Midwest People & Places - July 2019
Prominent MSOs and independent owners have joined CARSTAR. For John Cothran, who has had two independent locations in Springfield, Mo., since 2007, said joining CARSTAR offered new resources and benefits to build his business. His locations are now named CARSTAR Tanner’s Paint and Body – Springfield, and CARSTAR Tanner’s Paint and Body – Willard.
The National Automotive Service Task Force (NASTF) announced the addition of Sheri Hamilton, executive director of the Midwest Auto Care Alliance, to its Education Team (EDU). Hamilton coordinates VISION Hi-Tech Training & Expo in Kansas City. In addition, she brings years of experience in coordinating and delivering education programs.
Stet Schanze, of Gray Manufacturing Company, in St. Joseph, Mo., has been named chairman of the Automotive Lift Institute (ALI) Board of Directors replacing Jerry Lentz, of Challenger Lifts, who retired. Schanze, who is the immediate past chairman of the board, will serve the remainder of Lentz’s term. ALI will elect a new chairman to a full term at its annual meeting this fall.
The Iowa Automobile Dealers Foundation for Education awarded a $2,500 scholarship to Jordan Goslar of Mapleton. Mac’s Chevrolet in Mapleton recommended Goslar for the scholarship. Goslar, who also received a scholarship from the foundation in 2018, is currently enrolled as a GM ASEP student at Des Moines Area Community College.
I-70 Motorsports Park has set a grand opening date. Weather and construction delays had previously forced the cancellation of scheduled events in May, June, and July, at the facility. The first event is now set for Saturday, Aug. 17, and will feature ASCS Sprint Cars and Late Model stock cars on the dirt oval.
Legislation (S.B. 242) failed to pass before Missouri’s legislature. It would have allowed historic vehicles to be issued license plates without an annual mileage restriction. A historic vehicle is defined as being 25 years old or older, owned solely as a collector’s item and used only for exhibition and educational purposes. Currently, Missouri law limits such vehicles to 1,000 miles of personal driving per year and requires owners to keep a log of miles driven.
Woodhouse Parts Direct, in Omaha, recently held ACDelco training focused on vehicle lighting and access. Lee Hammler of Kansas City led the class which was attended by 27 local technicians. Lighting discussions included bulb monitoring, PWM lamp control, LED lighting, and vehicle lighting system diagnostics. Access topics included diagnostic strategies for liftgate, door locks, and window systems. Dinner was catered to participants. Woodhouse will be hosting more ACDelco training seminars this year. Contact Tricia Alexander for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org
CVSN (Commercial Vehicle Solutions Network) announced that 4 State Trucks, in Joplin, Mo., is the association’s newest member. “4 State Trucks is home of the Chrome Shop Mafia, committed to being the leader in the heavy-duty truck parts aftermarket industry by providing their customers with the widest selection of semi-truck parts at the best prices with the best-of-the-best customer service and fast shipping,” CVSN stated in a news release. “They intend to lead the industry by delivering the very best in truck designs and customization as well as constantly providing unique parts and accessories for big rigs.”
A hacker gained access to customer data at 130 dealerships, FTC has reported. DealerBuilt, an Iowa dealership software provider, reached a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over a 2016 breach of customer data that allowed a hacker to gain access to the personal information of about 12.5 million consumers stored by 130 dealership clients. The dealership management system provider agreed to a settlement with the FTC over the attack and will “take steps to better protect the data it collects,” the FTC stated.
Missouri S&T’s Formula Car team recently competed in Nebraska. A team of Missouri S&T students tested a Formula 1-style racecar that they designed and built against other universities as part of the Formula Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Lincoln competition. The event, a national student design competition sponsored by SAE International, was held June 19-22. The competition challenges students to design, build and operate small-scale Formula 1-style racecars. Missouri S&T’s Formula SAE Design Team competed against approximately 100 other teams from around the world.
The Great Car Show will be held at the National WWI Museum and Memorial in Kansas City on July 21. The fundraiser event features more than 400 cars, including a special invite-only area showcasing rare and unique cars. Presented by the Mercedes-Benz Dealers of Kansas City (Aristocrat Motors | Mercedes-Benz of Kansas City). Hours of the event are from 10 a.m –3 p.m. To register a car or buy tickets, visit www.thegreatcarshow.com