Hanson Distributing has acquired Valley Auto Parts in City of Industry.A 1936 Pontiac Sedan, “Pindian,” is the winner of the Goodguys Most Beautiful Street Rod at the Goodguys West Coast Nationals.The rebranded Wine Country Speed Festival is slated for May 31-June 2, 2019, at Sonoma Raceway.

Northern California People & Places - October 2018

Big O Tires recognized Chris Monteverde, a multi-store owner in Northern California, as one of its 2017 Franchisees of the Year. Monteverde invests in his locations and his associates and he said he training is essential for continual growth and has a dedicated training room for associate development opportunities. He was also noted for his commitment to give back to his community. Recipients were recognized at the annual convention in San Antonio, Texas, alongside fellow franchisees, managers, corporate associates and supplier partners.

Hanson Distributing Company has announced its acquisition of Valley Auto Parts in City of Industry. Valley Auto Parts becomes the ninth location in Hanson Distributing’s HMC Auto Parts company-owned store division. “We’re very happy to have a longtime customer and business partner in the family,” said Daniel Hanson II, vice president/director, Hanson Distributing.

NAPA AutoCare Fresno Select Group, which sponsors of Wheels of Hope, provided an inspected and refurbished 2009 Chevrolet HHR to Jasbinder Saini, a local mother whose vehicle had been in an accident, at Chuckchansi Park in Fresno. Warren Parr, president of the Fresno Select Group, told YourCentralValley.com, “We are trying to do what we can do help the community and what we do best is fix cars and that’s why we give Wheels of Hope away. Because we’re the ones that can.”

The recent Goodguys West Coast Nationals Show Presented by BASF at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton, Calif., had a slew of award-winning cars present. Robert Anderson’s 1936 Pontiac sedan “Pindian,” was awarded Goodguys Most Beautiful Street Rod Presented by BASF. Other finalists for America’s Most Beautiful Street Rod were 1934 Ford owned by Pete Aardema; 1937 Ford owned by Jim Bridgewater, built by All Ways Hot Rods; 1932 Ford owned by Erik and Oksana Hansen, built by Tim Strange; and 1933 Chevy Roadster owned by Greg Meyers, built by A&M Deluxe Customs.

Bob Cushing, president and CEO, WORLDPAC and executive vice president, Advance Professional will Keynote CAWA’s 2018 Gala Dinner the Sunday night before AAPEX/SEMA in Las Vegas, Oct. 28. The event, to be held at Caesar’s Palace, is sponsored by Motorcar Parts of America, allowing CAWA to devote all proceeds from the gala to its scholarship program. Contact programs@cawa.org for further information.

Sonoma Raceway’s annual June historic-car racing weekend will be under new management in 2019. Jeff O’Neill, founder of O’Neill Vintners & Distillers, will lead the new group with plans to create a world-class event that will delight not only the drivers, but provide an extraordinary venue for spectators to enjoy the rare cars. O’Neill has tapped Driver Cris Vandagriff to partner on the event. The rebranded Wine Country Speed Festival is slated for May 31-June 2, 2019 on Sonoma Raceway’s traditional 12-turn, 2.52-mile road course.

Casa Roble Fundamental High School, in Orangevale, is among the Top 20 schools selected from 221 nominations across 91 schools in the U.S. for the 2018 School of the Year competition. The winner will be selected from the four finalists, with a ceremony and formal announcement during AAPEX on Oct. 30. WIX Filters and O’Reilly Auto Parts are partners with Tomorrow’s Tech as title sponsors.

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