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Brian McCullough, of Scat, was named EPWI 2015 Representative of the Year. Pictured, from l., are Luke Van Woensel, McCullough, Greg Dunlap and Paul Van Woensel. (Photo by Rob Merwin)
Vail. Colo.—Engine & Performance Warehouse (EPWI) named its 2015 “Representative Of The Year” at its recent Awards Dinner during the company’s 29th annual Summer Conference in Vail, Colo., Aug. 4. Brian McCullough, of Scat, was named EPWI 2015 Representative of the Year. McCullough, Crankshaft...
Owner Patrick Martindale (l.) and his son, Manager Ken Martindale, run the show at Custom Truck in Redwood City.
Redwood City, Calif.--A third-generation company with 13 locations accessorizing trucks in Washington, Nevada, Idaho and California since 1986, Custom Truck is a business that is always evolving, according to Patrick Martindale, the owner of two Custom Truck locations in Northern California.   In...
Gus Muhawieh says I-CAR training and factory certifications have paid off in attracting DRPs.
San Leandro, Calif.—Gus Muhawieh found himself in a tight spot. The collision repair shop he invested in as a silent partner was floundering. His partner wanted out of the business. Soon, Muhawieh wanted out, too. There was a large family loan to repay. “I couldn’t just walk away,” said Muhawieh,...
Larry Townsend is proud to keep his crew updated with all of the latest diagnostic tools available to them.
San Jose, Calif.—Larry Townsend, 67, has been repairing cars at Townsend’s Automotive Repair since 1989, back when automotive diagnostics were in their early years. But, by proactively pursuing as much training and education as he and his small crew can absorb, this shop has built a strong...
Mike’s Auto Body added 1,950 square feet of new offices including a new lobby at its Napa location.
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA ASCCA Chapter 20 had its July monthly meeting at the Shelby Cobra Museum in Martinez, where 2011 Past President Dennis Montalbano was invited to speak. Chapter President Steve Elstins awarded three scholarships. “The recipients were grateful for ASCCA and the opportunity to...
From l., Dennis Montalbano, ASCCA president; Rodney Pierini, CAWA president and CEO; Gloria Peterson, ASCCA executive director; and Bill Hanvey, president and CEO, Auto Care Association, say they are pleased that auto care industry leaders and association members took the time to attend the Summit.
Long Beach, Calif.—The 2016 Auto Care Industry Summit, presented by CAWA, ASCCA, and the Auto Care Association, June 24, at the Maya Hotel, brought together industry experts and shop owners to discuss issues that focused on cybersecurity and its relationship to telematics, and how they will affect...
General Manager Amine Filal (l.) and Owner Kelly Green have seen significant growth since 2008 at Kelly’s Truck Repair.
San Leandro, Calif.—Since 1971, Kelly’s Truck Repair has succeeded in general and major repairs to commercial trucks, buses and assorted heavy equipment. By fixing large vehicles, providing parts for them and also pursuing fleet work, mobile off-site maintenance and department of transportation...
Peter Brooks works on a wide range of classic vehicles, including Chevrolet muscle cars, old BMWs and even a few cars made in the 1920s.
Hayward, Calif.—When you ask Peter Brooks what he does at Pete’s Gear Shop, the business he has owned since 1993, you will always get a brief and specific answer. “Strictly rear ends and stick shifts — it’s that simple.” In actuality, Pete’s Gear Shop does a little more than just those two things,...
Josh White says about 40 percent of the shop’s work is custom or restoration jobs.
San Mateo, Calif.—Josh White doesn’t hesitate when asked about changes he’s made at Priola Body Shop in the three years he’s owned the business. “I’m always trying to upgrade, always trying to make things better,” White said. “There was an older cross-flow booth here that I replaced with a Spray...
Jonathan Lee is Betts Company’s new CTO.
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA California Air Resources Board (CARB) Chair Mary D. Nichols and Attorney General Kamala D. Harris announced that German automaker Volkswagen AG and related entities have agreed to funding or investments totaling more than $1 billion in California to fully remedy the...

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