Northwest People & Places - December 2017
The Portland International Auto Show is set for Jan. 25-28, at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. In addition to hundreds of new cars on display, the event features a Portland Trail Blazers Kids Camp, a Tech Zone to see what’s new in vehicle technology, ride n’ drives of more than 35 models of cars and trucks, Electric Avenue that showcases the latest in electric vehicles and charging stations, a Great Outdoors exhibit highlighting gear and accessories for outdoor adventurers, a Motorcycle Pavilion, a Volkswagen Alltrack prize drawing give-a-way, and more. Visit www.portlandautoshow.com.
The Custom Automotive Network (CAN), formerly known as the Performance Warehouse Association, has named Ken Woomer of Auburn-based Competition Specialties Inc. (CSI) the 2017 Pioneer Award Winner of the Year. The award is voted on by the CAN board and recognizes outstanding contributions to the custom automotive distribution system. Woomer has been involved in the performance parts industry since age 13 when he began working for his late father, Steve Woomer, founder of CSI. He has been an industry activist for decades, holding various positions with several trade associations.
Todd Ainsworth and Chris Christensen, founders of West Seattle Auto Works, will purchase nearby Swedish Automotive from David Winters, effective Jan. 1. Ainsworth will sell his interest in West Seattle Auto Works to longtime employee and ASE-certified Master Technician Nathan Huie, a graduate of Idaho State University, and will manage Swedish Automotive operations. Christensen said he would spend time at both repair shops. Winters, who founded Swedish in 1983, and Ainsworth have been active with the SnoKing Unit of ASA Northwest for many years.
All eight Motion Auto Parts in eastern Washington and Northern Idaho are participating in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots campaign this holiday season. In addition, Motion’s Tim Trudnowski said they are also getting participation from most of the independent jobbers in Washington, Idaho, and Montana that the company serves through Automotive Jobbers Supply. The auto parts stores are collecting money and toys for needy children in the Inland Northwest as part of the Federated Auto parts nationwide Toys for Tots effort. As of press time, Federated had raised more than $350,000 nationwide. Since partnering with the Toys for Tots campaign, Federated has donated more than $2 million in conjunction with its members, customers, and product vendors.
The Pierce County Unit of ASA Northwest is providing toys and needed clothing for underprivileged children in Tacoma for the 18th year. ASA members and supporters have donated more than $40,000 over the years to make the holidays brighter for hundreds of children. ASA members and staff collect funds, purchases and wraps gifts, and delivers to the children with a staff member serving as Santa. To assist the program, contact ASA at 253-473-6970, or visit www.youcaring.com/2017kidsfirstpiercecountyprogram-957869.
The Don’t Drip & Drive - Fix That Leak! consumer awareness program continues in the greater Puget Sound area. Sponsored by ASA Northwest, AAA Washington, EnviroStars, and the Washington Department of Ecology, the program offers free leak inspections at participating shops, plus $50 coupons for any needed repairs, as well as free consumer workshops at high school, skill center, and college automotive technology programs from Lakewood to Bellingham. The final program for 2017 will be held at South Seattle College, Dec. 9. For details on the program, visit www.fixcarleaks.org.
The 2017 Seattle International Auto Show, one of the nation’s largest vehicle shows, drew record attendance at the November event. Held at the CenturyLink Field Event Center, the show featured more than 500 new cars and trucks, a number of special exhibits, plus ride n’ drives of more than 75 vehicles. Some of the special vehicles on display included the new Range Rover Velar; the Acura NSX supercar; the futuristic FV2 concept vehicle from Toyota that can be driven while standing, the completely redesigned Chevrolet Traverse, the all-new Alfa Romeo Stelvio, plus the debut of the all-new 2018 Nissan Leaf, the nation’s best-selling electric vehicle that Nissan representatives said has 40 percent more range and a lower price for 2018. The Leaf also has the new Nissan ProPILOT Assist system, along with the 2018 Rogue SUV, helping drivers maintain lane control and navigate traffic.