River Valley

SANTA ANA, CA. – (June 20, 2017) – Yokohama Tire Corporation’s (YTC) 2017 Ride and Drive Dealer Training Program – a five-city tour across the U.S. – kicked-off in Seattle, Washington. The annual program helps educate YTC dealers on Yokohama products while improving their driving skills. “The Ride...
Austin Schneib (left) and Jacob Whitfield completed the newly developed Zara’s Collision Center internship program.
ILLINOIS Austin Schneib and Jacob Whitfield, seniors at Lanphier High School and the Capital Area Career Center (CACC) Auto Body Program, have completed their semester-long internships at Zara’s Collision Center and have been offered positions with the business. They are the first students to...
The Federated “Get Dirty with Kenny” promotion will be held in early August at the Federated Auto Parts I-55 Raceway in Peverley, Mo.
The 2017 racing season is upon us in the River Valley. With Stock Cars, Warriors, Modifieds, Hornets, Late Models, and more all taking to the tracks again, this year promises to deliver excitement for the whole family.      Parts & People has compiled a list of popular tracks in the St. Louis...
In orange shirts, from left, I-CAR St. Louis Committee members Gene Slattery, Dan Shymanski, and Shelly Jones draw for door prize winners for the first student group.
St. Charles, Mo.—Although widespread flooding in the St. Louis-metro area greatly impacted the number of students in attendance, 139 graduating students from area secondary and postsecondary automotive and collision programs attended the I-CAR St. Louis Committee’s spring job fair, May 5, at...
Joined by five body technicians and a parts person, it’s a family affair at Pro-Tech Collision Center with Owners Scott and Jan Witzig, their sons Alex (center) and Kyle, and Scott Witzig’s brother, Jamie, who is the painter.
Ellisville, Mo.—At Pro-Tech Collision Center, a customer has dropped off her pride and joy, a late-model bright red Mercedes-Benz bought recently from a local dealer. She’s noticed a dent that she’d like repaired. But under the unforgiving, harsh fluorescent lighting, Scott Witzig, who owns the...
     Bill Johnson, Jr. of Lexington, Kentucky, bought a remanufactured JASPER engine in the fall of 1974 for his 1965 Chevy Belair.  The 230ci ‘Turbo-Thrift’ inline six-cylinder continues to deliver mile after mile performance 43 years after its installation.      Johnson, and his wife, Jane, were...
(Arnold, MO / May 8, 2017) – Jefferson College receives a generous donation from InstaCredit Automart to help train students in its Automotive Technology Program. InstaCredit  Automart, the Midwest leader in Integrated Auto Sales and Finance for over 25 years, donated a 2008 Chrysler Sebring to...
The next Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Junior Engine Challenge will be at the Protect the Harvest Midwest Junior Super Series at Byron Dragway, May 5-7, in Byron.
ILLINOIS Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Junior Engine Challenge began in April with the first official event held at Gateway Motorsport Park. Each team consists of two individuals; one team member must be 5-18 years of age and must completely disassemble/reassemble a complete single cylinder OHV engine,...
I recently wrote a “President’s Message” article for the ASA-Midwest “The Driving Force” eNewsletter (http://tinyurl.com/k48mk5w) explaining how we leverage our training dollars by picking out four or five highlights from the recent Vision Hi-Tech Training and sharing them within the shop. The...
Parts Manager Butch Geringer says everybody benefits from the online parts ordering program, from the manufacturer down to the vehicle owner.
St. Louis, Mo.—Current and prospective commercial account holders with Lou Fusz Buick GMC can take advantage of two programs, MARS and RAP, being offered by the dealership, both of which have been introduced within the last year. Parts Manager Butch Geringer said he is excited to get the word out....

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