Northwest People & Places - February 2018
The Petersen Collector Car Auction will be Feb. 3, at the Oregon State Fairgrounds in Salem. Oregon’s original and only Oregonian-owned vehicle auction is one of the most popular on the West Coast. For details, visit www.petersencollectorcars.com.
Two new automotive related programs at high schools in Oregon have begun according to the Northwest Automotive Trades Association (NATA). A Small Engine Repair program at Lebanon High School and an Automotive Service Technology program at Roseburg High School are under way. In addition, NATA has reported that the World of Speed, based in Wilsonville, is now offering automotive technology classes to several area school districts, including West Linn/Wilsonville, Lake Oswego, North Marion, Sherwood, Tualatin, Canby, and Newberg.
Icahn Automotive Group announced it has purchased two Seattle-based automotive facilities. Honest Auto Service, a single shop location, and Elliott Tire & Service, a 10-store operation with nine Seattle-area shops plus a Yakima location, have become part of the Southfield, Mich.,-based Icahn, which operates nearly 2,000 owned and franchised service centers in 49 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. Ichan and it parent company operate service brands that include Pep Boys, Precision Auto Tune, and American Driveline Systems (franchiser of AAMCO and Cottman Transmission Centers). They also own Auto Plus and Federal-Mogul Motorsports that includes a number of OE and aftermarket brands of auto parts.
America’s Automotive Trust (AAT), based in Tacoma, and the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), began its 10-day “The Drive Home III: Driving the Future” (TDH III) on Jan. 3, in Boca Raton, Fla., en route to the Detroit Auto Show. Previously, The Drive Home series focused on vintage cars, but for 2018 some newer vehicles were included in the 2,200 mile run, including a 2014 Triumph Thruxton from AAT and a 2018 GMC Terrain support vehicle from GM. LeMay-America’s Car Museum (ACM) participated with a 1972 Chevy El Camino, RPM Foundation with a 1969 Chevy Camaro SS Sport Coupe, Club Auto/Hagerty with a 1962 International Travelette, and Concours Club/MFD Classic Motors a 1959 Plymouth Fury. ACM, RPM, Club Auto, and Concours Club are all entities of AAT. TDH III is an effort to promote America's automobile heritage and NAIAS.
Todd Black, co-owner of two Unlimited Service repair shops in Bellingham, is a candidate for a Mechanical Division director position on the Automotive Service Association (ASA) national board of directors. Long involved in ASA Northwest (ASA-NW) affairs, he served 12 years on the ASA-NW board as secretary, treasurer, chairman-elect, and chairman. In 2007, Black was named the Outstanding Member of the Year by ASA-NW. In addition to regional involvement, he has been active with the Whatcom/Skagit Unit of ASA-NW and has served in several positions within the group, including president. A community activist, Black has also served on the advisory council of Bellingham Community College’s Automotive Technology program. Voting for ASA members begins Feb. 15, and ends March 15.
The 44th annual Corvette & High Performance Meet takes place Feb. 10-11, at the Washington State Fair Events Center in Puyallup. Founded and operated by Larry and Karen Johnson, now with assistance from their daughter, Chris, the meet features more than 900 booths, an indoor car show, valve cover races, and more. The event draws vendors and attendees from British Columbia to California. A public sneak preview is Saturday afternoon with a full day of activities on Sunday. For details, visit www.corvettehp.com, or call the Johnsons at 360-786-8844.
The Spokane Auto Show takes place Feb. 9-11, at the Spokane County Fair & Expo Center in Spokane. Hundreds of new cars, trucks, SUVs, minivans, and special vehicles will be on display at the Inland Northwest’s largest auto show.
For details, visit www.spokaneautoshow.com.
The 2018 Early Bird Swap Meet, sponsored by the Tacoma Model T Club, takes place in Puyallup, Feb. 17-18. The non-profit club has won the prestigious “Eagle One” award for three years for being the most charitable car club in the U.S. Proceeds from event, held at the Washington State Fair Events Center, benefit a variety of greater Tacoma charities and food banks, as well as annual scholarships for students seeking careers in the automotive service and repair field. The event features more than 1,000 booths from vendors in all Western states and Western Canada providing parts for all antique and collectible vehicles. For details, visit www.earlybirdswap.org.
Spokane Valley-based KC Auto Paint has merged with the Wesco Group Inc., based in Lynnwood. KC opened its first store in Spokane in 1978 under the direction of Bob Cross and has since grown to include three PBE warehouses, three equipment divisions, and 20 store locations in Arizona, Idaho, Montana, Utah, and Washington. Cross has agreed to join the Wesco Group as a principal partner and assist in the management of various business units. “We are exited to welcome the KC family of businesses,” said Lloyd White, president of Wesco Group. “The combined synergies of these two companies will benefit our customers, our employees, and our vendors alike.” Wesco now operates 61 store locations in 10 western states, as well as seven distribution centers and six equipment division. It is now the largest privately owned automotive paint distributor in the U.S.
James M. Edwards, 76, of Bellevue, also known as “Eastside Ed,” died recently. Born in Louisiana, his family moved to Seattle when he was an infant. Edwards began working for William Calder, founder of Eastside Transmission, shortly after the business began in 1962 and purchased the repair facility in 1980 with Mike Brown, who started his own business in 1990. As owner of Eastside Transmission, Edwards was a community activist for decades, including the Kiwanis community outreach programs and the Auto Angels program (donation of service and repair to those in need) through Bellevue Presbyterian Church.
Daniel Morgan “Dan” Flanagan, 90, of Seattle, one of the Northwest’s most prominent industry leaders, died in early January. Born in Utah, he graduated from the University of Portland with a degree in journalism and worked for Dell Publishing prior to beginning his automotive career in Seattle with car dealerships. In 1956 he opened a service station and later operated the repair segment for Seattle’s Yellow Cab Co. He then purchased a building at 12th and Madison on Capitol Hill and operated Flanagan Automotive until his retirement in 1983.
A major supporter of ASE since its inception in 1972, Flanagan became the Western region field rep for ASE after selling his shop, working tirelessly to promote technician certification until his retirement in 2011. In 1958, he was instrumental in the formation of the Independent Garage Owners (IGO) of Seattle, and in 1959 was one of six statewide shop owners to form IGO of Washington (later ASC of Washington, now ASA Northwest). He served as ASC WA president in 1978 and served for two terms (1981-82 and 1982-83) as the national mechanical chairman of ASC.
Flanagan served on more than a dozen automotive education boards during his career, including Northwest college automotive technology advisory councils, VICA (now SkillsUSA), was a founding board member of ITEC, and served on the board of trustees of the Vehicle Maintenance Management Conference for more than 25 years. He was honored with more than two dozen local, regional, and national awards, including the 1981 ASC WA Outstanding Member of the Year Award, the 1992 Industry Leader of the Year Award from the Northwest Automotive Boosters, the 2004 Lifetime Achievement Award from ASA national, and the ASE Industry Service Award in 2011.
He was also active with the Automotive Hall of Fame, Automotive Old Timers, National Car Care Month, and other trade organizations. For many years, Flanagan published The MANIFOLD and the The Oregon MANIFOLD, trade journals for repair shops that merged with the Northwest Edition of Parts & People in 2002. A proud Irishman, Flanagan and his family were part of Seattle’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade for decades and in 2013 he and wife, Joan, were the honorary grand marshals of the parade.
Funeral services were held Jan. 20, at St. Matthews Parish in Seattle where the Flanagan’s were founding members.