Sonoma Raceway hosted 88 high school and college teams to compete for the title of most fuel-efficient vehicle.Monro has signed an agreement to acquire Certified Tire & Service Centers.Kathy Mello, CEO of TGIF Body Shop, is a WIN honoree.

Northern California People & Places - May 2019


San Francisco-based Lyft announced it will open its own repair shops nationwide, offering deep discounts on things such flat tire fixes, brake work and oil changes, and provide free bank accounts in a bid to attract and retain drivers, according to a CNN report. The first repair shop opened in April in San Francisco. It expects to open more in a number of major cities in the second half of the year. CNN stated that Lyft said it can make its auto service centers more efficient than existing repair shops with modern manufacturing techniques, and many repairs don't require vehicles to be in a garage stall and on a raised on a lift. Instead, it will feature an assembly line system similar to a NASCAR pit stop, staffed by technicians who are Lyft employees.

Legislation (A.B. 210) to exempt motor vehicles manufactured prior to the 1983 model-year from the state’s emissions-inspection requirement was removed from consideration by the bill’s author in order to build additional support for the measure. Current law requires the biennial emissions testing for all 1976-and-newer model-year vehicles. The bill had been scheduled for a hearing in the Assembly Transportation Committee on March 25. The legislation will now be eligible for reconsideration by the California legislature in 2020.

Make the Future Live California featuring Shell Eco-marathon Americas drew more than 1,000 students to Sonoma Raceway to compete for the title of most fuel-efficient vehicle. A total of 88 high school and college teams from across the Americas including Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico and the U.S., participated in the competition, in two vehicle classes, Prototype and UrbanConcept. Numerous awards were given and the winning schools will compete in the Drivers’ World Championship to be held at the Make the Future Live event in London, UK, July 1-5.

The CAN Connect Conference will be in Frisco, Texas, Sept. 8-11. The three-day Custom Automotive Network (CAN) event is an opportunity to network and development new business opportunities, and will feature private one-on-one meetings. For more information and to register, email or call 760-346-5647.

Dan Ninivaggi, CEO of Icahn Automotive Group, will keynote CAWA’s Annual Dinner Gala in Las Vegas the Sunday night before AAPEX/SEMA, Nov. 3, 2019. The Icahn Automotive Group was formed by Icahn Enterprises, which also owns Federal Mogul Motorparts, to invest in and operate businesses involved in aftermarket parts distribution and service. All proceeds will go toward CAWA’s scholarship programs. For more information, contact

Monro has announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire California-based Certified Tire & Service Centers. The acquisition includes Certified Tire’s 40 retail stores located in San Francisco, San Diego and Los Angeles, and one distribution center located in Riverside. The acquisition represents entry into a new state for Monro and expands the company’s geographic footprint to the West Coast. Monro will continue to operate all of Certified Tire’s locations. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2020, and add approximately $45 million in annualized sales, representing a sales mix of 70 percent service and 30 percent tires.

Kathy Mello, CEO of TGIF Body Shop, in Fremont, is a Women’s Industry Network’s (WIN) 2019 honoree for the Most Influential Women award. The MIW is presented to those who have notable achievements in the collision repair industry in 2019.

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