About Us

From Jim Gorman to Carl Barnett, Sr. – 50 Years of VW Service in Texas and Louisiana

At Longview Volkswagen Mazda, we have been serving the needs of Texas and Louisiana Volkswagen buyers and owners for over 50 years! We started as a family business and have been able to proudly serve generations of Longview families. Whether it’s mechanical service, financing, or just finding the VW or Mazda vehicle that’s right for you, our dealership family proud to serve you!

In 1960, our founder James Francis Gorman founded the dealership to serve the people of Longview. In 1966, Clarence “Mack” McCracken became Gorman’s partner and the name was changed to Gorman McCracken Volkswagen. In 1972, ownership of the dealership changed hands to Edward Russell Jr. and in 1997 his son Edward “Rusty” Russell III took over the dealership.

Finally, in 2003, Carl Barnett Sr. purchased the dealership, bringing the rechristened Longview Volkswagen Mazda into his family of dealerships, including Paris Ford Lincoln and the latest addition: Onion Creek Volkswagen, which is Austin’s largest Volkswagen dealership.

Our History

James “Jim” Francis Gorman


Clarence “Mack” Benjamin McCracken


Edward “Ed” Oliver Russell, Jr.


Edward “Rusty” Oliver Russell, III


Our Future

Carl Barnett, Sr.

2003 – Present

Welcome, I’m Carl Barnett, President of Barnett Auto Group. I’d like to take this time to thank you for visiting us online. We are dedicated to serving all your automotive needs. For us “Customer Service” means making your car buying experience as easy and enjoyable as possible. You’ll find a number of ways that we make customer service the basis of buying and owning a car.

  • You’ll find all the information you need to buy a car right here on our website.
  • Our friendly, professional staff will exceed your expectations for personal service.
  • Whether you’re looking to buy a vehicle or visit our Service and Parts centers, we’re here for you.

At Longview Volkswagen Mazda, we’re dedicated to serving all of your automotive needs. You’ll find all the information you’ll need to buy a car right on our website, and our friendly, professional staff will exceed your expectations for personal service. Whether you’re looking to buy a vehicle or receive vehicle maintenance, we’re here for you!

If you need any assistance researching your vehicle or have any questions, contact us at 844-213-4980 today!


Speak with one of our professional staff members to get a quick answer to your question.

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