Regional Coverage

Colorado Springs, Colo.—Larry Ledom and Greg Budwine, who currently operate their own shops, will merge their businesses together at the beginning of next year and become joint owners of Ledom’s Performance Equipment & Diesel Repair, a full-service truck shop. “It seems like every other day we...
Los Angeles—While vital to performance, the piston ring is the poor stepchild of the high-performance engine, said Keith Jones, technical Expert at Phoenix-based Total Seal. “They get blamed for just about everything. If there is a compression problem, it’s the piston rings. If there is oil...
Portland, Ore.—Dave McCollum and his sons, Dave Jr. and Joey, agree that although they have done a lot of things right as owners and operators of McCollum Auto Body, they also haven’t been afraid of making mistakes. “We’re all human and mistakes happen,” Joey McCollum said. “When you learn from...
Louisville, Ky.—Dozens of Northwest students competed in the 2015 SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in late June. In total, more than 13,000 high school and college level students from all states and four U.S. territories participated in more than 90 leadership and skills...
Austin, Texas—The perceived benefits of the driverless vehicle have car manufacturers hurtling toward a new world of improved mobility, reduced emissions and enhanced safety. Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn spoke about these benefits in an article for LinkedIn’s “Influencer” series, saying “zero emissions...
Irvine, Calif.—The Automotive Service Councils of California (ASCCA) 2015 Summer Conference, June 12-14, at the Irvine Marriott Hotel, featured top-notch management training tracks and more technical training sessions, including a Spanish-language track, new this year. The theme, “Re-Invent Your...
Garden Grove, Calif.—Ron Hart, president of Powertrain Industries, said his business has seen a 20-25 percent increase in the past two years for a number of reasons, including listening to what his customers say, and adding breadth to the product line by adding a new SKU every day. “We have about 1...
Olathe, Kan.—With six and eight-speed automatics and dual clutch manuals on the market today, Paul Hipsher faces the challenges many shop owners have today with training. Continuing education is one way Olathe Transmission Service stays ahead of the curve. “I try to go to as many seminars as I can...
More Than 330 Entries to Date for the General Tire "Vegas to Reno" Presented by FOX Casey Folks, director of Best In The Desert - the world's largest desert off-road racing organization, announced today he set a new record for entries for 2015's General Tire “Vegas to Reno” presented by Fox, the...
SAN BERNARDINO, CA – Kyle LeDuc and Toyo Tires® captured their eighth consecutive Pro 4 class win on Sunday morning during the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series race at Glen Helen Raceway Park in San Bernardino, CA.  LeDuc’s Toyo® Open Country M/T®-R equipped #99 Monster Energy / Toyo Tires Ford F-...

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