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Ron Reiling
We fought a strong battle to save The Missouri State Safety Inspection Program. It survived, but it’s wounded. The last day of session for 2019 in Jefferson City was May 17, and we were successful in stopping HB451 as it died in the Senate Transportation Committee. Thank you to everyone that took...
Legislation (S.B. 242) that would have allowed historic vehicles to be issued license plates without an annual mileage restriction failed to pass before Missouri’s legislature adjourned for 2019. In Missouri, an historic vehicle is defined as being 25 years old or older, owned solely as a collector...
A press release distributed by an automotive industry association inaccurately eluded that the Missouri vehicle safety inspection program was safe since House Bill 451 was not passed this session. Even though Rep J. Eggleston’s House Bill 451 did not make it through the Senate, the same wording was...
Dirt Track Racing Legend Scott Bloomquist competes in the 2018 Silver Dollar Nationals at the I-80 Speedway. (Photo courtesy of Unique Perspective Photography/Amanda Reitan, Waverly, Neb. )
Whether you prefer the chest-pounding staccato of two dragsters filling the air with acrid nitro and burned rubber fumes or a pack of alcohol-fueled sprint cars throwing dirt in the air as they dive into a corner, race fans have a wide variety of events to choose from. Parts & People has...
Malcom Auto Center celebrates 100 years in business.
MIDWEST Malcom Auto Center in Andover, Kan., celebrates 100 years in business. Owners Pat and Steve Malcom assumed ownership of the business in 1983. Malcoms’ grandfather started the business in 1919 and ran it along with his son, Malcoms’ uncle. The shop features a 14-bay facility and a parts...
Porsche specialist Karl Wilen, owner of Rennsport KC, splits his time between building and maintaining road-race cars and street cars.
Grandview, Mo.—In the punishing racetrack environment, even a small part failure can ruin the day of a driver who may have spent $10,000 to compete at a weekend event. “Mileage on a race car is tenfold what it is on a street car, in terms of the abuse the parts take,” said Karl Wilen (pronounced “...
Mike Anderson (left) and Steve West, senior estimator at Bob Sight Ford in Lee’s Summit, Mo., conduct a role-playing exercise on insurance adjuster-relations.
Mulvane, Kan.—Asked what his secret of success was, hockey great Wayne Gretzky said, “I skate to where the puck is going to be, not to where it has been.” Mike Anderson, of Collision Advice, has adopted the Gretzky philosophy as his theme for 2019. “Thriving and not just surviving” in changing...
Riley Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac Automotive Service Technician John Dolson took this photo of the damage in the dealership’s service department.
An EF-3 tornado left a path of destruction in Jefferson City, Mo., at close to midnight Wed., May 22. Although there were multiple injuries, including for victims trapped under rubble in houses and businesses, no fatalities were reported at press time. At least two automotive businesses were...
ROCHESTER, N.Y., May 21, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Monro, Inc. (Nasdaq: MNRO), a leading provider of automotive undercar repair and tire services, today announced it has expanded its collaboration with Amazon.com to provide tire installation services at over 400 additional Monro retail tire and...
Wheat Ridge, CO (May 21, 2019) — The National Automotive Service Task Force (NASTF) proudly announces the addition of Sheri Hamilton, Executive Director of the Midwest Auto Care Alliance, to the Education Team (EDU). Hamilton coordinates VISION Hi-Tech Training & Expo in Kansas City, the...

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