Northwest People & Places - July 2019
Fix Auto USA has announced the opening of its first member collision shops in the state, Fix Auto Coeur d’Alene and Fix Auto Post Falls. “Entering Idaho represents an exciting new frontier for our brand,” said Paul Gange, Fix Auto USA CEO. Operated by franchise partner David Tuttle, the locally owned shops now represent the fourth Northwest state with Fix autobody repair facilities. “Seeing the sophisticated Fix Auto USA operation and meeting the people that push the brand forward to create new opportunities for my businesses was overwhelmingly positive and impressive,” Tuttle said.
Landmark Ford in Tigard achieved Million Dollar Club status for 2018 diesel parts purchases. “This award recognizes Ford dealers nationwide whose diesel parts and engine purchases have exceeded $1 million, and this marks the 16th year that Landmark has been recognized as a Top 50 Diesel Growth Dealer or a member of the Million Dollar Plus Club,” said Jim Stevens, Northwest parts zone manager for Ford Power Stroke Diesel & Blue Diamond Truck Parts. The team is led by Parts Manager Dennis Goldammer and Assistant Parts Manager Steve Scheerer, along with the outside parts sales team of Rick Green, Bruce Anderson, Taurus Brown, Cliff White, and Ted Ivankovich.
The 59th annual Rose Cup Races will be July 12-14, at Portland International Raceway (PIR). Part of Portland’s annual Rose Festival, the Rose Cup Races draw international participants for more than two dozen race events over three days at PIR. Included are the World Challenge GT race (now rebranded as the Pirelli GT4 America Series), and the TC America Series that features touring cars. Considered one of the top race events in the West, the Rose Cup was the first-ever event held at PIR in 1961 and draws more than 6,000 spectators each year. For details, visit www.rosecup.com.
Petersen Collector Car Auctions, Oregon’s original and only Oregon-owned car auction, will stage its next event July 13, in Roseburg. The auction is part of Roseburg’s Graffiti Weekend July 10-14, that includes 22 various car shows, cruises, music venues, the auction, a swap meet, and other events throughout the greater Roseburg area. Thousands of car enthusiasts from western states attend Graffiti Weekend that was founded in 1982. For details on the auction, visit www.petersencollectorcars.com; for Graffiti Weekend information, visit www.graffitiweekend.com.
The 8th annual Salute to Veterans Car & Motorcycle Show takes place Aug. 10, at the Washington County Fair Complex in Hillsboro. The event, sponsored by the Multnomah Hot Rod Council and promoted by several automotive businesses in the greater Portland area, as well as the Northwest Automotive Trades Association (NATA), draws some 400 show cars, trucks, race cars, motorcycles, and military vehicles, and features special events, including a fly over and helicopter landing. Business sponsorships of various types are available until Aug. 1. Proceeds from the show benefit the Salvation Army Veteran & Family Center in Beaverton that houses some 80 families, as well as the Oregon Paralyzed Veterans of America chapter. To show a vehicle or support the project, visit www.salute-to-veterans-car-motorcycle-show.com, or contact event coordinator Lynn Kirwan at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 503-780-4679.
The 2019 Oregon Trail Rally (OTR), sponsored by DirtFish, was won by David Higgins and co-driver Craig Drew, the 10th win in 11 years for the Subaru Motorsports USA team driver. This year was Round 4 of the American Rally Association’s (ARA) Championship Series. With some 70 global entries, OTR began May 31, at Portland International Raceway with a pair of 3.2-mile special stages, then traversed to off-road areas around Mt. Hood, the Columbia River Gorge, and Goldendale, Wash. OTR was founded in 1984 and is one of three ARA championship rallies in the Northwest.
