Northwest People & Places - June 2019
Paul Danenberg, 21, of Boise will be one of 20 U.S. representatives participating at the Aug. 22-27, World Skills Competition in Kazan, Russia. He is a graduate of the Automotive Technology program at the College of Southern Idaho and is a previous SkillsUSA Idaho state winner in Automotive Technology, and he won that national title in 2017. In 2016, he was awarded the Mitchell 1 Automotive Technology Outstanding Student award at the 43rd annual North American Council of Automotive Teachers conference and was given a $2,500 scholarship. Danenberg, who will compete in Automotive Technology, and two other Idaho competitors are the only West Coast representatives of the 20 previous national category winners who will compete. WorldSkills is staged every two years.
The Idaho Rally International (IRI) is set for June 22-23, in the Boise National Forest, Idaho City, and Placerville areas. The fifth round of the nine American Rally Association (ARA) Championship Series, it is the third ARA rally in the Northwest (Round 3 Olympus in Washington and Round 4 Oregon Trail Rally). It will be the second year IRI is a national event. For details, visit www.americanrally association.org, or www.idahorally.org.
The largest auto event in the Idaho Panhandle is the Car d’ Lane Classic Car Weekend set for June 14-15, in Coeur d’Alene. More than 1,800 classics, rods, customs, and more take over downtown Friday night for hours of cruising with thousands of spectators lining the streets to watch. The Red Hot Mamas Rock n’ Roll Show is also a Friday night feature. Saturday is a massive Show n’ Shine and a Silver Collector Car Auction. Visit www.cdadowntown.com.
The Western Antique, Aeroplane, & Automobile Museum (WAAAM), based in Hood River, is hosting an overnight leg of the 2019 Great Race, June 28, at its new Vancouver, Wash., location. The Great Race will begin in Riverside, Calif., June 22 and end June 30 at LeMay-America’s Car Museum in Tacoma. The Northwest Automotive Trades Association (NATA) is working with WAAAM to collect donations and provide volunteers for the Friday night stop in Vancouver. Funds will help offset the costs to feed some 500 people, and volunteers will serve as parking guides for race and support vehicles. For details on the race and its other stops in Oregon and Washington, visit www.greatrace.com. To donate or volunteer, call NATA at 503-253-9898.
Mecum Auctions will present its 2019 Portland collector car auction, June 21-22, at the Portland Expo Center. The fourth annual Mecum auction in the Rose City, several hundred collector vehicles will be on the block this year. In 2018, Mecum sold 286 total vehicles in Portland for $8.6 million. The big seller was a 2005 Ford GT that sold for $214,500. Mecum will present 11 auctions this year, including a motorcycle auction in Monterey, Calif., in August, and a tractor auction in Davenport, Iowa, in November.
ASA Northwest (ASA-NW) will stage its Summer Retreat & Management Conference, June 27-30, at the Clearwater Resort & Casino in Suquamish. The event includes a Thursday golf outing, Friday morning general business session and evening mechanical/collision roundtable, a Saturday morning AMI-approved seminar covering social media marketing, followed by a luncheon that includes an ASA national update report, a Saturday evening outdoor dinner, an Ascettes auction, plus hospitality suites each night. For complete details and registration firm, visit www.asanorthwest.com, or call 253-473-6970.
Savannah Morgan, a student at Walla Walla Community College, is one of nine students nationwide to receive a $1,000 scholarship from the Women’s Industry Network (WIN) to continue her post-secondary education. A collision technology student, she said she is proud to be a female autobody technician and her goal is to own a collision repair shop with her boyfriend who is also in the industry. Morgan is involved in several charities, including Homes for Troops and Odd Fellow Care Facility.
Mullen Technologies Inc., a California-based company, will build a 1.3 million-square-foot facility near Spokane to build the Chinese Qiantu K50 sports car. The K50 features two electric motors that produces 402 HP and 0-60 MPH speed in 4.2 seconds. Licensing agreements state that Qiantu will supply Mullen vehicle components for final assembly of the K50 models for the U.S. market. Initial start-up jobs at the plant will be 55 with a total of more than 860 employees expected by 2026. Mullen may also move some R&D functions to Spokane, potentially bringing employment to 3,000.
Results of the SkillsUSA post-secondary state contests reveal the following winners (Gold) who will compete at the SkillsUSA National Leadership & Skills Competition, June 24-28, in Louisville, Ky:
- Automotive Service Technology, Caleb Bagwell, Shoreline Community College
- Diesel Equipment Technology, Michele Wood, Spokane Community College
- Motorcycle Service Technology, Kevin Neill, Bates Technical College, Tacoma
- Automotive Refinish Technology, Ricardo Aguilar, Walla Walla Community College
Four students from Shoreline Community College (SCC), including three from the Toyota T-TEN training program, competed at the state Automotive Technology competition taking first, third, fourth, ninth places. It was the first time SCC had participated in SkillsUSA.
ASA-NW, headquartered in Lakewood and founded by six shop owners, is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. “ASA-NW went from presenting large trade shows with limited training to now focusing on education and training with our Automotive Training Expo (ATE) in Seattle, and later this year our first ATE event in Spokane. We’re also addressing the shortage of technicians with our newly state-approved ITAC apprenticeship program,” said Jeff Lovell, AMAM, president and executive director of ASA-NW. In total, ASA-NW is involved with the Automotive Education Outreach Program with more than 100 schools.
Barry McKenna and Leon Jordan of McKenna Motorsport won the 2019 DirtFish Olympus Rally staged out of Shelton and surrounding areas. The team drives a 2011 Ford Fiesta and Olympus marks the second close win over Subaru teams this season, including the 100 Acre Wood Rally in Missouri staged in March.
The Spokane Festival of Speed, presented by SOVREN, will take place June 7-9, at Spokane County Raceway. Datsun will be the featured marque for the 2019 festival that begins with a Test-N-Tune event Friday, followed by the Festival Race Car Tour (public-road run) from the Speedway to downtown Spokane. On Saturday, dozens of vintage racers will run the short 1.74-mile course, with the full 2.4-mile track being run on Sunday. Spokane’s Paul Jaremko, whose Datsun was the first SCCA winning Datsun in the U.S., will have that vehicle at the Festival of Speed. For complete details, visit www.sovrenracing.org.
Tammie Hendrick has joined the Northwest Tire Dealers Association (NWTDA), based in Kennewick. She will serve as COO overseeing membership growth; retro, workers comp; and labor issues in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho, as well as developing human resource manuals for members. Richard “Dick” Nordness, longtime NWTDA executive director, remains with the association.
Gov. Jay Inslee signed HB 2042 in May that reinstates tax breaks for electric and alternate-fueled vehicles and charging infrastructure. The state’s sales tax breaks on EVs and plug-in hybrids expired last June. The new tax incentives, which begin Aug. 1, provide a rebate of up to $2,500 on a new EVs priced under $45,000, and $1,600 on applicable vehicles priced under $30,000. The state has set a goal of having 50,000 clean-fuel vehicles on the road by 2020. HB 2042 was passed seeking to reduce carbon emissions in the state and Pacific Northwest, legislators said.