Northwest People & Places - November 2018
People & Places compiled by Jerold B. Smith
Wesco Group has announced that Color Compass Corporation has joined the Wesco family of companies. Color Compass, a PBE distributor in Western Canada, which includes the businesses of White & Peters, Chase, Rocky Mountain, Carlson and PBE Distributors, operates 15 stores selling to body shops, three equipment divisions, and five paint body and equipment warehouses selling to jobbers. The combined Wesco Group of companies now sells and services from more than 70 stores, 12 distribution centers, and nine equipment divisions in the western U.S. and most of Canada. This makes Wesco Group one of the largest privately held PBE distributors in North America.
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Patrik Sandell and Per Almquist of Subaru Rally Team USA won the Idaho Rally International in mid-September. The 10-year old rally made its debut as one of the seven American Rally Association’s (ARA) Championship Series rallies this year. The 125-mile course in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains is located near Idaho City and Placervile. The rally is now one of four of ARA’s top rally series held in three Northwest states. Other rally sites are in Pennsylvania, Maine/New Hampshire, and Minnesota.
The Subaru Rally Team USA of Patrik Sandell and Per Almquist won by 24 seconds after two days of competition.
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will offer hazardous waste classes in Portland on Nov. 7.
The RCRA Hazardous Waste Basics (9 a.m.-noon) and Managing Common Waste (1-4 p.m.) classes are the final ones to be offered this year and are held at the State of Oregon Building on Northeast Oregon Street. The basic session covers waste determinations, on-site management, permit requirements, record keeping and reporting, plus emergeny planning. Managing Common Wastes provides data on waste policies; generation, storage, and disposal of hazardous materials; and surviving a DEQ inspection. For details and class registration and location, visit www.oregon.gov/deq or call 503-229-5353.
The 41st annual Albany Indoor Swap Meet is set for Nov. 17, at the Linn County Fair/Expo Center in Albany. Presented by the Enduring A’s chapter of MAFCA, the event draws attendees from throughout the West to view a wide variety of parts and memorabilia. Call 541-928-1218 for details.
Two new automotive technology instructors are heading programs in Portland and Roseburg, according to NATA. Juston Becker is teaching the program at David Douglas High School in Portland and is a graduate of the Clark County Skills Center in Vancouver (now Cascadia Tech Academy). He then attended the Ford ASSET program at Mt. Hood Community College and became a Senior Master Ford Technician and worked for Vancouver Ford for 11 years, and was employed at an independent shop until he accepted the position at David Douglas. Don Zell, a graduate of the automotive technology program at Lake Washington Institute of Technology in Kirkland, Wash., is the new instructor at Roseburg High School. He worked at Jeep and Chrysler dealerships and retired from an independent fleet maintenance company in Seattle.
Subaru of America has announced the nation’s first college degree in Subaru automotive technology will be offered at Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) in Gresham. Created in partnership with Mt. Hood’s Automotive Technology program, the two-year associate of applied arts degree will train students to work at Subaru dealerships by providing hands-on Subaru factory-certified training. “There is a huge regional demand in the Pacific Northwest for Subaru cars and SUVs, so it’s a win-win for all,” said Eric Garvey, MHCC auto instructor. Currently, MHCC is working with nine Subaru dealers in Oregon to provide students with sponsorships.
The Northwest Automotive Press Association (NWAPA) named the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio as the Northwest’s Most Fun to Drive Vehicle. After driving 18 sports and performance cars 527 miles over three days of testing from Mt. Hood to central Oregon to the Columbia River Gorge, journalists scored each vehicle in the 12th annual Run to the Sun (RTS) competition. “Sounding a rip-roaring exhaust note, the Alfa announced it was the vehicle to beat in this year’s competition,” said John Vincent, NWAPA president and writer for U.S. News & World Report. Other winners at RTS included the 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF, NW Most Fun in the Sun; the 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt, NW Most Fun Coupe; and the 2018 BMW M5, NW Most Fun Sport Coupe.
Re-Born Automotive in Portland celebrated its 35th anniversary in October. Founded by Vincent Vierck, AAM, and his wife, Becky Vierck, AAM, the AAA-Approved Auto Repair shop was originally a European specialist. Today, with three ASE-certified Master Technicians and two other ASE-certified Technicians, the Oregon Eco-Biz-certified facility services Asian and some domestic vehicles. Re-Born is an ASE Blue Seal shop and a member of ASA Northwest and the Northwest Automotive Trades Association (NATA).
Reid’s Tire & Auto Service, owned and operated by Terry Frederickson and Jaime Guzman, was the winner of Fast Undercar’s “Free Ride” summer sweepstakes. The shop, located in Brooks, Ore., was awarded a brand-new fully equipped 2018 Chevy Silverado 1500 4×4 with upgrades and modifications. “When we got the call that Reid’s won, my first comment was, they are perfect! Reid’s is the epitome of an independent tire and automotive shop and they appreciate the service that Fast Undercar provides,” said Tyson Crumley, franchise owner of Fast Undercar Salem. The three-month promotion was a partnership with Fast Undercar’s exclusive brake vendor Centric Parts.
