Northwest

The 4x4 market is huge and growing, and unless we have another bubble in the economy, I see this market continuing to grow,” says Andy Sokso, of Andy’s Automotive & Off Road.
Olympia, Wash.—Andy Sokso is candid that the off-road segment of his business is a niche market many shops may not want to approach. “I started this about 10 years before my dad retired and it has paid off. The 4x4 market is huge and growing, and unless we have another bubble in the economy, I see...
Bethesda, Md.-The University of the Aftermarket Foundation (UAF) has awarded $130,000 in scholarships to 80 students nationwide, including seven in the Northwest. The scholarships are for the 2018-2019 academic year. “We are pleased that the Aftermarket Foundation can help so many talented students...
Aug. 31-Sept. 2 * Verizon Indy Car Grand Prix, Portland International Raceway, Portland. Visit www.portlandgp.com. Sept. 1-2 * 11th annual Bigfork Rumble in the Bay, downtown Bigfork, Mont. For details, visit www.bigforkrumble.com. Sept. 3 * Roadsters Northwest Car Show & Swap Meet, Frontier...
The ASCCA is very excited about our two special events taking place in conjunction with our September Team Weekend event September 7-9 at Cuyamaca college -- will feature information on the ASCCA Degree Program Sept. 7 from 1-4 p.m., and the Connected Cars Training Sept. 8, from 1-5 p.m. Click the...
Louisville, Ky.-With more than 16,000 students, teachers, and industry partners in attendance, the 54th annual SkillsUSA National Leadership & Skills Conference (NLSC) provided hands-on skills contests in 100 various trade, technical, and leadership fields. Held June 25-29, in Louisville, Ky.,...
Aug. 5 * Coburg Car Classic, downtown Coburg, Ore. Visit www.coburgcars.com. Aug. 8 * Annual Golf Tournament, ASA Northwest, Eagles Pride Golf Course, DuPont, Wash. Visit www.asanorthwest.com, or call 253-473-6970. Aug. 11 * 7th annual Salute to Veterans Car & Motorcycle Show, Washington County...
The overall winner and recipient of the Northwest Green Vehicle of the Year is the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid.
Vancouver, Wash.—A 97-year-old hanger at the Pearson Air Museum on the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site was the headquarters for the 2018 Drive Revolution (DR), an annual event presented by the Northwest Automotive Press Association (NWAPA). Automotive journalists from British Columbia,...
The two top sellers at the Mecum Auction at the Portland Expo Center were a Ford GT and Chevy Camaro.
IDAHO The Lewiston Hot August Nights car event and concerts takes place Aug. 23-25, in downtown Lewiston. The three-day event features two classic car and motorcycle Show n’ Shines, a Les Schwab Sports Truck & 4x4 Show, multiple music events, and food booths. The largest event of its kind in...
Wapiti NW Fleet Services Owner John Muonio is pictured with son, Alex, a shop helper at the company.
Vancouver, Wash.—With what he calls a passion for fleet service, John Muonio has developed Wapiti NW Fleet Services into a key player in Clark County and Portland areas since founding the company in 2014. With an AA degree in automotive technology from Mt. Hood Community College in nearby Gresham,...
Shop owner Kevin Morse says revenue is down but profits are up since ending the company’s direct repair agreements with insurers.
Battle Ground, Wash.—Kevin Morse points to two significant changes he’s made at Elite Collision Center in the past year: ending all of the shop’s direct repair program agreements with insurers, and joining an Axalta-sponsored “business council” (20 group). “For at least the last 10 years, we’ve had...

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