July 2015 - Northwest People & Places


     3M Automotive Aftermarket Division and the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) recently announced 43 nationwide winners of the 3M Hire Our Heroes awards. The winners included 35 students that are currently studying collision repair and have served, or are currently serving, in the military. Each winning student had the opportunity to select $3,000 worth of tools to assist with their education and future employment. Martin Zurita at Idaho State University in Pocatello was one of those recipients. “Our nation’s military veterans deserve every opportunity to get a start in our industry,” said Dale Ross, U.S. marketing operations manager at 3M. “We are happy to give back to those who have served in our military through our 3M Hire Our Heroes program, and wish them well in their future careers.”

     The Emmett Show & Shine, one of the largest car shows in Idaho, is set for July 18, in Emmett. Presented by the Emmett Lions Club, the event draws thousands of spectators to an event that includes a pancake breakfast, lunch, band performances, door prizes and raffles, a vendor show, swap meet, and evening cruise. For details, visit www.emmettshowandshine.com.



     The 2015 Portland Vintage Racing Festival, formerly known at the Portland Historic Races, takes place July 9-12, at Portland International Raceway (PIR). One of the longest running vintage races in the country, the event draws more than 250 competitors from the West Coast and Canada that run the 12-turn, 1.9-mile circuit at PIR. Spectators have full access to the paddock area to view racers and chat with drivers. For details, visit svra.com.

     The Northwest Automotive Trades Association (NATA), based in Portland, announced in June that its SAIF workers compensation group discount program has been raised substantially for the period from July 1 to June 30, 2016. The trade group announced that the SAIF discount rate has grown from 4 percent to 9 percent for the upcoming period. For details, contact NATA at 503-253-9898.

     The 2015 Veterans Cruise-in will be July 11, at Valley Catholic School in Beaverton. The popular event benefits U.S. military veterans and their families at the Salvation Army Veterans & Family Center. Some 70 homeless veterans and their families are assisted daily with transitional housing and case management services. For details on the event, as well as vehicle registration, visit www.veterancruisein.org.

     The Ron Tonkin dealerships, based in Portland, celebrate 55 years in business this summer. It was founded in mid-1960 by the late Ron Tonkin, who became the youngest Chevrolet dealer in the country at age 29. Today, the group sells more than 20 brands of vehicles and operates one of the largest wholesale parts facilities in the U.S. from its North Portland warehouse.

     The team from Vale High School in eastern Oregon once again won the national title at the 2015 Ford-AAA Auto Skills contest held at Ford world headquarters in Dearborn June 7-9. Vale has won the Oregon state championship more than any other high school in the state and has captured the national title several times, including 2013. The team of Morgan White and Jay Saunders won the 2015 competition with the best time of diagnosing and repairing a variety of bugged mechanical, electrical, and digital systems on a 2015 Ford Mustang combined with written tests taken on June 8. White’s father, Randy Belknap, was on the 1992 Vale team, and two of Saunders brothers were champions in 1992 and 2011. In addition to a variety of scholarships, tools, and prizes, the Oregon team was awarded a week-long job shadowing with Wood Brothers Racing’s No. 21 Motorcraft/Ford Fusion team. North Pole High School in Alaska placed second in the national contest with the team of Cole Vinton and Andrew Risner. In total, more than $10 million in prizes, scholarships, apparel, tools, equipment, and trophies was awarded to students representing their state and U.S. territories at the national competition.

     Photo cap: The Vale High School team of Morgan White (l) and Jay Saunders, along with Instructor Drew Barnes, stand beside the 2015 Ford Mustang Fastback they diagnosed and repaired the fastest to win the Ford-AAA Auto Skills contest in Dearborn.



     David Higgins and co-driver Craig Drew of Subaru Rally Team USA won the recent Olympus Rally in Washington’s forestland near Shelton in their Subaru WRX STI. This marked the fourth win in four starts of the Rally America National Championship for the team, who has won the Olympus Rally several times in past years. The two-day event, this year a 14-stage, 130-mile course, was the part of the first U.S. rally championship in 1973 and from 1986 to 1988 was a leg of the FIA World Rally Championship series (all of those rallies are now held in Europe and South America). The Olympus Rally, absent for two years from Rally America National Championship, is one of only two series rallies in the West along with the Oregon Trail Rally held in April. On hand for the 2015 event was John Buffum, 71, the most successful U.S. rally driver who won 11 national titles and 117 national championship events. Buffum won the Olympus Rally four times during his long career.

     Seattle Automotive Distributing (SAD), based in Auburn, was recognized with the Federated Car Care Excellence award at the recent Federated Auto Parts national meeting in Puerto Rico. The award, accepted by Ted TeGantvoort of SAD, honors a member who has excelled at implementing the Federated Car Care Center program. “Federated Car Care is one of our most important programs as it differentiates Federated in today’s competitive marketplace,” said Larry Pavey, president of Federated Auto Parts, based in Staunton, Va. “We congratulate Seattle Automotive on their well-deserved award, and we thank them for their active involvement and strong support of Federated and its programs.”

     The 41st annual Northwest Nationals Vintiques car show takes place July 30-Aug. 2, at State Fair Park in Yakima. More than 1,000 street rods from the Pacific Northwest, California, and British Columbia will be displayed with some 15,000 people attending the event that also includes a rod run, concerts, adult and children games and activities, a model car competition, barbecues, awards, and a vendor show. For details visit the event producer, Vintiques Car Club of Yakima, at www.vintiques.com.

     Over Memorial Day Weekend, NW Truck Pulls staged its first event at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe since the early 1980s and drew 2,651 attendees to view eight venues at the track. NW Truck Pulls organizes events throughout the Northwest over a five month period and will be back in Monroe to hold the Evergreen Fair Pulls on opening day of the Evergreen State Fair, Aug. 27. For details, visit www.nwtruckpulls.com.

     Olympic Brake Supply will hold its 9th annual Golf Tournament on July 31 at Foster Golf Links in Tukwila. For details on the event, visit www.olybrake.com. Olympic, a distributor of major lines of auto parts, operates seven locations in the Puget Sound region.

     The Goodguys 28th Pacific Northwest Nationals will be at the Washington State Fair Events Center in Puyallup, July 24-26. Presented by the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association, the event is expected to draw 2,500 rods, customs, classics, and trucks through 1972 that will be on display indoors for three days. Also included are the Northwest Dragfest, Nitro Thunderfest Dragster Exhibition, vendor and manufacturer exhibits, live music, swap meet, and Friday Nite Vintage Drags at nearby Pacific Raceways in Kent. For complete details, visit www.good-guys.com.

     Thousands of spectators will attend the Pacific Northwest Historics races, July 3-5, at Pacific Raceways in Kent. Organized by the Sovren Vintage Racing Association, the event raised $450,000 for Seattle Children’s Hospital in 2014 (the Sovren Guild of the hospital is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year). Several categories of racers, from pre-1941 up to 1972 vehicles, will race over the Independence Day weekend on the 2.25-mile, nine-turn course. Based in Woodinville, Sovren has been presenting the Pacific Northwest Historics since 1989. For event details, visit www.sovrenracing.org or www.northwesthistorics.com.

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