Kurt Garbe, 77, a longtime Portland shop owner, died May 29. For more than 40 years, Garbe owned and operated Esquire Motors in Southwest Portland. An authorized Bosch Service Center, the company was one of the first automotive repair shops in Portland to earn the Eco-Logical Business designation for its pollution prevention, recycling, and hazardous waste management practices. “Kurt shared countless hours over the decades as a dedicated board member of NATA,” said Cathi Webb, executive director of the Portland-based trade association. John Yoswick, a Portland-based industry writer, added, “Any time there was an association event or fundraiser, Kurt was always among the first to raise his hand and be there to help in any way.” For years, Garbe promoted and attended the Northwest Education Automotive Training (NEAT) benefit auctions in Portland, as well as other events that supported automotive education and the industry. Garbe was one of the first shop owners in the nation to earn the Accredited Automotive Manager (AAM) designation from the non-profit Automotive Management Institute (AMI), and continuously promoted other shops to obtain training and promote secondary and post-secondary automotive training programs. Over the years, Garbe and wife, Kathy, hosted exchange students from Germany. “He had a generous spirit and heart, inside and outside the automotive industry,” said Kathy Garbe. A celebration of Kurt’s life will be held Wednesday, July 17, from 3-7 p.m., at the Hoyt Aboretum’s Stevens Pavilion in Portland. Remembrances may be made to any automotive training scholarship fund in the region.
Mark Velez has joined the staff at the City of Renton fleet operation, said Fleet Manager Ron Kahler. Velez had served 14 years as the program coordinator at Shoreline Community College’s Professional Automotive Training Center. In his new position as fleet management technician, he will be responsible for parts purchasing and procurement, fuel purchasing and procurement, equipment maintenance data management, vendor relations, and other duties. Both serve on the board of trustees of the Vehicle Maintenance Management Conference (VMMC).
Randys Worldwide, based in Everett, has acquired Tailwind Capital, a private equity business. Randys Worldwide supplies a variety of aftermarket drivetrain related products under three brand names: Yukon Gear & Axle, U.S.A. Standard Gear, and Zumbrota Drivetrain. The company employs 200 team members across seven facilities the company operates.
The Hemmings Motor News 2019 Great Race concludes June 30, at Lemay-America’s Car Museum (ACM) in Tacoma. Dozens of classic racers and motor cars will have traveled from Riverside, Calif., to Tacoma in the nine-day time, speed, and endurance rally for vintage cars that offers a total purse of $150,000. Overnighting June 29 at the LeMay Family Collection in Spanaway, the race entrants are scheduled to arrive at ACM at 1:30 p.m. The vehicles will be on display the afternoon and evening of June 30 at the museum. For race details, visit www.greatrace.com.
John Breland, formerly with Freightliner Northwest, has joined Spokane-based Cobalt Truck Equipment as the lead for municipal sales. “The task assigned to me is to take Cobalt’s success in the private sector to the public municipal level where many of the buyers have the same needs as private companies, but have a markedly different manner in which they purchase equipment,” Breland said, adding he has spent some 40 years dealing with municipal equipment sales. He will oversee sales and mentor other staff at Cobalt’s four locations: Spokane; Nampa, Idaho; Las Vegas; and San Antonio, Texas. Breland has served on the board of trustees of the Vehicle Maintenance Management Conference (VMMC) for some 20 years.
The 39th annual Mustang Roundup, hailed as the world’s largest gathering of Ford Mustangs, is July 18-21, at Bellevue College. On Thursday, July 18, a High-Performance Driving Event takes place at Pacific Raceways in Kent, followed by weekend events that include a parking lot party at the Bellevue Red Lion Hotel, a Mustang Club of America (MCA) Regional Judged Show, a People’s Choice Show, vendor booths, and an All-Ford Picnic at the college. More than 1,200 Mustangs are expected to be on display. For details, visit www.mustangsnorthwest.com.
The Washington Association of Career & Technical Education (WACTE) has invited automotive professionals to attend its annual conference, Aug. 4-7, at the Davenport Hotel in Spokane. On Tuesday, a special off-site automotive training class will be offered, as well as two presentations by Walt Commans of ASE Education Foundation to secondary and post-secondary CTE instructors, councilors, and administrators. For information, contact Sarah Patterson at email@example.com.