Northwest People & Places - August 2019
The 33rd annual Lewiston Hot August Nights (LHAN) is set for Aug. 22-24, in downtown Lewiston. This event features cruises, judged classic car shows, vendors, music, art, and more. The largest auto gathering in the region, LHAN draws hundreds of cars from across the West. For details, visit www.lewistonhan.com.
Larry H. Miller Subaru in Boise has been certified as a J.D. Power 2019 Dealer of Excellence. Larry H. Miller dealerships represent 10 percent of the 150 dealers certified across the nation, as 15 of the Miller stores in seven states received the prestigious designation. The certifications are based on exceptional customer service, and the Subaru store Dealer of Excellence certification is the first-ever for any Idaho dealership.
The 56th annual Ignite the Nights event will be Aug. 15-17, in Libby. Presented by the Igniters Car Club, the oldest active car club in the state, the three-day event is the largest of its kind in Montana. Included are a 100-percent payout Poker Run, cruises, judged shows with more than two-dozen car and truck categories, live music, street dances, and more. For complete details, visit www.igniterscarclub.com.
The Grand Prix of Portland – IndyCar Series – is Aug. 30-Sept. 1, at Portland International Raceway (PIR). Part of a weeklong festival, hundreds of cars and trucks will race in four events that include the only Indy Car races in the Northwest (NTT IndyCar Series and Road to Indy), the Battery Tender Global Mazda MX-5 Cup, and the Stadium SUPER Trucks. Hundreds of cars will participate in the three-day event that draws thousands of spectators from throughout the Western U.S. Visit www.portlandraceway.com. The Springfield Car Cruise & Show n’ Shine takes place Aug. 23-24, in downtown Springfield. This event draws classic cars, trucks, and motorcycles to judged shows and downtown cruising. Visit www.springfield cruise.com for event details.
A car reunion for past customers of Bud’s Machine & Engine Shop in Lakewood is set for Aug. 18, at Spanaway Lake Park in Spanaway. The family of Donald “Bud” Williams is inviting wholesale and retail customers of the machine shop over the past several decades to bring their hot rods, race cars, street rods, and daily drivers to the park from 10 a.m. to dusk to honor the machining and engine work Williams has provided over the years to hundreds of customers. The event is also a celebration of Williams’ 80th birthday. For details, contact Rick Williams at 253-222-8671.
The 27th annual Mustang & All-Ford Roundup takes place at Griot’s Garage in Tacoma, Aug. 11. For those who bring a backpack filled with school supplies for the Caring for Kids program there is a special drawing. Proceeds also benefit Emergency Food Network and other local charities. Visit www.piercecountymustangeclub.com.
ASA Northwest will hold its annual Industry Golf Outing, Aug. 21, at Eagles Pride Golf Course in DuPont. The outing includes team golf, raffle prizes, poison ball, hole-in-one contest to win a car, box lunches, plus an awards banquet. Visit www.asanorthwest.com, or call 253-473-6970.
The 42nd annual LeMay Show at Marymount in East Tacoma is Aug. 31. Attendees can visit more than 1,500 vintage vehicles in the LeMay Collection housed at the historic Marymount Military Academy. There are also extensive displays of automotive memorabilia, antique radios, and antique farm equipment. A Lucky Collector Car Auction takes place on-site, Aug. 31 and Sept. 1. For complete details, visit www.lemaymarymount.org.
ASA Northwest is staging its inaugural ATE East training event, Oct. 25-26, at the DoubleTree Hotel at Spokane City Center. Twenty-four management and mechanical training classes for repair and service shops will be held over a two-day period by some North America’s top trainers. There will two keynote speakers plus a table-top vendor show and sponsor appreciation reception on Friday evening. All-inclusive packages include two days of training, all training materials, one breakfast, two lunches, and the Friday evening reception. For complete class schedules, hotel info, and data on trainers visit www.ateeast.com, or call 877-257-2100.
Larry H. Miller Lexus in Spokane has been named a J.D. Power 2019 Dealer of Excellence. While 15 Miller stores in seven states were certified, this was their only dealership in Washington to receive the certification. “The J.D. Power Dealer of Excellence certification sets the standard for the exceptional level of customer service we aim to provide at every one of our dealership locations,” said Dean Fitzpatrick, president of Larry H. Miller Dealerships. “To have 15 (out of 150 nationwide) of our dealerships certified shows that our customers agree we are meeting or exceeding that goal in many of our locations.”
Glenn MacMillan recently opened Campers NW adjacent to his Eastside Autoworks/Bellevue Auto & Electric shop in Bellevue. A longtime owner of multiple Eurovans, the niche business provides service, repair, and upgrades to Westfalia Camper Vans, Winnebago Campers, and Eurovan Tin Top units. “We’re specialists in Volkswagen Eurovan camper services, but work on all camper models, and provide virtually everything from maintenance and service to restoration and complete camper upgrades,” MacMillan said.