A Tire Rack Street Survival School is set for Pacific Raceways in Kent on Nov. 11. The teenage driving school, authorized by BMW CCA Foundation, are partnered with Michelin, Enterprise Car Rental, and the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA). Survival schools help teen drivers gain skills and improve driving techniques at events across the country. The Nov. 11 event is sponsored by the SCCA Northwest Region. For details, visit www.streetsurvival.org.
The 2018 Seattle International Auto Show will be held at CenturyLink Field Event Center, Nov. 9-12. One of the top 12 vehicle shows in the country, the Seattle event is produced by Motor Trend Auto Shows and features test drives of several brands, including Chevrolet, Toyota, Honda, Volkswagen, Chrysler, Jeep, RAM, Fiat, and Dodge products. For details, visit www.seattleautoshow.com.
The annual Don’t Drip & Drive - Fix That Leak! consumer awareness program continues at more than 275 shops throughout Washington. Sponsored by ASA Northwest, AAA, EnvrioStars, and the Washington State Department of Ecology (DOE), the program offers free leak inspections and coupons for any needed repairs. Also, free workshops at community colleges from Lakewood to Bellingham have been held throughout the year with the final workshops of the year scheduled Nov. 17, and Dec. 8, at Seattle Community College. The program is funded by a grant from DOE, For details, visit www.fixcarleaks.org.
The 29th annual Project Santa Cruise takes place in Bellingham, Nov. 11. Co-sponsored by the Whatcom County Sheriff's Department, other police and fire agencies, and the Fourth Corner Elites Car Club based in Bellingham, is one of the largest collection of toys for under privileged children on the West Coast. More than 150 collector and custom cars from the Northwest and British Columbia cruise throughout Bellingham collecting toys with a final destination at the Whatcom County Courthouse. The car club, founded in 1972, also sponsors several annual car shows that raise funds for student scholarships for those enrolled in the Automotive Technology program at Bellingham Technical College.
The Pierce County Unit of ASA Northwest is again providing toys and needed clothing for underprivileged children during the holiday season. In its 19th year, ASA members and supporters have raised more than $45,000 for the Kids First program in Tacoma. Members and ASA staff collect funds, purchase needed items, wrap the gifts, and deliver to a special event with the children where an ASA staff member serves as Santa Claus. To donate, call ASA Northwest at 253-473-6970.
The annual LeMay Benefit Dinner and Dance is set for Nov. 3, at the Marymount Event Center in Tacoma. With a 1950s theme, the event includes a dinner, entertainment, dancing, auctions, a hula-hoop competition, and more, all benefiting the world-famous LeMay Family Collections and community programs. The collection features some 1,500 vintage and collectible vehicles. For details on the benefit dinner and LeMay collection, visit www.lemaymarymount.org.
All eight Motion Auto Supply stores in eastern Washington and northern Idaho will again participate in the Federated Auto Parts Toys for Tots campaign this holiday season. “In addition to Motion stores, we are inviting all of our independent jobbers in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana to collect toys and money for their own cities and towns,” said Tim Trudnowski, president of Spokane-based Parts Wholesalers that operates Automotive Jobbers Supply and Motion outlets, longtime members of Federated Auto Parts. “In 2017, Federated was the largest single group donating to this cause, collecting $355,000 and 6,000 toys. Already in 2018, with several golf tournament sponsorships earmarked for Toys for Tots donations, and with assistance from our vendors, we will collect well over $400,000.” For additional information, contact any local Motion store, or email Trudnowski at email@example.com.
ASA Northwest staged Lights-on campaigns in Bellingham and Puyallup, Oct. 6, in conjunction with Fall Car Care Month. The ASA Whatcom Chapter had 30 volunteers inspecting and replacing burned out exterior lamps and bulbs at no charge, said Nita Harksell from Pete’s Auto Repair in Ferndale, and coordinator for the event at Bellingham High School. “Volunteers included staff from eight ASA member repair shops, two allied members, seven students from the Automotive Technology program at Bellingham High School, plus two reps from Bellingham NAPA Auto Parts that supplied us with lighting products. We inspected 105 vehicles and replaced 135 bulbs on 73 vehicles.” The Pierce County Chapter held their event at the South Hill Mall in Puyallup. “We had some 30 volunteers, including ASA members and students from Clover Park Technical College and Green River College, and a great turnout of cars to inspect,” said Dan DeBusk from Moose Radiator and Pierce County Chapter president. “LKQ Corp, supplied breakfast and lunch for volunteers, Seattle Automotive Distributing provided all the lighting needed to help with this campaign to assist motorists.”
The Oct. 6-7 Tour de Forest rally near Olympia and Shelton was won by the Subaru Rally Team USA of Patrik Sandell and Per Almquist. The pair won the Idaho Rally International just a few weeks prior. The Tour de Forest, last run in 1983, was revived this year to become the final event of the American Rally Association
Championship Series. Though the Subaru Rally Team USA of David Higgins and Craig Drew did not win Tour de Forest, they are the overall champions of the ARA National Championships based on the number of rallies run and total points earned.