Northwest

Curtis Stairs is now operating his own business out of the dealership body shop space that he previously used to manage.
McMinnville, Ore.—Curtis Stairs’ business enjoys many of the benefits of a dealership shop but he also has the independence of operating his own shop. Since the beginning of 2015, Stairs has leased the former Larsen Motors’ body shop facility, and operated the business as Stairs Auto Body. “I...
The Rolls Royce Dawn convertible, with its coach (or “suicide”) doors drives the course at RTTS.
The Northwest Automotive Press Association (NWAPA) hosted the annual Run to the Sun (RTTS) event in September with headquarters at the Resort at the Mountain in Welches, Ore. RTTS allowed 25 automotive journalists from Oregon, Washington, Arizona, and British Columbia to test drive 25 sport and...
Oct. 31 - Nov. 4 * Automotive Aftermarket Industry Week (AAIW), Las Vegas, including the AAPEX Show (Nov.1-3 at Sands Expo) and SEMA Show (Nov. 1-4 at Las Vegas Convention Center). Visit www.aapexshow.com or www.semashow.com. Nov. 1-2 * General Meeting, Collision Industry Conference (CIC), Westgate...
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...

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