Regional Coverage

Michael Bott of Torchio’s Auto Repair prioritizes maintenance and repairs with each customer.
Oakland, Calif.—Torchio’s Auto Repair was established in 1924 when they repaired Cadillac Phaetons, Chevrolet Superiors and Chrysler Imperials, just to name a few. Now they work primarily on Asian and domestic vehicles with third- and second-generation customers who write glowing reviews for the...
From left are Ethan Rose, sales; Craig Dawes, sales; Robert Rasor, sales; Co-owner/bookkeeper Scott Rose; Mike Brown, sales; Co-owner Keith Rose, and Dennis Conner, sales.
Hutchinson, Kan.—After almost a century of serving the community, Rose Motor Supply has built a reputation as the go-to place when one needs a little more assistance or a hard-to-find part than a chain auto parts store provides, Keith Rose said. “With us being outside a metro area, there is a large...
Billy Mathews started Mathews & Son’s back in 1969.
Vallejo, Calif.—As a shop that gets great online reviews for being fair and flexible with its customers, Mathews & Son’s has become a fixture in Vallejo, Calif., since 1969. By stressing brand education, ongoing training and using OE parts when possible, this second-generation business has...
Gary Rice (left), service manager, and Corey Swift, owner, met for the first time in 1997 over the phone when Rice was still working at O’Reilly’s Auto Parts (then Checkers). That call laid the foundation for a partnership that is going 20 years strong.
Littleton, Colo.–It wasn’t necessarily Corey Swift’s plan to partner with O’Reilly’s Auto Parts when he started his shop in a two-bay garage in 1997. In fact, the only thing on his mind at that time was making his first rent payment. But he knew he needed a parts and equipment supplier that would...
As you’re walking into the shop this morning, you come to the chilling realization that you’ve got no work for your techs today. When did this happen? What are you going to do??? If you’ve owned an auto repair shop for any length of time, I guarantee you’ve been in this situation. I’m going to...
Some of the new requirements to Prop 65 include a warning symbol with distinct specifications for products that have potential health risks to users.
Sacramento, Calif.—On Aug. 31, California’s Prop 65 will be updated with regulations that will affect the automotive aftermarket supply chain, from manufacturers to distributors, to repair facilities and retailers. Businesses making and selling products in California that fail to comply with the...
From left: Vale High School student Josh Duckworth, who won Oregon’s SkillsUSA competiton, and his instructor Drew Barnes, met NATA’s Margaret Ragan and association members at the event.
Wilsonville, Ore.—More than 120 people packed a room at the World of Speed museum in Wilsonville, Ore., for the Northwest Automotive Trade Association’s monthly “Lunch & Learn” in June. The event, sponsored by Mecum Auctions, gave attendees a chance to tour the museum and its hands-on...
John and Connie Luczak started selling AMSOIL products from their basement in 1978.
St. Louis—John and Connie Luczak opened Gateway Synthetics in 1978, from their home, in the basement — with one box of product. Fast forward 40 years and this husband-and-wife team say they are one of the highest ranked AMSOIL sales jobbers in the country by expanding product categories and...
From left: Finalizing curriculum and program training hours for ITAC in late May are Kandie Jennings-Molloy, AAM, owner of Tom’s Automotive in West Seattle and ASA-NW secretary; Butch Jobst, AMAM, of B&B Automotive in Aberdeen and ASA-NW chairman of the board; Bri Durham, AJAC director of Youth Apprenticeship; and Shannon Matson, AJAC deputy director.
Seattle, Wash.—Four years in the making, ASA Northwest (ASA-NW) is expected to have a technician apprenticeship training program approved by the Washington’s Department of Labor and Industries Apprenticeship & Training Council by mid-July. The thought process for the program, designed to help...
“Tricky Ricky” Thomas was the winner of the Open Comp Class and he took home a $600 purse.
Bonne Terre, Mo.— Auto Plaza Group recently held its annual Horsepower For Hope at Bonne Terre Drag Strip. The event held races in several categories such as Open Comp, Big Tire Class, and Small Tire Class. The event was open to the public and money raised will be donated to Camp Hope. All proceeds...

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