Northwest People & Places - August 2018
The Lewiston Hot August Nights car event and concerts takes place Aug. 23-25, in downtown Lewiston. The three-day event features two classic car and motorcycle Show n’ Shines, a Les Schwab Sports Truck & 4x4 Show, multiple music events, and food booths. The largest event of its kind in the region, the Show n’ Shines and truck show draw local, regional, and national car enthusiasts for judged shows. For details, visit www.lewistonhan.com.
The 55th annual Ignite the Nites is set for Aug. 16-18, in Libby. This is the largest car event in Western Montana that draws hundreds of antiques, rods, classics, sports and muscle cars, trucks, modifieds, and more. Included are poker runs, cruises, judged car shows, flame throwers, live music and more. The annual gathering is presented by Igniters Car Club, the oldest active car club in Montana formed in 1961. For event details, visit www.igniterscarclub.com.
Mecum Auction’s third annual collector car auction in Portland netted $8.6 million in sales for the June 22-23 event. The top two sellers were a 2005 Ford GT with just under 2,800 miles ($214,500) and a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro RS/SS Pro Touring Coupe ($176,000). One of the more unique sales in the top 10 was a 1950 Chevrolet COE flatbed truck that sold for $104,500, slightly more than it sold for in 1950.
The 47th annual All-Ford Picnic & Car Show will be Aug. 11, at the Champoeg State Park in St. Paul. The event is sponsored by the Mid-Willamette Valley Regional Group #9 of the Early Ford V-8 Club of America. For details, visit www.earlyfordv8rg9.org.
Portland International Raceway is hosting the Grand Prix of Portland - Verizon IndyCar Series Aug. 30-Sept. 1. Part of a nationwide racing program, this televised race replaces the annual event at the Watkins Glen, N.Y., track. It is the only IndyCar race in the Northwest and is expected to sell out to crowds from British Columbia to Northern California. For details, visit www.portlandraceway.com.
The Washington Association of Career & Technical Education (WACTE) has invited auto industry professionals to attend its state conference in August. Sarah Patterson, program supervisor for Skilled & Technical Sciences for the state’s Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, said she has scheduled Walt Commans of ASE to address CTE instructors and administrators, Aug. 6-7, and would like automotive industry professionals to attend either session and interface with education professionals. Contact Patterson for details at email@example.com, or call Commans at 714-875-9011.
The Car People Agency, based in Kirkland, has announced a new program to assist repair shop owners locate potential buyers. Dave DeMontigny, who became the owner of Car People last September after 20 years as a placement counselor with the company, said the new service provides qualified candidates to shop owners who are contemplating retirement. Extensive background checks and financial guidance are included in the service. Since 1986, the Car People Agency has placed thousands of people in open positions at dealerships, independent repair and collision shops, and parts outlets.
Glenn MacMillan, owner of Bellevue Auto Electric, is the new president of the ASA Northwest Sno-King South Unit. The former mechanical chair of the unit, he was sworn in at the June 14 meeting of the group held at Swedish Automotive in West Seattle, co-owned by Todd Ainsworth, outgoing unit president. Both have been active in various ASA affairs, including building relationships with South Seattle College automotive programs. The Sno-King Unit is split north (more Snohomish County) and south (King County) with meetings in the greater Everett area and greater Seattle region respectively.
Benefiting the American Heart Association, the Hot Rods 4 Hearts Car Show takes place Aug. 5 in Tacoma. The annual event is held at Griot’s Garage Store & Events Center where dozens of automotive gatherings are held each year. For details, visit www.hotrods4hearts.com
The annual ASA Northwest Golf Tournament is set for Aug. 8 at Eagle’s Pride Golf Course in DuPont. The event includes lunch, raffle prizes, a “hole-in-one” contest to win a car, an awards dinner banquet, and more. For details, visit www.asanorthwest.com.
The 41st annual LeMay Car Show takes place at the LeMay Collections at Marymount Aug. 25in East Tacoma. Harold and Nancy LeMay amassed the world’s largest antique and vintage car collection (1997 Guinness Book of World Records) of more than 1,900 vehicles at the 100-acre Marymount site that was a military academy from 1923-1975. The annual LeMay show draws thousands of auto enthusiasts from around the world to view some 1,500 assorted cars and trucks from antiques to hot rods. Also taking place at Marymount Aug.25-26 is the Lucky Collector Car Auction. For details on the show or auction, visit www.lemaymarymount.org. Several of the LeMay family collector cars are also on display at America's Car Museum in downtown Tacoma.
The annual ASA Northwest Family Fun Night at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma will be Aug. 23. This family-oriented event draws some 100 ASA member shops to an evening of baseball with the Tacoma Rainiers playing the Reno Aces. It includes an all-you-can-eat barbecue buffet, plus beverage service, all in a private deck area just off the playing field. For details, call 253-473-6970, or visit www.asanorthwest.com.
Spokane County Fair & Expo Center will be the site for the 17th Goodguys Great Northwest Nationals Aug. 17-18. This event features more than 1,500 rods, customs, classics, muscle cars, and trucks through 1987; a hot rod cruise; a Show n’ Shine; an indoor car show; a Nitro Thunderfest Dragster Exhibition; model and pedal car show; a swap meet; vendor booths; food booths; live music and more. For details, visit www.good-guys.com/events.
ASA Northwest staged its Semi-annual Retreat & Management Conference at the Red Lion Hanford House Richland in late June. The event included a golf tournament, mechanical/collision roundtables, general business session, an AMI-approved seminar by Dan Gilley of RLO, hospitality suites, Ascettes fun event, outdoor barbecue dinner, a three-hour Cool Desert Nights car cruise adjacent to the hotel, and more. Todd Black, AMAM, co-owner of Unlimited Service in Bellingham and a national general director of ASA, provided an update on national affairs at the Saturday luncheon. Sarah Patterson of the Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction addressed both the ASA board meeting and general business session on matters relating to Career & Technical Education programs. The next ASA Northwest retreat will be Jan. 24-27, in Leavenworth, Wash.