Ray Claridge started working at a young age to help support his family. At age 19 he was already managing a service station and had learned basic auto mechanics which reflected his passion for automobiles. Soon with a little borrowed money, he became the youngest Exxon gas station dealer-owner in the country. This led to another garage and soon he was repairing and doing bodywork on movie cars from entertainment companies with the names the likes of Aaron Spelling, Quinn Martin, and Jack Webb productions.
The decision to focus on cars in the entertainment industry turned out to be a wise one and led to forming his next company, Cinema Vehicle Services. Cinema expanded into a full-service business that did all aspects of custom movie car work and rentals, Ray literally created a segment that had not existed in the entertainment business. In the end, Cinema would become the largest movie car business in the world. When Ray sold CVS is 2015 the company had grown to a 7.5-acre facility, a 42,000 sq. ft. full-service shop, and a fleet of 1100 rental vehicles for the television and movie industries.
During this time Ray also built Golden West Trailer Sales, a successful trailer sales company for both the entertainment industry and the retail public. He started a West Coast NASCAR racing team to promote his trailer store and other businesses called Golden West Motor Sports which of course was also a great success and a personal favorite of his. Ray still owns Golden West Trailer Sales.
In the 2000s Ray purchased a small auction company on 1.25 acres in Torrance specializing in disposing of municipal properties including cars and heavy equipment. He grew this company from a four men operation into a sixty employee juggernaut on 14 acres in Riverside California. He also recently sold the auction company to a large corporate conglomerate and at the time of sale, it was the largest auction company in this category on the west coast and possibly the nation.
Ray recently created a new company, Back In The Day Classics in the City of Orange. This company specializes in the sale of collector cars and automotive-related memorabilia including a vast neon sign collection. Memorabilia and neon being one of Ray’s passions.
Mr. Claridge’s unique ability to identify business and consumer needs and create successful companies to answer those needs speaks to his next endeavor. Wellness Systems Inc. provides exclusive physical products and service applications for an unprecedented time and beyond.