniversary on the Plateau, which was what led King County Councilman Reagan Dunn to proclaim Oct. 29, 2019 as a day to recognize a business not only noted for its customer service, but its community involvement and civic engagement.
Gamblin Motor’s history was recently detailed in a Courier-Herald article; five decades ago, Art Gamblin moved his family from Idaho to Enumclaw in 1969 after buying what was then known as Paulson’s Motors.
Back then, the dealership was located downtown, but Alan Gamblin, Art’s son, eventually moved the dealership to the outskirts of town, near the Enumclaw Expo Field House and The Claw.
Under Alan Gamblin’s leadership, his business was one of three in the Pacific Northwest to be awarded the Chevy Mark of Excellence in 2018.
But more notably, Gamblin Motors sponsors some of Enumclaw’s most visible events and activities, from the Scottish Highland Games, the annual summer Street Fair, the Pro Rodeo, the Buckley Log Show, and Black Diamond’s Farmers Market.
The dealership also has a scholarship in Art Gamblin’s name, Alan and his wife Jeri are part of several community organizations like the Rainier Foothills Wellness Foundation and Beautify Enumclaw and Beautify Buckley, and employees volunteer at Calvary Presbyterian’s Full Bellies program and organizes an annual coat drive.