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Andrew Drager stands next to one of his favorites at Drager’s Classics, a 1954 Oldsmobile 98 Holiday for sale at $42,500.
Seattle-Since 1960, Jeri Drager has been in the business of restoring and selling hot rods, classics, and muscle cars at Drager’s International Classics, but he said his roots were firmly with motorcycles. His father Otto founded a Harley-Davidson motorcycle dealership in Aberdeen, Wash., in 1934,...
Mike Risich
SeaTac, Wash.-Automotive Service Association Northwest (ASA-NW) has announced the keynote speakers for the 2016 Automotive Training Expo (ATE) to be held March 18-20 at the DoubleTree Hotel near Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.      Mike Risich, founder and technologist at Bolt On Technology...
John Kallen of Champion Collision said his initial concerns when he opened the business about whether there would be enough work have proved unfounded.
Sandy, Ore. – John Kallen of Champion Collision said success in the collision repair industry is based in large part on good estimating, which he describes using an analogy involving loose change.      “You throw a handful of change on the table and any estimator is going to pick up the quarters,”...
Eric Paulus works the front counter at Eric’s Garage, a neighborhood repair shop in Seattle.
Seattle-Eric Paulus said he may have been destined to be in the repair shop business. His father was a longtime service station dealer for Shell, and Paulus himself had extensive training in the Shell Dealer Development Program and a number of aftermarket programs prior to opening his own shop in...
Attending the presentation of a 2016 Ford Focus to Seattle Automotive Distributing at Way Scarff Ford in Auburn are (from l.) Todd Early from SAD, Jeff McLaughlin and Bob Redman from Way Scarff Ford, Mike Allen of Federated Auto Parts, and Ted TeGantvoort from SAD.
OREGON      Tom Formanek, newly elected vice president of the Tire Industry Association (TIA), will address the Northwest Tire Dealers Association (NWTDA) Regional Meeting on Feb. 5 at the Holiday Inn/Airport in Portland. Formanek has been with Stellar Industries for 22 years and has been active in...
Jan. 28-31 * Winter Retreat & Management Conference, ASA Northwest, Enzian Inn, Leavenworth, Wash. Visit www.asanorthwest.com, or call 253-473-6970. Jan. 28-31 * Portland International Auto Show, Oregon Convention Center, Portland. Visit www.portlandautoshow.com. Feb. 4-5 * Biennial Conference...
Jeff Lovell
By most accounts, 2015 was a growth year for those in the service, repair, and parts segments of industry in the Northwest. The following are business perspectives from a variety of professionals about the past year and what 2016 will bring for their organizations and the industry in the region....
Adam Robertson instructs a capacity class at ATE 2015. (Photo courtesy of ASA Northwest)
SeaTac, Wash.—Jeff Lovell, AAM, and Brenda Wolslegel, of ASA Northwest, said the Automotive Training Expo (ATE) website (www.atetrainingexpo.com) was fully operational as of Dec. 8, for complete information and registration for the March 18-20, automotive training event at the DoubleTree Hotel...
George Schillinger
Shoreline, Wash.—With the theme “Dedicated to Sharing Knowledge,” the 66th annual Vehicle Maintenance Management Conference (VMMC) will be held March 22-24, at the Professional Automotive Training Center at Shoreline Community College (SCC), just north of Seattle. As the premier West Coast...
Ron Reichen will serve on Assured Performance’s 2016 board of directors for its Co-Op entity representing the Northwest Region.
OREGON Performance Warehouse (PW), based in Portland, has acquired Interstate Auto Parts Warehouse (IAPW), in Salem, that has been owned and operated by retiring Ann Patterson for 38 years. IAPW serves the general automotive industry but specializes in fleet and government agency business. The...

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