Northwest

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...
This 1951 Ford from Auburn won the Winfield Award at the 18th annual PPG Syracuse Nationals.
IDAHO      Jasper Engines & Transmissions has opened a branch operation on Victory Road in Boise to better serve the Treasure Valley, southern Idaho, and eastern Oregon. “Our Pacific Northwest region has rapidly grown over the years, and this new branch in Boise is our way of thanking our...
Owner Doug Greenfield is installing a new software system that will allow each technician to have a laptop and enter data for service advisors to track job progress.
Kent, Wash.—When Kent Performance Auto Center was founded in 2008, Co-owner and general manager Doug Greenfield said he never imagined that almost 10 years later the business would be what it is today. “We transformed from a general repair shop working on all cars and light trucks to a maintenance...
Kevin Hurley manages a team of 26 employees at the Kendall Collision Center. He has developed a process where every car gets scanned, regardless of whether an insurance company is paying for it.
Eugene, Ore.—Kevin Hurley doesn’t hesitate when asked what he sees as some key industry issues. “I think the biggest thing we’re dealing with right now is the vehicle scanning issue,” said Hurley, manager of Kendall Collision Center. “I think everybody has got to get on board with that. We have...
NW Calendar   Aug. 31 * ASA Northwest Family Fun Night at Cheney Stadium, Tacoma, Wash. Visit www.asanorthwest.com, or call 253-473-6970. Sept. 2-3 * 2017 Columbia River Classic, presented by Sovren Vintage Racing, Portland International Raceway, Portland, Ore. Visit www.sovren.org. Sept. 8-10 *...

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