Northwest People & Places - March 2013

This 2013 Ford Mustang GT Coupe Premium was a popular car at the Portland International Auto Show. Its official exterior color name is “Gotta Have It Green.”
Bob Yates, president of Blanchard Electric & Fleet Supply in Seattle, attended HDAW 2013 in January in Las Vegas, where he saw Seattle-based Six Robblees’ Inc. nominated for distributor of the year, enjoyed networking opportunities, and gained insights through educational sessions. Photo by Rob Merwin

NORTHWEST    

 

OREGON

AED will stage its annual AXD trade show for installers on the evening of March 8, at its Swan Island warehouse in Portland, followed by the annual meeting and trade show for its member jobbers on Saturday, March 9. That evening, all will attend a Casino Night at the Marriott Hotel Downtown on Portland’s waterfront. For details, call 800-666-2660.

 

The Portland International Auto Show, which was established in 1910 by local Portland dealers, held its 104th event in late January at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. Record crowds attended the newly expanded show. During press day, Volkswagen (VW) officials said the Portland market led the nation in 2012 TDI sales at 48 percent of vehicles sold, while the national sales rate for VW diesels was 21 percent. Also, General Motors’ representatives said Portland will be one of two regions, including California, which will get the new Spark EV this summer. Ford officials said the 135-dealer Portland region, which includes Oregon, Washington, Alaska, and Montana, outperforms national percentages on small-car sales, as well as electric vehicles.

 

The annual Eugene Roadster Show, one of the largest in the region, will be March 30-31, at the Lane Event Center in Eugene. For details, visit www.roadstershows.com.

 

WASHINGTON

This month marks the beginning of the 105th year for Parts & People’s Northwest Edition, which was founded in March 1909 to serve the Pacific Northwest. For most of those years the publication was known as Northwest Motor, but it has been part of the Parts & People group since 2001.

 

Six Robblees’ Inc., a distributor of car, truck, and trailer wheels as well as small trailer components, tire shop supplies and equipment, and heavy duty parts, was one of five companies nominated for the 11th annual Truck Parts & Service Distributor of the Year award at the Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week (HDAW) 2013 in Las Vegas in January. The company has locations in Washington, Oregon, Montana, Alaska, and Northern California

 

Nick Sebasta, formerly assistant sales manager at the Spokane NAPA Distribution Center (DC), has been promoted to sales manager at the Seattle NAPA DC. He replaces Randy Van Horn, who served as the Seattle sales manager for seven years and has been promoted to Mountain Division sales manager, based in Denver. Sebasta is an 11-year veteran with NAPA and held various positions in Spokane, including being a territory sales manager for two years and wholesale manager for four years. “I’m very excited about my recent move to Seattle and look forward to working with the Seattle team and all the NAPA stores that we service,” Sebesta said.

 

Since its opening June 2, the LeMay-America’s Car Museum (ACM) in Tacoma has been a busy place. “In just the last six months, we opened our doors to the public, welcomed 150,000 visitors, debuted a motorcycle festival, established long-term partnerships with businesses and charities, and hosted the Kirkland Concours d’Elegance,” David Madeira, ACM president and CEO, said. A full schedule of events is planned for 2013 at the world’s largest collection of vehicles. ACM is also available for private events, including meetings, conferences, dinners, and car club outings. Visit www.lemaymuseum.org for details.

 

The Washington State Senate is reviewing a bill that may have an impact on collector car enthusiasts. The bill (SB 5121) deals with inoperable vehicles parked on private property and would permit the repair or modification of vehicles 30 years or older (the state’s definition of “collector vehicles”) on private property. For full details on the bill, contact local state senators or visit www.apps.leg.wa.gov. Statewide supporters of the bill are being assisted by SEMA and its government affairs division.

 

Carstar Auto Body Repair Experts has expanded in Washington with the opening of Complete Collision Carstar in Federal Way. This is the third location for Owner Jeff Middleton, who also operates Exhibition Automotive Carstar in Kent and Ballard Collision Carstar in Seattle. “We congratulate Jeff Middleton on his expansion to a third store and his continued commitment to operational excellence,” David Byers, CEO of Carstar Auto Body Repair Experts, said. “We are thrilled to expand our presence in Washington with another top-notch collision repair center.”