Georgia Seipel was inducted into the Sonoma Raceway Wall of Fame.In addition to 20 customer participants, more than 30 more Vaca Valley guests were treated to breakfast and lunch while enjoying the day’s “Get Dirty with Kenny” racing action.Steve Page, Gordon Blumenfeld and Ken Clapp came together to recreate a photo from the groundbreaking event at Sonoma Raceway’s 50th anniversary. In the background is a photo of the original event in 1968.

Northern California People & Places - September 2018

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

The three-bay car service, Fast Track Oil Change, has opened in Middleton, reports National Oil & Lube News. Middletown’s Store 24 owner Palani Velloo opened Fast Track Oil Change, adjacent to Store 24. It is the only car service nearby for residents in Middletown, Cobb and Hidden Valley Lake, and a drive-thru coffee shop, attached to Fast Track, is underway.

CAWA’s Annual Dinner Gala will be Oct. 28, in Las Vegas, at the Caesar’s Palace, the night before Industry Week. The keynote speaker will be Robert Cushing of Advance Auto Parts - Worldpac and the event will generate replenishment revenues for the association’s scholarship program. Contact Rodney Pierini, president and CEO with questions at 800-332-2292, ext. 1201, or admin@cawa.org.

Long-time Sonoma Raceway Drag Racing Manager Georgia Seipel was inducted into the Sonoma Raceway Wall of Fame during pre-race ceremonies for the Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals in July. Seipel, who retired earlier this year after a 30-year career in Sonoma, is the matriarch of the Seipel family, considered the First Family of drag racing in Northern California and known nationally for their contributions to the sport. Seipel has been involved in drag racing for more than 60 years, including 10 years as a drag racer (1976-1987) behind the wheel of a hot pink 1956 Austin-Healey, and 10 years managing Baylands Raceway in Fremont.

Fix Auto USA has announced additional Northern California expansion as F. Lofrano and Son joins the network with three San Francisco Bay Area locations. Fix Auto USA now operates 135 locations in eight states. The three locations are:

• Fix Auto 17th Street (San Francisco). Formerly F. Lofrano and Son–17th Street; operated by the Lofrano family

• Fix Auto Divisadero (San Francisco). Formerly F. Lofrano and Son–Divisadero; operated by the Lofrano family

• Fix Auto San Rafael (San Rafael). Formerly F. Lofrano and Son–San Rafael; operated by the Lofrano family

“We made the decision the join Fix Auto USA for one main reason: to gain the benefits of a nationally recognized brand all while maintaining complete ownership of our shops,” said F. Lofrano and Son President Tony Lofrano.

Customers of Federated member Vaca Valley Auto Parts participated in a “Get Dirty with Kenny” dirt track driving experience. The “Get Dirty with Kenny” event was held at the Antioch Speedway in Antioch in July. This is the second time Vaca Valley has hosted a “Get Dirty with Kenny” experience for its customers and potential customers. In addition to 20 customer participants, more than 30 more Vaca Valley guests were treated to breakfast and lunch while enjoying the day’s racing action. “As usual, Kenny Schrader and his crew were first class with our customers. Kenny has such a great personality that he makes everyone feel at ease and makes sure they all have the time of their lives,” said Traci Taylor, sales manager for Vaca Valley Auto Parts.

Sonoma Raceway and key figures from the founding of then-Sears Point Raceway came together in August to mark the 50th anniversary of the facility’s ceremonial groundbreaking, which was celebrated on Aug. 14, 1968. Sonoma Raceway President and General Manager Steve Page, Gordon Blumenfeld, a member of the raceway’s founding group, and Ken Clapp, an original raceway executive, came together to recreate a photo from the groundbreaking event utilizing the original shovel used that day 50 years ago. Both Blumenfeld and Clapp attended the 1968 groundbreaking ceremony.

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