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Spokane, Wash.-The inaugural Automotive Training Expo East (ATE East) will be Oct. 25-26, at the DoubleTree Hotel/Spokane City Center. The new training venue is an extension of ATE that takes place each March in SeaTac, Wash., the West Coast’s largest automotive training event. ATE East will offer...
July 4 * Old Fashioned 4th Show n’ Shine, downtown Blaine, Wash. Visit www.blainechamber.com. July 5-7 * Annual Pacific Northwest Historics races, sponsored by the Society of Vintage Racing Enthusiasts, Pacific Raceways, Kent, Wash. Visit www.sovrenracing.org. July 12-14 * 59th annual Portland Rose...
Kurt Garbe, a retired Portland shop owner, volunteer and leader in many industry organizations, died May 29 at age 77.
Kurt Garbe, a retired Portland shop owner who spent decades as an active volunteer and leader in many industry organizations, died May 29 at age 77. “Kurt shared countless hours over the decades as a dedicated board member of NATA, and prior to that, to the organizations that merged in 2001 to form...
Consignment Positions Available at Fourth Annual Collector Cars Auction
WALWORTH, Wis. – June 5, 2019 – Mecum Auctions, the world’s largest collector car auction company, will return to Portland this June 21-22 for an offering of 600 classic and collector cars at the Portland Expo Center. Consignment positions are available to complement the offerings to include...
Mecum Auctions’ John Kraman discusses the auction process.
Wilsonville, Ore.—NATA members and affiliates gathered at the World of Speed in May to welcome Mecum Auction Portland back and to listen to Mecum’s John Kraman discuss the auction process and answer attendee questions. More than 100 people attended the event. Everyone received two free Mecum...
The annual Rose Cup Races, part of the celebration of Portland’s month-long Rose Festival, are one of the most popular racing events in the Northwest.
Motorsports and related events in the greater Northwest region continue to draw large crowds each year. Races of all types (from stock cars to motorcycles, trucks to trackers) take place annually from Alaska to Idaho, Montana to Oregon. Car shows, swap meets, cruise ins, and special events are...
National SkillsUSA winner Paul Danenberg will represent the U.S. at the WorldSkills Competition in Russia.
IDAHO Paul Danenberg, 21, of Boise will be one of 20 U.S. representatives participating at the Aug. 22-27, World Skills Competition in Kazan, Russia. He is a graduate of the Automotive Technology program at the College of Southern Idaho and is a previous SkillsUSA Idaho state winner in Automotive...
The rugged 2020 Jeep Gladiator with its Rubicon features, digs through the Extreme Capability course at Mudfest with ease.
Shelton, Wash.-The Ridge Motorsports Park, a 170-acre site near Shelton and Hood Canal, was the setting for the 25th Anniversary Northwest Outdoor Activity Vehicle of the Year Competition, affectionately called Mudfest. It is one of three annual events presented by the Northwest Automotive Press...
Kuni BMW Service Manager Jeff Cline (left) and Parts Manager Jeff Harlan say Doug Mitchell is their “tire guru,” who works full-time servicing and installing tires.
Beaverton, Ore.—Kuni BMW is one busy place, from vehicle sales to the retail and wholesale parts department to a service center that handles 1,200 vehicles a month. Part of the Holman group since 2016, the dealership was founded by Wayne Kuni who started Kuni Cadillac on Cedar Hills Boulevard in...
Kelly Whitlock says helping consumers whose vehicles are totaled helps build customer loyalty and word-of-mouth referrals.
Portland, Ore.—Kelly Whitlock believes that investing time in helping consumers whose vehicles that A Master & Touch Body & Paint doesn’t repair – because those vehicles are declared total losses – has been good for the business. “That silver Camry out there has been a month-long battle...

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