10th June, 2022 · AADA Convention

AADA Lifetime Achievement Awards

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It was our pleasure to award these families for more than 50 years of contribution to the automotive industry in Queensland and Australia.


Joe Camilleri – Grand Prix Auto Group

Joe opened his first business in 1970 and his Mazda franchise has won 25 awards as a Mazda Master Dealer. Grand Prix Mazda is a generational family business, with Joe’s son Luke succeeding him as dealer principal, and Luke’s son Kyden joining the dealership in 2019, making it a three-generation family business. Joe’s two other sons, Joseph and Jake, run the family dealerships in Caboolture. Grand Prix Mazda has supported various charities and local police stations, RSLs, football clubs and golf clubs.

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F.R Ireland – Ireland’s

The Ireland family has a proud 99 year beginning with Francis Ireland MBE. Ron Ireland OAM began his career as an apprentice mechanic in 1942, taking over the day-to-day general management of the family business at age 25. Tony Ireland, David Ireland & Richard Ireland OAM are also apart of the family business and have been heavily involved in industry bodies, committees, dealer councils and contributed extensively to their local community.

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Don Russell – Wippells Auto

Wippells Autos began in 1970 and founded by Frank Wippell. In 1974 he employed Don Russell who ended up taking over the dealership. Don’s eldest son David has transitioned Wippells Autos from a modest operation to a thriving enterprise, winning Dealer of the Year awards from various franchises and have won Mazda Master Dealer every year for the past 28 years, making Wippells the only Dealership to have won this award every year since its inception.

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John Woelders – Motorama Group

The Motorama Group has been a Queensland icon for over 60 years, started by Jan Woelders. Jan’s son John took over where his father left off, then John’s son Mark and now the family business has its fourth generation involved. The Woelders family live and breathe the Motorama company values of Be Green, Can-Do Attitude, Continuous Improvement, Team Work, Have Fun and Care Factor. This family business history crosses over six decades, four generations and 600-plus staff.

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