Northwest

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...
Brian McCullough, of Scat, was named EPWI 2015 Representative of the Year. Pictured, from l., are Luke Van Woensel, McCullough, Greg Dunlap and Paul Van Woensel. (Photo by Rob Merwin)
Vail. Colo.—Engine & Performance Warehouse (EPWI) named its 2015 “Representative Of The Year” at its recent Awards Dinner during the company’s 29th annual Summer Conference in Vail, Colo., Aug. 4. Brian McCullough, of Scat, was named EPWI 2015 Representative of the Year. McCullough, Crankshaft...
Owner John Mathews stands adjacent to his orange Jeep Wrangler parked in front of his shop.
Auburn, Wash.—An off-roading passion has turned into a profitable business venture for John Mathews, who owns Auburn Car Repair and Offroad. “At 19 I was an avid gear head and had been working on cars since I was 13 or so, and I always knew what I wanted to do,” he said. On Aug. 1, 1996, Mathews...
Courtesy Auto Service and Tire, a Pierce County, WA auto repair shop located at the Tacoma Mall, has been serving customers with honesty and integrity for over a decade, specializing in both domestic and import auto service, as well as hybrid vehicle repair. As a way of giving back to the community...
Aug. 2-5 * 2016 ADS International Convention & Tradeshow, sponsored by Association of Diesel Specialists, Wynn Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nev. Visit www.diesel.org. Aug. 9-13 * International Autobody Congress & Exposition (NACE) and Congress of Automotive Repair & Service (CARS), Anaheim...
Pat Murray now oversees a business that employs 18 people, including six other family members.
Des Moines, Wash.—For Pat and Tom Murray, a lot has come full circle. The two brothers each began their career working while still in high school at a body shop owned by Robert Bjorneby. For Pat Murray, that’s where he met a co-worker who would later become his wife, Wendy. Flash forward about 30...
The national tour of the Budweiser Super Custom Car Show will have a stop in Portland, Aug. 28.
IDAHO      Alex Perkes, of Technical Careers High School in Idaho Falls, won the silver medal in the Automotive Refinishing Technology (high school category) contest at the 2016 SkillsUSA National Leadership & Skills Conference, June 20-14, in Louisville, Ky. He won the state competition to...
Jonathan Ball, a two-time gold medal winner at the SkillsUSA National Leadership & Skills Conference, stands in front of a Cadillac that was presented to the Aberdeen High School automotive technology program last year as a result of his national title. (Photo courtesy of The Daily World)
Louisville, Ky.—Jonathan Ball, who recently graduated from Aberdeen High School, has accomplished something none have ever done by winning the gold medal for the second time in the Automotive Service Technology competition (high school category) at the 52nd annual 2016 SkillsUSA National Leadership...

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