From left: A & E Tire Store Manager Roger Klapp, US Autoforce Sales Representative Vern Krantz, and A & E Tire Commercial Sales Representative Jeremy Quattlebaum wait to take a spin around the track. (Photo by Shane Rohleder)Mark Steele (driver), shop manager, and Jason Burrows, service manager, at Boulder Tire, Boulder, Colo., pose for a photo before taking one of four modified BMW 228i coupes around the Yokohama Ride & Drive course set up at Mile High Stadium parking lot. (Photo by Shane Rohleder)A driver rounds the corner at the Yokahoma Ride & Drive track in Denver with Mile High Stadium in the background. (Photo by Shane Rohleder)Santa Fe ECO high school collaborated with SEMA to build this 2015 Jeep Wrangler, which was auctioned off in June. All proceeds from the sale were donated to the school to fund the next vehicle build.

Mountain People & Places - July 2018

COLORADO

Capital Paint & Refinish LLC was one of five distributors awarded the 2018 ColorSource Elite Diamond Award at the annual Colorsource conference in Scottsdale, Ariz. The award was presented to distributors with three years of consecutive growth. ColorSource is a network of BASF single-line distributors.

Inland Truck Parts & Service has acquired Drivetrain Industries (DTI), merging DTI’s nine locations, five in Colorado, three in Wyoming and one in Albuquerque, N.M., with Inland’s 35 locations spread across 11 states. All locations will now operate as Inland Truck Parts & Service.

A bill to extend the length of the motor-vehicle emissions inspection cycle for 1982-and-newer model years from every two years to every four years has died. The bill failed to pass out of the Senate Committee on Transportation. Emissions inspections are required for vehicles being registered or titled for the first time in Colorado and biennially based on model year.

The 2018 Denver Yokohama experiential Ride and Drive gave local tire shops and dealers the chance to test new Yokohama tires while driving modified BMW 228i coupes at the outdoor track set up at Mile High Stadium. Each car came equipped with Yokohama’s soon-to-be-released AVID Ascend GT, along with the ADVAN A052, ADVAN Sport A/S and S. drive tires.

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper has signed an executive order requiring the development of a rule to establish a Colorado Low Emission Vehicle (LEV) program which incorporates the same requirements as the California LEV program, instead of adhering to the federal standards, which he said fail to meet the state’s clean air goals. Hickenlooper’s executive order stated that the Clean Air Act allows states to adopt California’s alternative vehicle standards, as approved in a waiver from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and that the federal government’s April 2018 decision to roll back vehicle greenhouse gas and fuel efficiency standards for model years 2022 and beyond would have serious consequences for Colorado’s efforts to meet its clean energy goals. The second half of the directive requires the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to propose a rule to the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission during its August 2018 meeting for possible adoption into the Colorado Code of Regulations by end of December 2018.

 

NEW MEXICO

Santa Fe Early College Opportunities (Santa Fe ECO) - a high school that provides applied sciences and tech training, along with traditional academic classes - collaborated with SEMA to build a 2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. The build began in late 2017 and has been auctioned off through Bring-A-Trailer in June, with 100 percent of the proceeds from the sale donated to the school to fund the next vehicle build. The school garnered industry support from 23 companies that contributed parts as well as SEMA volunteer leaders, who took time to work with the students and help guide the project.

 

Parts & People

Parts & People is published monthly by Automotive Counseling and Publishing Company, Inc., a Colorado corporation, P.O. Box 18731 Denver, CO 80203, 303-765-4664. President-Lance Buchner. Founded by Lance Buchner and Dave Lucia.