This 1949 Hudson from Oregon, shown here on display at SEMA 2018, is one of the featured cars in the 2019 Sherwin-Williams shop calendar.Ken Scales celebrates 40 years at his Medford shop.Gay Brown has been named vice chairman of Industrial Finishes & Systems Inc, in Eugene.

Northwest People & Places - February 2019


     The Petersen Collector Car Auction will be Feb. 2, 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

     Ken Scales Auto Repair in Medford celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. Founder Ken Scales, a former jet engine mechanic in the U.S. Navy, remains at the AAA-Approved Auto Repair shop that is an Angie’s List Super Service Award winner. The shop has been at its current location since 1992.

     Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes has released its 2019 shop calendar that features a 1949 Hudson from Eckert’s Rod & Custom in Mololla. The Hudson, painted by Dave Eckert, is the featured car for March in the calendar. “The talent of Sherwin-Williams customers really came through in the submissions for the 2019 calendar,” said Rob Mowson, marketing vice president for Sherwin-Williams. Eckert’s Hudson has a Ultra 9K Basecoat using a waterborne refinish system, plus a CC220 Dynamic Clearcoat to create the final University Marron with Garthwaite Creme exterior color.

     Portland-based Northwest Automotive Trades Association (NATA) is celebrating its 105th anniversary in 2019. Founded in 1914 as the Pacific Automotive Trade Association (PATA), the name was changed to NATA in 2001 when PATA, the Oregon Autobody Craftsman Association (OACA), and the Automotive Service Association of Oregon (ASA-OR), merged. In 2006, the Oregon Automotive Parts Association (OAPA) merged into NATA. “The one thing that comes to mind is that it takes great purpose and great members that realize the benefits of an association such as NATA to survive for 105 years,” said Cathi Webb, NATA executive director. “NATA has obviously lasted this long by listening to our members and fulfilling their needs. The incredible board members and our directors, as well as the staff throughout the years, have guided the association to what it is today.”

Gay Brown has been named vice chairman of Eugene-based Industrial Finishes & Systems Inc. As the daughter of Industrial Finishes Chairman Stuart Barr, Brown grew up in the business and has held various positions at the privately-owned company that has operations throughout the U.S. which distribute automotive and industrial finishes to a wide customer base.



     The 45th annual Corvette & High Performance Meet takes place Feb. 9-10, at the Washington State Fair Events Center in Puyallup. Founded and operated by Larry and Karen Johnson, now with assistance from their daughter, Chris, there are 20,000 square feet of indoor activities in the Pavilion Building with a car show, Valve Cover Races, a Next Generation exhibition for those under 40, some of the 900-plus vendor booths, and more. Other booths and activities are housed in the adjacent Showplex Building. The event draws more than 8,500 attendees from British Columbia to California. For details, visit, or call the Johnsons at 360-786-8844.

     Swickard Auto Group of Lake Oswego, Ore., purchased  Mercedes-Benz of Seattle, Dec. 18. The longtime dealership was owned by Phil Smart from 1965 to 2011 when it was sold to Seattle dealer Al Monzajeb. An affiliate of Jeff Swickard and the Swickard Auto Group purchased the Mercedes-Benz of Seattle property for $37.2 million. The price for the actual dealership was not disclosed. Swickard now owns three Mercedes-Benz stores (Seattle; Wilsonville, Ore.; and South Atlanta, Ga.), Gresham Toyota, BMW of Eugene, and Sprinter of Wulsonville in Oregon, plus Epic Ford of Everett and Volvo of Seattle in Washington.

     The Spokane Auto Show takes place Feb. 15-17, 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.

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     The 2019 Early Bird Swap Meet, sponsored by the Tacoma Model T Club, takes place in Puyallup, Feb. 16-17. The non-profit club has won the prestigious “Eagle One” award several years running for being the most charitable car club in the U.S. Proceeds from the 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

     Tom Honnold has acquired the Interstate Batteries operation in Yakima from Bryan and Eileen Calamia. Known as Interstate Batteries of Apple Valley, the distributor markets a variety of battery products throughout a large area of central and eastern Washington. Honnold also operates Interstate Batteries of Boise in Idaho.

     Two tire stores north of Seattle have become the 19th and 20th Tire Pros outlets in Washington. The Shop Tire Pros in Arlington, owned by Ryan Berg, and Factory Direct Tire Pros in Edmonds, co-owned by Nash and Nina Alibhai, have each joined the group. Tire Pros is the largest network of independently-owned tire dealers with more than 725 locations in the U.S.

     Pete's Auto Repair in Ferndale celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2019. Founded by the late Pete Harksell Sr. in 1969, Pete Harksell Jr., AAM, and his wife Nita purchased the business in 1992. The AAA-Approved Repair facility has been a consistent AAA Top Shop, has received numerous automotive and local business awards that include being named the Ferndale Business of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce. Pete Harksell has twice been named the NAPA/ASE Technician of the Year for three states, and the pair were named the 2014 Outstanding Members of the Year by ASA Northwest. 


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