Northwest

Custom Automotive Network, formerly known as Performance Warehouse Association, would like to congratulate Ken Woomer for being named 2017 Pioneer Award Winner of the Year.  The prestigious award is voted on by the active CAN Board of Directors in recognition of outstanding contributions to the...
The McLaren 570S Spider was entry in the Run to the Sun sports and performance car competition, shown here with Mt. Hood in the background. (Photo by Jerold B. Smith)
OREGON      The Northwest Automotive Press Association (NWAPA) headquartered its annual Run to the Sun (RTTS) sports and  performance car event in Welches at the Resort at the Mountain in late September. Journalists tested 24 vehicles over hundreds of miles of Oregon and Washington, including back...
Owner Chuck Tiller says Aluminum Head Rebuilders has extensive knowledge and experience that is always available to wholesale or retail customers.
Portland, Ore.—During booming times for the remanufacturing segment, Chuck Tiller and Partner Wayne Sullivan opened Aluminum Head Rebuilders in 1995. Six years later, Tiller said they needed to move from their second-story facility in Southeast Portland to their current 10,000-square-foot building...
Automotive Instructor Rob Anderson (left) and Gary Milbradt, program assistant, get satisfaction from teaching and watching students learn and grow.
Puyallup, Wash.—Any skills center or college level instructor will be candid about the value of administration support for their programs. And in the case of the Pierce County Skills Center (PCSC), Instructor Rob Anderson, who teaches the automotive technology program, is thrilled that Michelle...
Shop manager Dylan Lewis oversees a team of 10 employees at Mark’s Auto Body.
Redmond, Ore.—Central Oregon’s strong economy, along with a spring hailstorm, have kept business strong this year at Mark’s Auto Body. “We had a May 4 hailstorm run through Sisters, Crooked River Ranch and Madras, so we just actually sent our out-of-state PDR techs home after they were here all...
Nov. 9-12 * Seattle International Auto Show, CenturyLink Field Event Center, Seattle. Visit www.seattleautoshow.com. Nov. 12 * Project Santa Claus Cruise, sponsored by the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Dept. and Fourth Corner Elites Car Club, Bellingham, Wash. For details, visit www....
IDAHO      Firebird Raceway in Boise wraps up its 50th anniversary year this month with Lucas Oil and NAPA Auto Parts races among its offerings. The track had an exceptional golden anniversary season with its most extensive schedule of events April-October, including the Boise Roadster Show, Great...
Sept. 29-30 * 2017 Fall Auto Swap Meet, Portland International Raceway, Portland, Ore. Visit www.portlandraceway.com. Oct.1-31 * Fall Car Care Month (Be Car Care Aware campaign), nationwide consumer awareness events for motorists. For CCM information, plus event promotion resources, visit www....
The Winter Reactive Technology is shown here on Goodyear Ultra Grip tires.
With the harshness of Inland Northwest winter weather, Preedy’s Tire & Automotive in Spokane approaches the market somewhat differently than in western Washington or Oregon, said Owner Kelly Wright, AAM. “In our region, most customers need studded or winter tires, while they are not as...
Kay Parks Autobody Owner Nathan Mack (left) with Operations Manager Bruce Fraser, a 27-year veteran of the shop, are both proponents of supporting local automotive training programs.
Tacoma, Wash.—There is little doubt that Nathan Mack is not aware of the legacy and reputation of the collision shop he and his wife, Melissa, purchased three years ago in June. “We’re hoping we’ve done justice to former owners Kay Parks and Dan and Sue Meyer,” he says. The legacy began in 1946...

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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.