Northwest People & Places - May 2019
Results of the state SkillsUSA contests reveal the following winners who will compete at the SkillsUSA National Leadership & Skills Competition, June 24-28, in Louisville, Ky.:
• Automotive Service Technology, Thomas Oatman, Kodiak High School
• Diesel Equipment Technology, Caleb Tabios, King Tech High School, Anchorage
• Power Equipment Technology, Benjamin Hager, Colony High School, Palmer
• Diesel Hydraulics (Alaska state contest only), Eli Smith, Mat-Su Career & Tech High School, Wasilla
SkillsUSA national contests involve some 90 competitions in various fields at the high school and post-secondary levels. The 55th annual event this year will draw some 18,000 students, teachers, and business partners.
The 34th annual Lost in the 50s Car Show is May 17-19, in Sandpoint. The largest civic event in this northern Idaho town includes a weekend long Rock n’ Roll Heaven concert, a vintage car parade and street dance in downtown, plus car shows in downtown and Bonner County Fairgrounds. The event draws vintage, classic, and custom cars from throughout the West. For details, visit www.sandpoint.org/lostin50s/.
DirtFish Rally School & Motorsport Team, based in Snoqualmie, Wash., will be the title sponsor for the Oregon Trail Rally (OTR), May 31-June 2. They were also the title sponsor for the Olympus Rally in Washington in late April (results of that race in our June edition), both of which are sanctioned American Rally Association (ARA) championship events. OTR is the only three-day rally in the ARA season and has stages that begin at Portland International Raceway, May 31, and head to rugged off-road sites near Mt. Hood for Saturday and Sunday stages. The world’s top rally drivers will participate in OTR that attracts thousands of spectators who can watch the rally from dozens of viewpoints. For details on OTR, visit www.oregontrailrally.com.
The 37th annual Spring Classic car show in Portland, sponsored by Portland Transmission Warehouse (PTW), is set for May 11. The first Spring Classic had just 28 vehicles on display, but the event has grown to be one of the largest car shows in the region with more than 600 antique, classic, custom, hot rod, truck, motorcycle, and specialty vehicles being exhibited each year. For details, call PTW at 800-444-4556.
Northwest Automotive Trades Association (NATA) will host the annual NATA/Mecum Auction of Portland luncheon, May 8, at the World of Speed in Wilsonville. The event allows NATA members to be updated on the June 21-22 auction at the Portland Expo Center, plus attendees receive two free tickets to the popular auction that sold 296 vehicles in 2018 resulting in $8.6 million in sales. Call NATA at 503-253-9898 for details.
An education fundraiser, the annual Function 4 Junction Cruise & Show n’ Shine, is May 31-June 1, in Junction City. Two cruises and a car show take place in downtown with proceeds funding local schools and scholarships through the Education Together Foundation. Visit www.function4junction.com.
Winners at the state SkillsUSA contest held at Portland Community College include the following students headed to the national competition in June:
- Automotive Service Technology/secondary, Beau Belknap, Vale High School
- Automotive Service Technology/post-secondary, Trevor Enquist, Mt. Hood Community College Ford ASSET, Gresham
- Diesel Equipment Technology/secondary, Corbin Palmer, Harper Charter School, Harper
- Diesel Equipment Technology/post-secondary, Spencer Hardman, Portland Community College
There are no Automotive Refinish, Collision Repair, or Power Equipment Technology contests in Oregon.
The 70th annual Vehicle Maintenance Management Conference (VMMC) was held at South Seattle College (SCC), March 26-28. It marked the first time VMMC staged the event at SCC, having been at the University of Washington for decades and Shoreline Community College the past several years. Some 60 management and technical classes geared for heavy-duty and fleet operations were presented at SCC’s Diesel & Heavy-Duty Technology training center, as well as the adjacent Automotive Technology training facility. “I’m proud of what the trustees and our new (VMMC) staff accomplished for the first year at South Seattle. This is a great facility and the college staff and instructors worked extremely well with us to make this a success,” said George Schillinger (Parker Hannifin Corp.) of Spokane, conference chairman the past four years. In addition to three days of training, VMMC offered an indoor trade show, keynote speakers, lunches, a Snap-on Tech Challenge, plus door prize drawings. The conference is overseen by a 35-member board of trustees comprised of industry professionals; it is managed by Freedom Media Services.
The 2,300-mile 2019 Great Race will conclude at LeMay-America’s Car Museum (ACM) in Tacoma, June 30. Starting in Riverside, Calif., June 22, the Hemmings Motor News Great Race, presented by Hagerty, is a time, speed, and distance rally for vintage vehicles from 1909 to the early 1970s. The total purse for 2019 is $150,000 with $50,000 being presented to the Grand Champion vehicle. Run since 1983, the Great Race changes routes each year throughout North America, often running from coast to coast. For race details, visit www.greatrace.com. In related ACM news, a special exhibit titled “Cadillac – The Standard of the World” opens May 11. It will feature Cadillacs from the early 1900s to present with a focus on pre-World War II models. The exhibit will also provide extensive data on brand’s innovation and engineering over more than 115 years.
More than 200 family, friends, customers, and fellow shop owners attended a special March 16 celebration at Unlimited Service/Downtown in Bellingham. The event marked the 25th anniversary of Unlimited Service (founded at the Bakerview shop), the grand re-opening of the downtown shop heavily damaged in a summer 2018 fire, plus the 50th birthday of Todd Black, AMAM, co-owner with wife, Janel. More than a dozen ASA Northwest (ASA-NW) shop owner members from across the region attended the celebration that included food and beverages. Black, a former chairman of the board of ASA-NW, was recently elected to the national ASA board of directors where he had been serving as an appointed member for the past year.
One of the Northwest’s largest auto events, the 46th annual Monroe Auto Swap Meet is May 17-19, at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe. Formerly known as the Seattle Auto Swap Meet, the event is produced by the Puget Sound Region of the Early Ford V-8 Club. For details, visit www.seattleautoswapmeet.com.
As of press time, House Bill 1309 that would call for a $100 tax on each studded tire sold through the end of the year was still in committee. The bill would also make it a traffic infraction for any person or company to sell or offer for sale studs or studded tires after Jan. 1, 2020. During a committee hearing on Jan. 31, the Northwest Tire Dealers Association (NWTDA) and the Washington Retailers Association, along with lobbyists representing Les Schwab Tire stores, testified against the bill. NWTDA noted that if the bill was passed into law as written, tire dealers in the state would only be able to legally sell their existing studded tire inventories this November and December with the $100 added tax. Motorists who purchase studded tires before Jan. 1, 2020 would have up to five years to run on them from Nov. 1 to April 1 each year.
Auburn-based Competition Specialties Inc. (CSI) has promoted two employees. Six-year veteran Randy Williamson, formerly an inside phone sales representative at the Auburn headquarters has been named the inside phone sales manager. Jon Butler, who joined CSI in 2011, has been promoted to an outside sales position covering central and southern Oregon. Since 2015, he served as the inside phone sales manager. CSI operates four West Coast distribution centers and markets high-performance and off-road products and accessories for cars, trucks, and SUVs. The company was founded in 1966.