Northwest People & Places - March 2018
The 46th annual Boise Roadster Show, sponsored by O’Reilly Auto Parts, will be March 9-11, at Expo Idaho in Boise with Chip Foose, one of the nation’s leading designers and builders, as the show’s special guest. The event is a Western Division Summit Show Car Series stop, and children can meet Spiderman on Saturday and Sunday. Top prize for the “Best of the Best” award is $2,000 cash. For details, visit www.firebirdonline.com.
Land Rover Boise is one of 16 U.S. retailers awarded the Land Rover Pinnacle Award for excellence in dealership operations. The Boise store was the only Land Rover dealer in the Northwest to receive the award for customer advocacy, sales, and aftersales.
House Bill 4087 that affects bonding related to motor vehicle liens has passed in the Oregon Legislature. Originally HB 3322, the bill mandates that a business must have a minimum $20,000 bond prior to attaching or claiming a lien on a vehicle. The bill did not pass in the 2017 session due to input from industry, including the Northwest Automotive Trades Association (NATA). With the assistance of NATA’s lobbyist, Darrell Fuller, NATA members were able to have input in the rewrite of the bill. “NATA was not pleased that this popped up again as this issue has appeared before the legislature every year for some 20 years,” said Cathi Webb, NATA executive director. “We knew it would eventually pass so we had a work group that rewrote the bill so it would be as fair as possible. NATA is happy with the rewrite of the bill as the original one had much harsher parameters for our members.”
View the bill content on the Oregon Legislature website (www.oregonlegislature.gov), or contact NATA (503-253-9898) for details on the bill.
A High Performance Engine Theory & Design workshop will be held Saturday, March 10, at the World of Speed training center in Wilsonville. The class, sponsored by WORLDPAC, will be instructed by WTI Technical Training Instructor Allen Osborne, an ASE-certified Master Technician. For details and registration, visit www.worldofspeed.org/adult-education.
The Roseburg Benefit Indoor Classic Car Show take place March 10-11, at the Douglas County Fairgrounds. Sponsored by Umpqua Flatheads Car Club and Stray Angels Car Club, the event proceeds benefit local charities. For details, visit www.strayangelscarclub.com, or call 541-817-5044.
The 54th Portland Swap Meet, the West Coast’s largest auto parts event, will be April 6-8, at the Portland Expo Center. Sponsored by NAPA Auto Parts, the meet is presented by six Portland area antique car clubs and features more than 3,500 vendors’ stalls and attracts 35,000 attendees. It runs in conjunction with the nearby Portland International Raceway Auto Swap Meet, April 5-7. Visit www.portlandswapmeet.com for details.
The annual 4x4 Off Road & Performance Swap Meet is March 11, at the Washington State Fair & Events Center in Puyallup. The event, sponsored by the Moonshiners Jeep Club, has some 800 vendor booths and draws some 10,000 attendees to the benefit meet. Moonshiners was established in 1971 and the proceeds from the meet support automotive scholarships and more than a dozen charitable organizations, including Mary Bridge Hospital Children’s Hospital, March of Dimes, American Cancer Society, and Tacoma Rescue Mission, among others. For meet details, visit www.thefair.com.
Competition Specialties Inc. (CSI) stages its annual Mega Show, March 3-4, at its Auburn headquarters. The event features more than 130 manufacturers with more than 3,500 jobbers attending from Western states. CSI is the West’s largest wholesale distributor specializing in high performance parts and off-road accessories for cars, trucks, and SUVs. For details, visit www.compspecialties.com.
Seattle Automotive Distributing (SAD), based in Auburn, is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year. Founded in Seattle in 1983 by Paul and Karen TeGantvoort, the business sprang from the purchase of the Huletz Auto Electric parts department. Today, SAD has seven distribution centers from Bellingham to Olympia, employs some 125 personnel, markets 44 product lines, and operates more than 80 parts and battery delivery vehicles. Son Ted TeGantvoort currently handles daily operations at SAD, while his sister, Shannon Barnes, PHR, handles human resources at the company. Steve Paulsen is the longtime sales manager.
Auto Care Experts in Yakima has been named one of five 2017 Top Shops in the nation by ACDelco. Each shop is a participant in the ACDelco Professional Service Center program (PSC) and have excelled in prioritizing customer service, building teams that operate state-of-the-art facilities, and showcase leadership within their communities. Owned by Doug Widhalm, the PSC shop received an all-expense paid trip to the 2017 AAPEX show in Las Vegas plus a day of high-performance driving at the Ron Fellows performance Driving School at Spring Mountain Motorsports Resort. “The top shop program recognizes the shops that raise the bar through excellent workmanship, investment in training, community outreach, and more,” said Heather Waszczenko, national brand manager for ACDelco.
Jet Chevrolet in Federal Way recently awarded six trips to Las Vegas to three Northwest shops in the dealership’s Powertrain Sweepstakes program. Barrett Transmission in Bellingham was the Golden Ticket winner for purchasing 10 eligible powertrain assemblies from July 1 to Dec. 31, last year and received two $550 travel vouchers. Cooper’s Auto Repair Specialists in Tacoma and Puyallup Transmission were winners in the general drawing for shops that purchased engines, transmissions, and transfer cases during the contest period. The two shops also received two each $550 travel vouchers, said Steve Haase, parts manager at Jet the past 40 years who designed the sweepstakes program. “This was an exciting promotion because of our parts counter people were praised by our customers for their assistance in handling the sweepstakes so well and making it a fun program,” he said. Jet, the only GM full-line powertrain dealer in Western Washington, services independent repair facilities from the Canadian border to Vancouver, Wash.
While the state has had license plates for collector cars for years, a new bill allows for personalized collector car plates. SB 6009 passed the Senate Feb. 9 with zero nay votes, and as of press time the bill was expected to do the same in the House. The bill states a motor vehicle or travel trailer 30 years or older may apply for the special plates for a one-time fee of $52. Currently collector car plates have a five-number designation.