From left: Vale High School student Josh Duckworth, who won Oregon’s SkillsUSA competiton, and his instructor Drew Barnes, met NATA’s Margaret Ragan and association members at the event.David Pearson, executive director of the World of Speed museum talks with Vale High School student Josh Duckworth, who won this year’s SkillsUSA competiton in Oregon and will be competing at the national event.John Kraman, a commentator on Mecum Auctions broadcasts on the NBC Sports Network, said the company oversees the sale of 50,000 vehicles annually.Attendees at the NATA event enjoyed a lunch sponsored by Mecum Auctions, and also each received two passes to the Mecum Auction held in Portland in late June.Cathi Webb, executive director of NATA, said the association was “passing the hubcap” at the event, urgings attendees to donate funds to help send the SkillsUSA winner from Oregon, Josh Duckworth of Vale High School, to the national competition.Ross Bradshaw (right) of Portland Transmission Warehouse tosses a contribution into the “hubcap” that was passed at the event to raise money to help send the SkillsUSA winner from Oregon to the national competition.

NATA partners with Mecum for museum tour and raise student funds

Oregon’s SkillsUSA winner receives $2,500 to attend national competition

Wilsonville, Ore.—More than 120 people packed a room at the World of Speed museum in Wilsonville, Ore., for the Northwest Automotive Trade Association’s monthly “Lunch & Learn” in June. The event, sponsored by Mecum Auctions, gave attendees a chance to tour the museum and its hands-on automotive learning center for students; learn about Mecum’s Portland event (now one of 14 locations around the country that the company holds auctions each year); and raise funds ($2,500) to help send Oregon’s SkillsUSA winner, Vale High School student Josh Duckworth, to the national competition.


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