Northern California

SONOMA, Calif. (Nov. 13, 2018) — Fifty-five Sonoma County non-profit organizations will benefit from nearly $450,000 in grants recently awarded by the Sonoma chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities (SCC), the charitable arm of Sonoma Raceway. In total, $448,000 was distributed to youth-serving...
SONOMA, Calif. (Nov. 1, 2018) - Sonoma Raceway kicked off its season of giving today with the 18th annual Thanksgiving Food Drive, which runs through Nov. 19. Race fans and community members can donate non-perishable food items at several North Bay locations, and all food collected will be...
This photo is of Travelers Body & Fender Works, in Fresno, in 1965. The owner at the time, Orval Minnis, is pictured top row center. Jim Minnis, bottom row to the right, recently had the shop acquired by Caliber Collision.
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA It’s time to prepare for the minimum wage changes that begin Jan. 1, 2019. In 2016, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed SB 3, making California the first state in the nation that committed to raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour statewide. Under the bill, California’s...
From left: Chris, John and Kevin Hinkley with technicians Frank Kurowski and Kevin Ortiz complete 200 hours of training classes annually.
Castro Valley, Calif.—Kevin Hinkley says he’s a big supporter of two schools in his area that offer auto tech classes and has hired several of its graduates over the years. “All of the trades are hurting right now, so shop owners connecting with the schools is important.”  As a member of the...
Mike and Peggy Bryant have owned and operated the shop for more than three decades and now serve second and third generation customers.
Redding, Calif.—As an Gold I-CAR shop, Mike Bryant says Artistic Body & Paint and staff have to stay on top of training to maintain its status and repair new technology as it rolls off the assembly lines. “I-CAR is a great resource for us, because they provide us with the latest information and...
From left: Brad McCombs, Cuyamaca College automotive technology instructor and department chair, Rocky Khamenian, 2018 ASCCA state president, and Larry McLemore, Cuyamaca College career education dean.
El Cajon, Calif.—Most repair shop owners are familiar with programs such as the Ford ASSET, GM ASEP, Chrysler Mopar CAP, and Toyota T-Ten, offered at most community colleges in California. The only problem with those programs is that the curriculums were created by the OEMs and designed to channel...
SONOMA, Calif. (Oct. 10, 2018) – Sonoma Raceway President and General Manager Steve Page has been selected as one of three finalists for the 2018 Comcast Community Champion of the Year Award, an annual award created to recognize the philanthropic efforts of individuals within the NASCAR industry. ...
Hans Art started Hans Art Automotive in San Francisco after working on a 1955 Pontiac for a friend. Today, he relies on training, customer education and diagnostic prowess.
San Francisco—The hair might be gone, but the passion is still there. Hans Art, the owner at Hans Art Automotive has seen the industry change in several dramatic ways since he opened his doors in 1970, but this “old hippy” said many of the most important things are still the same. By staying on top...
Owner Walee Gon at Faxon Garage’s business has grown continually by retaining his technicians and finding customer-centric service advisors.
San Francisco—By accessing a wide range of informational tools and working hard to find and hire people that share his passion for customer service, Walee Gon, the owner of Faxon Garage, has watched his business grow and hitting better numbers every year. Gon, 47, immigrated to the U.S. from China...
The crew at Simply Superior Auto Body repairs 40-50 cars every month. At the far right is owner Rich Lezcano.
Concord, Calif.—Rich Lezcano is a “big picture” guy, and that’s why the owner of Simply Superior Auto Body is always looking at what is coming next for his business and the industry. While focusing on performing quality repairs and stressing customer service, Lezcano is preparing for 10-15 years...

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