Students will put their purpose-built race cars to the test at Sonoma Raceway’s Toyota/Save Mart 350 weekend, June 22.NC-PnP-3.jpg Martin Senour Paints has announced June classes in Reno.

Northern California People & Places - June 2019


Two Paradise residents were presented vehicles to provide them reliable transportation by the National Auto Body Council’s Recycled Rides following the wildfires that destroyed the region. Duane’s Body Shop, in Sacramento, and Fabian’s Collision Center, in Stockton, helped refurbish the vehicles. Contributing partners on the program are Maita Subaru, Pacific Rims, Inc., Sanctioned Motor Sports and 800 Charity Cars.

During its annual Legislative Fly-In Day in April in Sacramento, ASCCA presented California State Assembly member Evan Low (D-Silicon Valley) with its Legislator of the Year Award in recognition of his support for ASCCA and the independent automotive repair industry. Elected to the Legislature in 2014, Assemblymember Low chairs the powerful Business and Professions Committee, which oversees the Department of Consumer Affairs and its licensing agencies, including the Bureau of Automotive Repair.

The CAWA Summer Educational Forumwill be at The Goodland Hotel, in Goleta, June 20-21. The two-day educational forum is for its board of directors, manufacturers advisory council, general membership, YANG membership and industry guests. Attendees will hear industry experts provide insight and critical thinking on topics that affect the automotive parts industry. For more information, contact Janet Waldie at or 916-284-5094.

More than 900 North Bay students from 45 classrooms and clubs will take part in the 6th annual STEM Race Car Challenge at Sonoma Raceway. The curriculum-based program focuses on educating students about the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and culminates at the Toyota/Save Mart 350 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series event, June 22. Groups of student engineers have been tasked with developing a gravity-powered race car utilizing recycled materials. 

O’Reilly Auto Parts is offering two tickets for $99 for NASCAR in Sonoma. NASCAR fans can pick up tickets to the Toyota/Save Mart 350 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series event at Sonoma Raceway at local O’Reilly Auto Parts stores. There are more than 300 Northern California O’Reilly Auto Parts locations.

Electra Meccanica Vehicles Corp., a designer and manufacturer of electric vehicles, has received approval to participate in the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project, which will provide consumers who purchase a new SOLO EV in California with a $900 per vehicle rebate. The Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP) promotes clean vehicle adoption by offering rebates for the purchase or lease of new, eligible zero-emission vehicles.

California has raised to $500,000 the amount of sales remote retailers must make before being obligated to collect state sales tax. It had been $100,000 or 200 transactions as of April 1. The tax collection requirement stems from the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2018 “South Dakota vs. Wayfair” decision allowing states to require remote retailers to collect sales taxes even when they have no physical presence in the state.

Martin Senour Paints has announced classes in “Color Adjustment and Blending,” June 17, and “Painter Certification,” June 19 in Reno. The classes will provide procedures, theory and application for optimal shop experience and for refinish technicians and paint specialists to assist their knowledge about new products and how-to maximize color application. All participants will receive personal safety equipment, as well as product and color training materials for use and future reference. For more information, visit or call 1-800-526-6704.

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