July 10th, 2014

More Than 300 of the World’s Fastest Off-Road Racers Expected for the 2014 General Tire "Vegas to Reno" Presented by FOX

Casey Folks, director of the World's Leading Off Road Racing organization Best in the Desert, announced that early interest in this year's Vegas to Reno, the Longest Off-Road Race in the United States, indicates this iconic race could feature more than 300 of the world’s fastest off-road racers. Deemed by racers as one of their favorite events, the General Tire “Vegas to Reno” presented by FOX, runs August 14-16, 2014.

July 8th


Grand Prize Winner Gets the Opportunity to Display their Ride
as a Feature Vehicle at the 2014 SEMA Show


July 1st

FRAM Filtration Sponsors 2014 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship

Lake Forest, IL (July X, 2014) – FRAM® Filtration, a leading U.S. oil filter manufacturer, announced their inaugural sponsorship of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, a 12-week motocross competition series featuring the world’s best outdoor racers held at tracks across the United States.

U.S. West Coast Ports Workers Will Be Without Contact

Starting today, roughly 20,000 U.S. West Coast ports workers will be without contract. As a result, the transport of goods in and out of the United States will be slowed, with a 10-day work stoppage costing the U.S. economy $21 billion and 169,000 jobs, according to the International Business Times.

June 30th

With no DRPs, restorations help drive business to Walnut Park Auto Body & Resto

Crestwood, Mo.—Like a favorite pair of worn-in jeans, the petroleum memorabilia and photos dating back nearly 70 years are comfortable and familiar to Walnut Park Auto Body & Restoration’s repeat clientele, said Ray Maserang III, who is third-generation owner of the business with his brother, Scott Maserang.

New location trumps conservative expectations for new repair shop and CARQUEST store

Owensville, Mo.—Tom Reed doesn’t want to jinx himself, but business is good — maybe too good, if that’s possible. But just a little more than a year after moving his automotive repair shop, Midwest Auto Service Center, to a spacious former John Deere dealership and adding a CARQUEST parts store, sales have exceeded his expectations.

Renewed focus results in 5-year sales high

Highland, Ill.—After 30 years in business, Keith Frank, owner of Keith’s Automotive Center, said the shop recently had its best month in more than five years, which he attributes to the shop’s focus on customer service and sales processes.

“It all starts at the front counter in explaining to the customer what their vehicle needs,” Frank said. “And if you work on their car one or two times, they begin to trust you.”

Frame racks can be updated with new holding package from Chief

Madison, Ind.—Modern vehicles manufactured with aluminum and other “exotic” materials require an updated approach to collision repair, and the new Structural Holding Package from Chief Automotive Technologies allows shop operators to use their existing frame racks to properly repair those vehicles. The Chief Structural Holding Package is included in the Ford 2015 F-150 Collision Repair Program.