Midwest

Prominent MSOs and Independent Owners Join the CARSTAR Family. For John Cothran, who has had two independent locations in Springfield, MO, since 2007, joining CARSTAR offered new resources and benefits to build his business. Opening as CARSTAR Tanner’s Paint and Body – Springfield and CARSTAR...
Grapevine, TX – June 28, 2019 – National Pronto Association recently announced the recipients of seven Pronto Auto Service Center scholarships.   The following students will receive scholarships for the 2019-20 academic year: Cole Christians of Sheldon, Iowa; Giovanni Colatruglio of Warren, New...
The previously named Tanner’s locations have opened as CARSTAR Tanner’s Paint and Body – Springfield and CARSTAR Tanner’s Paint and Body – Willard.
MIDWEST Prominent MSOs and independent owners have joined CARSTAR. For John Cothran, who has had two independent locations in Springfield, Mo., since 2007, said joining CARSTAR offered new resources and benefits to build his business. His locations are now named CARSTAR Tanner’s Paint and Body –...
Team members at Arnold Motor Supply in Spencer make sure that every customer is satisfied. “We want our customers to know that our team members are all experts in their field. We only hire the best and we keep the best here. Everybody offers auto parts but we put relationships first.”
Spencer, Iowa—E.P. Arnold saw a vision of the future in the automobile parts industry. As he watched the popularity of automobiles increase, he knew that there would be a market and a need for replacement parts. With very little knowledge about cars, Arnold built a storage box for the back of a...
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 “...

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