Northwest

Oct. 1-31 * Fall Car Care Month (Be Car Care Aware campaign), coordinated by the Car Care Council, various locations across the U.S., including the Northwest. Visit www.carcare.org for details on planning an event. Oct. 1 * Annual Lights-on Campaign (in conjunction with Fall Car Care Month),...
Standing in the showroom at Courtesy Auto Service and Tire of Tacoma are, from l., Doug Engelhardt, service manager since 2007; Owner Scott Welsh; and Bob Thomas, sales manager and employee since 2008.
Tacoma, Wash.-Scott Welsh, of Courtesy Auto Service and Tire of Tacoma, has been a tire guy for his entire career, having begun with Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. in 1983. He hasn’t looked back. Today, he owns the full-service auto repair and tire shop with his wife, Susan.      Over the past 33...
Owner Barrett Travis (l.) and General Manager Robert Perez stand in the front office area of Pacific Auto Body with banners that reflect the shop’s specialization.
Seattle—Pacific Auto Body was founded in 2008 during a difficult economy, but it has grown consistently to the point Owner Barrett Travis is looking for additional space. “We’ve been looking for a larger facility since we’ve grown to the point we need to expand, but it’s difficult to find in this...
The 2016 Honda Odyssey SE provides a solid ride, offers spacious hauling capacity, and can tow up to 3,500 pounds.
We recently completed consecutive drives of several Honda and Acura models and as we generally experience, each offered genuine performance and superb usability.      The 2016 Honda Odyssey 5-Door Special Edition (SE) minivan (not so mini at just over 118 inches) we tested, the middle of five trims...
Paul Danenberg was named the Mitchell 1 Automotive Technology Student of the Year.
ALASKA NAPA AutoTech will present Next Gen Maintenance classes, Oct. 5, at the NAPA Training Center in Wasilla and Oct. 6, at the NAPA Auto Parts store on East Dowling in Anchorage. For details, call 800-292-6428. IDAHO      Paul Danenberg, of Nampa, was recently named the 2016 Mitchell 1...
(Portland, Ore.) September 14, 2016 – Portland-based and family-owned auto parts distributor and retailer Baxter Auto Parts/Performance Warehouse has purchased Central 4 Wheel Drive with locations in Portland and Spokane. Both locations will continue operating under the name of Central 4-Wheel...
Dien Chang says he more than tripled the space his shop occupies with a move to its current location.
Portland, Ore.—When Dien Chang launched ATC Auto Body & Paint in 2002, he converted a 6,000-square-foot vacant space into a fully equipped body shop. A decade later, facing a rent increase in a down economy, Chang repeated the process, this time renovating a 20,000-square-foot former warehouse...
Sept. 3-4 * Columbia River Classic Vintage Sports Car Races, Portland International Raceway, Portland. Visit www.sovren.org. Sept. 9-11 * 9th annual Rods n’ Rhodies Invitational Car Show, Florence, Ore. Visit www.florencechamber.com. Sept. 10 * 4th annual Northwest Muscle Car Show, Griot’s Garage,...
Owner Norm Huletz Jr. says pricing estimates for electrical work can be difficult depending on an issue’s complexity.
Seattle-Not many automotive businesses survive eight decades as a family-operated repair facility, but Huletz Electric Co. has accomplished that and remains a thriving entity, said Owner Norm Huletz Jr., a 30-year veteran at the electrical specialist who grew up in the business.      Founded in...
A Vietnam era Huey helicopter approaches the 5th annual Veterans & Family Center Cruise-In in Beaverton as part of a fundraising effort for homeless veterans and their families.
OREGON      The 5th annual Veterans & Family Center Cruise-In held recently in Beaverton was a huge success, said Lynn Kirwan, event coordinator. “We had 165 show cars and 55 motorcycles that were escorted by the Beaverton police, and we raised more than $34,000 that will directly assist our 80...

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Parts & People is published monthly by Automotive Counseling and Publishing Company, Inc., a Colorado corporation, P.O. Box 18731 Denver, CO 80203, 303-765-4664. President-Lance Buchner. Founded by Lance Buchner and Dave Lucia.