Northwest

The streets of downtown Sandpoint are filled with hundreds of show cars and thousands of spectators each year during the Lost in the 50s Car Show.
ALASKA Results of the state SkillsUSA contests reveal the following winners who will compete at the SkillsUSA National Leadership & Skills Competition, June 24-28, in Louisville, Ky.: • Automotive Service Technology, Thomas Oatman, Kodiak High School • Diesel Equipment Technology, Caleb Tabios...
Patty Armstrong and James Van Cleve handle both parts and service at the longtime Ford store in Morton.
Morton, Wash.—If it’s excelling at customer service and satisfaction, then Van Cleve Ford has accomplished that and more as the small-town Ford store has won Ford’s prestigious President’s Award about as many times as any dealer in the country. With just 14 employees, Van Cleve sits in the shadow...
May 5 * Spring Electric Vehicle Show, Triple XXX Drive-In, Issaquah, Wash. Visit www.driveelectricweek.org. May 11 * 37th annual Spring Classic Car Show, sponsored by Portland Transmission Warehouse (PTW), Portland, Ore. Visit www.portlandtrans.com. May 15-17 * 2019 PBES Conference (Paint, Body...
Strongsville, Ohio—PPG has announced the schedule of collision refinish training classes for the second quarter of 2019. Collision refinish courses set for May and June will cover PPG premium brands including the Envirobase High Performance, Aquabase Plus, Deltron and Global Refinish System lines....
America’s Car Museum will celebrate Chevrolet’s rich history as part of its rotating Route 66 display
TACOMA, Wash. (Apr. 17, 2019) – To pay homage to one of the United States’ most storied automotive brands, America’s Car Museum (ACM) – the largest automotive museum in North America – will celebrate Chevrolet in its Summer Drive Series – “See the USA in Your Chevrolet” display April 19 through...
Bill Haas, AAM, keynote speaker and trainer at ATE.
SeaTac, Wash.—The Automotive Training Expo (ATE) returned to Seattle for its 2019 event, March 22-24. Classes were once again sold out and the trade show was a success. Several new technical classes were added this year, which included both intermediate and advanced alignment courses, hybrid/EV...
International Rally Driver Ken Block and the Hoonigan Team recently revealed their newly built Ford Escort Cosworth that began competing in the ARA 100 Acre Wood Rally in March and is expected to be front runner in the Olympus Rally.
IDAHO      Michael Gonzalez, of Larry Miller Chrysler Jeep Dodge RAM in Boise, is one of 30 service advisors nationwide to receive the Mopar “TopAdvisor” award from FCA. Award winners received a trip to FCA US headquarters in Auburn Hills, Mich., and a Mopar Shinola watch. Mopar parts has honored...
Leon Martin has an ARO of $941 and $1.7 million is annual sales with six basic bays and an average monthly car count of 150 vehicles.
Rochester, Wash.—While diagnostics and digital inspections are vital to maintaining vehicle health, Leon Martin also promotes his “Know the TRUTH about your VEHICLE” program, which strengthens the shop’s mission statement that promotes keeping customers in a trustworthy, “no worries” vehicle, among...
Todd Black instructed Hybrid Battery Repair & Rejuvenation classes throughout the Northwest region.
While combustion engines powered by gasoline and diesel products remain the top sellers in the U.S., hybrid and electric vehicles continue to see growth each year. Most industry analysts predict hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and pure electric vehicles (EVs) will continue sales growth dramatically...
Shop owner Brent Gilmour says more customers in the past two years have mentioned the shop’s online reviews than had in the previous 20 years.
Salem, Ore.—Brent Gilmour wanted to make an equipment purchase at the end of last year, so I asked one of his journeyman technicians for an opinion on what to buy. “He said, ‘If you buy one of these, you just gave me a raise,’” Gilmour said, pointing to Hyacinth Collision Centre’s new Chief...

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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.