Northern California People & Places - April 2013


The Mini Mania team of classic Mini Coopers has been chosen to compete against some of the best vintage racers in the country at the Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival May 18-19. The team will be led by Don Racine in his Classic Yellow 1961 Mini Cooper #61, while son Dennis Racine will be racing the famous 1967 "Monty Mini" #177. Each year the selection of cars is very competitive due to the large number of applicants, Don Racine said. Attendees will see vintage cars at their best on track and get an up-close view of the historic vehicles in the open paddock. The weekend will also feature a Wine Country Pavilion with samplings of fine foods and wines from Sonoma and Napa Valleys, Racine said. For event information and tickets go to


RepairPal, the online resource for auto repair, announced receipt of $13 million in funding from and Castrol innoVentures. “Since its launch, RepairPal has developed content and tools, including its leading RepairPrice Estimator, to help consumers,” RepairPal CEO Art Shaw said. " and Castrol are two names that almost every car owner knows and trusts. Having two leaders in the industry fund the growth of our network is a tremendous validation of the role RepairPal plays in the life cycle of car ownership and maintenance,” Shaw said.


The Community Safety Foundation, funded by AAA Northern California, Nevada & Utah Insurance Exchange, has awarded the Collision Repair Education Foundation $50,000 for an Ultimate Collision Education Makeover grant. The winning high school or postsecondary school’s collision program will receive $50,000 worth of tools, equipment, and supplies. The following collision programs are eligible to receive the grant: College of Marin, Novato; Seaside High School, Seaside; College of Alameda, Alameda; Contra Costa Community College, San Pablo; Eden Area ROP, Hayward; Central County Occupational Center, San Jose; San Jose Job Corps Center, San Jose; Mission Valley Regional Occupational Center, Fremont Kennedy High School, Fremont; Livermore High School, Livermore; Mission Trails ROP, Salinas; Modesto Junior College, Modesto; De Anza High School, Richmond; and Solano Community College, Fairfield.


Rare Parts announced its sponsorship of Desert Dingo Racing for 2013. “We started Rare Parts Inc. in 1981 to help auto enthusiasts get the obsolete steering and suspension parts they needed to rebuild their classic cars,” President Danny Burgess said. “We’re a family-owned business that shares the same passion for maintaining classic cars that Desert Dingo shows in racing one. We’re looking forward to extending our support to the off road racing market.” Jim Graham, co-founder of Desert Dingo Racing, said, “We race a 44-year-old VW Beetle and it’s getting harder to find some parts without having to scour salvage yards or pay high prices. Rare Parts has a fantastic inventory and the design and manufacturing capabilities to turn out whatever we need.” Desert Dingo Racing is the official World Diabetes Day race car in the Baja 1000. The team raises money to support diabetes awareness and education programs sponsored by the International Diabetes Federation, Graham said.


Hillsborough Concours d’Elegance, the longest continually running concours in the world, will celebrate its 57th anniversary on July 21, Concours Chairman Rob Fisher said. The event will be held on the greens of Crystal Springs Golf Course in Burlingame. “With our move to July, our attendees and entrants can count on perfect weather and gourmet food and drink while savoring the finest display of vintage, classic, and rare automobiles.” The 2012 event generated $100,000 for its beneficiaries, including Autism Speaks, the 49ers Foundation, and the Hillsborough Schools Foundation, providing support for public schools in Hillsborough, Fisher said. For further information, go to


The Marin Sonoma Concours d’Elegance and the Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival have joined to create the ultimate vintage weekend May 18-19. The Marin Sonoma Concours is held at the Marin Civic Center, just 15 miles from Sonoma Raceway, where 400 vintage race cars will be on track. The concours will feature automobiles owned by Hollywood Legends, and celebrate the 50th anniversary of Lamborghini. The event will also feature Italian motorcycles, Woodie station wagons, and a vintage camper and trailer display. For more information on the Concours on May 19, visit To celebrate their partnership, the Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival and the Marin Sonoma Concours d'Elegance have created the Wine Country Classics Flex Pass, one ticket that includes both events. For more information on these events or to purchase Wine Country Classics Flex Pass, call 800-870-RACE (7223).


Del City announced the opening of a new West Coast distribution center in Reno. The new facility will enable the company to deliver products in the western United States in 1-2 days, George Dowse, Del City's business leader, said. "The facility is a logical next step in expanding our service offering.We credit Del City's dramatic growth to staying true to the company's mission of providing fast and cost-effective access to professional-grade products in the quantities customers need,” Dowse said. 

National Performance Warehouse Companies has announced the opening a new facility in San Jose. Larry Pacey, company president and CEO, said, “As our business in California continues to grow, we realized we had to have a larger building that would see us through at least the next 3-6 years. We feel that providing a large inventory with San Jose as the base, we can service our customers better and quicker.” Speed Warehouse operations will continue into the near future as is, Pacey said.


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