Regional Coverage

Racers on the track at the 2017 Pacific Northwest Historics race at Pacific Raceways in Kent, Wash.
Each year the Northwest region experiences an increase in the number of automotive-related motorsports and performance events from Anchorage to Boise, Seattle to Missoula, Spokane to Portland. The Northwest Car Events Calendar 2018 Edition lists hundreds of events that include cars shows, auto...
Byron Davis of Autobody Specialties says his company uses a single team-pay system for all production employees.
Springfield, Ore.—Byron Davis’s company participated in as many as a dozen insurer direct repair programs, but he has scaled that back significantly without hurting the business. “We’re down to five DRPs. We weeded out,” said Davis, owner of Auto Body Specialties, which operates a 10,500-square-...
Former NASCAR driver and part owner of Federated Auto Parts Raceway Kenny Schrader will make several racing appearances at area tracks this year including Terre Haute Action Track, Macon Speedway, Tri City Speedway, and Federated Auto Parts Raceway.
The 2018 racing season is upon us in the River Valley. With Stock Cars, Warriors, Modifieds, Hornets, Late Models, and more all taking to the tracks again, this year promises to deliver excitement for the whole family. Parts & People has compiled a list of popular tracks in the St. Louis and...
Pike Collision Owner Don Richardson helped introduce legislation this year that would combat steering and require OEM repair procedures be used.
Petersburg, Ind.—Many of us start each year with the best of intentions: to lose weight, get in better shape, maybe get a handle on our personal finances. Ready to make some changes, Don Richardson, owner of Pike Collision, had a New Year’s resolution of his own, to overhaul some of his business...
Willow Springs features NASCAR-style racing on a 1.8-mile road course.
Southern California racing venues can satisfy any motorsports fan’s desire, be it road racing, drag racing, NASCAR, INDYCAR, Speedway motorcycle, rally, off-road, or Enduro. Most tracks also put on car shows, have special “track days,” and other related activities well into the fall. The following...
The crew at Accurate Auto Body consists of five women in the front office.
Richmond, Calif.—Whenever any business builds a new location from the ground up, there are a lot of things that can go wrong. But, by working closely with the contractor and assisting them to keep on schedule, Accurate Auto Body, owned by the Cichon and Silva family, opened its new 27,000-square-...
Rick Larsen wholesales parts manager (in black) says he owes the success of his department to the hard work of his warehouse staff and counter parts sales representatives surrounding him.
Laguna Niguel, Calif.—Mercedes-Benz of Laguna Niguel, which covers 22 acres, has been part a of the seaside community’s landscape for 45 years and has become one the largest Mercedes-Benz dealerships in Southern California. It is also back-to-back winners of the prestigious Best of the Best dealer...
The 2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon 4X4 won the top award at Mudfest for both its on-road attributes and exceptional off-road capabilities.
Shelton, Wash.-The Ridge Motorsports Park was again the testing site for the two-day 2018 Northwest Outdoor Activity Vehicle of the Year Competition, affectionately known as Mudfest. Presented by the Northwest Automotive Press Association (NWAPA), the 24th annual event drew 25 automotive media...
Owners Jay and Deb Corken recently adjusted their shop’s pay structure and switched paint lines to BASF.
Littleton, Colo.—Coming from a sports background, Jay Corken, owner of Highlands Ranch Collision Center, said he doesn’t want the “linemen” in his shop playing “quarterback” – that’s nothing against linemen, he’s quick to point out, only that they’re better suited to block than to throw. He uses...
ASCCA Political Affairs Chairman David Kusa (left) and ASCCA/CAA Legislative Analyst Jack Molodanof prepare to take on the Capitol at 2018 Legislative Day in Sacramento.
Sacramento, Calif.—Every year, the ASCCA/CAA Joint Legislative Day enables shop owners from throughout the state to meet with their political representatives to discuss current laws and pending bills that can greatly affect their businesses. On April 24, approximately 40 members from both...

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