With more than 50 years of combined experience in the 4WD, off-road and outdoors industry, the Rambler Vehicles team have pretty much seen, and done it all. The highs and lows, the wins and losses and 50 plus years of lessons in what does and doesn’t work have culminated in what we reckon are the very best touring vehicles roaming the face of our planet – Rambler Vehicles!
But that’s just one side of the coin. You can’t have an intimate understanding of how it all works in the real world if you’re not a dyed-in-the-wool off-roader and traveller in your own right, and each member of the Rambler Vehicles team is indeed, a genuine and incredible experienced 4WDer.
Director Kris Humphrys has been in the off-road game on both sides of the fence for most of his adult life. As the Director of several 4wd Accessory Stores around Queensland’s south east for nearly a decade, Kris has not only a wealth of experience, but also a real passion for customer satisfaction.
“Seeing a Rambler Vehicle come together, it’s almost like raising a child” Kris told us. He went on to say, “you put your heart and soul into each build, from the start when they roll into the workshop as a cleanskin, till they roll out into the care of the customer as a fully grown, muscle bound beast ready to take on the world. It’s incredible rewarding!”
On the other side of the metaphorical fence, Kris is also a passionate 4WDer and tourer. When he isn’t buzzing around Rambler Vehicles HQ, Kris can usually be found travelling and experiencing everything the outback has to offer in his Rambler Vehicles 200 Series dual cab. Kris’ favourite destination? “I can’t go past Lawn Hill National Park in north west Queensland, it has it all!” Kris told us.
Born and raised in Queensland’s Mt Isa, Brad Russell is another of the Directors of Rambler Vehicles, and just like Kris, he has spent the majority of his career in the off-road industry, with the last 15 of those years as a business owner. Brad’s shared vision with his good mate Kris is to offer the best off-road and touring vehicles money can buy. Cut no corners, leave no detail unattended to. It’s how Brad has built a successful business, and it’s how the team build such incredible vehicles.
Like Kris, Brad is no stranger to touring with countless kilometres logged in outback Queensland, NSW, South Australia and the Northern Territory. However, when the well-deserved holidays roll around, you are more than likely to find Brad rolling down the eastern beach on beautiful Moreton Island in his dual cab 79 Series Land Cruiser.
Brisbane boy Darren Urda has spent more than 10 years working in the 4WD industry in a variety of roles, but these days you’ll find him heading up the Customer Experience team for Rambler Vehicles, and he couldn’t be happier.
“I just love guiding our clients through the process of building the off-road vehicle of their dreams” said Darren. “With what are basically unlimited options, I understand it can be a little overwhelming for a client, but the all the knowledge we can draw from in our team, we can help the client make decisions based on real-world experience. Seeing their reaction at hand-over time, it never gets old”.
Just like the rest of the crew, Darren loves exploring the outback and sees real beauty in the lesser-known parts of the country. One of Darren’s favourite destinations in the outback mining town of Lightning Ridge in NSW, a place that still has a real “frontier town” feeling to it. Forget the horse and cart of frontier times though, Darren does his travelling in style, aboard a plush 200 Series wagon.
It’s hard to describe just how much goes into each and every Rambler Vehicles build, but one person who knows better than most is our talented Procurement and Logistics manager, Ray Doolan.
Ray is no different to the rest of the Rambler team, he eats, sleeps and breathes 4WDs, and has worked with the Kris and Brad for over a decade. Over the years Ray has developed a real talent for organisation, forward thinking and having worked with the team for so long, he is more often than not, one step ahead of the team when it comes to knowing what is needed for a Rambler Vehicles build. Literally hundreds of items go into each vehicle, and Ray knows them all – intimately!
But he’s isn’t just a desk jockey, Ray loves nothing more than hopping aboard he Nissan Navara and heading off on a road trip, especially if it involves going west!
Of course it takes more than just a team of four to run an operation like Rambler Vehicles, especially when the standards that you set for every aspect of the business are so high. That’s where our team of fitters come in. Each and every member of the team out the back who put the Rambler Vehicles together are among the very best in the business. Each one is hand-picked by Kris and Brad and are tradesmen with an eye for detail and a passion for excellence. They genuinely love what they do, and have many, many years of experience doing it. We like to think that they are the cream of the crop of the 4×4 industry, and if you’re not convinced, then just take a look at some of their work!
The passion that goes into each and every aspect of a Rambler Vehicles build is not just a happy accident. Every aspect of the business is approached with a common goal and a laser-like focus – just do it perfectly. It is what sets Rambler Vehicles apart from any other builder, and it is a standard that we are incredibly proud of. Our promise to you is that we will deliver the best 4WD, built to the highest standards. We will deliver industry-best customer service, both before and after the build. We will stand behind every aspect and every component that goes into our vehicles. You will be getting the best – full stop. Put us to the test, we welcome the challenge.
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