September 16th, 2014

Formula DRIFT PRO 2 Round 3 at Texas Motor Speedway Results; Brandon Wicknick Takes the Victory

Long Beach, Calif. – September 12, 2014 – Formula DRIFT PRO 2 continued the season at Texas Motor Speedway with the third of four rounds of competition. Brandon Wicknick in the Driftmotion D-Spare Nissan 2JZ S13 takes the victory.

September 9th

Best In The Desert BlueWater Desert Challenge Features Two Full Days of Non-Stop Racing

Last month’s General Tire “Vegas to Reno” presented by FOX saw a near record entry of over 300 competitors taking on the famed long distance endurance race. Now racers will have to shift their driving styles and strategies as they switch from the longest off-road race on the Best In The Desert schedule, to the all out sprint race of the BlueWater Desert Challenge, October 9-12.

September 4th


Frank Daniels’ Custom CamaroHeaded to Las Vegas as a SEMA Show Feature Vehicle, Nov. 4 – 7

Porter, TX (August 14, 2014) – Premium synthetic lubricant manufacturer Royal Purple today announced Frank Daniels’ custom 2010 Chevrolet Camaro as the grand prize winner of the brand’s fourth annual Show It Off at SEMA contest. As this year’s winner, Daniels’ Camaro will be sponsored by Royal Purple as a feature vehicle on display at the 2014 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, November 4 – 7.

September 3rd

NAPA AutoTech Class Schedule

Midwest Division

Des Moines Distribution Center
111120 11/18/2014 6:00PM Clarion Inn 5202 North Brady
J2534 Programming Davenport IA 52806 Randy Judge 515-262-9704
113168 11/17/2014 6:00PM Iowa City Moose
J2534 Programming 3151 U.S. Highway 6 Iowa City IA 52240 Randy Judge 515-262-9704
113170 11/19/2014 6:00PM Northeast Iowa
J2534 Programming 8342 NICC Drive Peosta IA 52068 Randy Judge 515-262-9704


Mt Vernon Distribution Center

Grow Your Remanufacturing Business at AAPEX 2014

New One-on-One Meetings Available for Remanufacturers and their Suppliers

To build upon the ongoing success of the AAPEX Remanufacturing Section, the new Remanufacturing Experience at AAPEX will add new learning forums and one-on-one meetings for remanufacturers and their suppliers (e.g., suppliers of core, products used to remanufacture) on Monday, Nov. 3.

I-CAR CEO & President Van Alstyne accepts ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to ‘take break from technical tsunami and take on tsunami of ice water’

Van Alstyne nominates executive director of Collision Repair Education Foundation, makes donation to foundation and ALS

Stone Wheel rolls out Beck/Arnley import line

St. Louis—Stone Wheel Inc. has just added the Beck/Arnley line of OE-quality import parts to its 17 warehouses in Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, and Wisconsin. And in the St. Louis market it recently teamed up with the company to educate customers about what OE-quality parts and fluids are available for fast delivery.

Beck/Arnley and Stone Wheel personnel took the “Blue Beast” Beck/Arnley training van on the road to three area Hooters restaurants, in Fairview Heights, Ill., St. Louis, and St. Peters for its “Beauties and the Beast” tour.

August 31st

September 2014 River Valley People & Places


The Auto & Truck Recyclers of Illinois 2014 Convention and Trade Show is Sept. 19-20, at the Embassy Suites East Peoria Hotel and Conference Center. Seminars and events include Parts Trader, speakers Rob Rainwater and Dan Bruner, airbag and forklift training, a tour of Neal Auto Parts, and a tour and dinner at Behr Iron & Metal in Peoria. Contact Michelle Lechner at 877-880-2874 or e-mail,



Increased complexity means more reprogramming at Fitz’z Service

St. Louis—With modern vehicles having more control modules than ever, it’s critical to have an OEM scan tool to reprogram them, said Mike Fitzgibbons, who with his brother, Clif Fitzgibbons, owns and operates Fitz’z Service Inc. and the Airbag Service franchise for the St. Louis area. The company has one in-house technician and four technicians who travel to other shops, including two who specialize in steering column repair and two with vans fully equipped to reprogram a vehicle after a module replacement.

College community provides fertile ground for Miller Brothers’ future growth

St. Louis—After a few years away in Richmond, Va., with an automotive research and development job, St. Louis native Trey Miller came home in 1996. A graduate of Ranken Technical, Miller said he grew up with a love of cars, especially the unique and quirky Saabs. His brother, Kenny, who received his formal training from South County Technical School, shared Miller’s automotive passion and was already working for a small automotive repair shop in the area. After six months of toiling and weighing their options, Miller Brothers Auto Service was born.