Regional Coverage

From left: Mike’s Foreign Car staff includes owners Kirsten and Josh Stickle, Lead technician Dave Watts, 20-year German-auto specialist Enrique Carmon, and VW-certified Logan Thurber.
Anaheim, Calif.—Mike’s Foreign Car owner Josh Stickle said when his father, Mike, opened the shop in 1978, it was called Mike’s VW and Porsche Specialties, with the mission of providing quality-first repair and personalized service. “Dad’s career started at a VW dealership right after high school...
Bandimere Speedway has a full schedule of 130 events held annually.
Automotive racetracks in Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico and western Kansas provide multiple opportunities for all motorsports fans, spectators and amateur racers to enjoy the sport of racing on asphalt and dirt from spring to fall throughout 2019.   COLORADO Bandimere Speedway, an NHRA-sanctioned...
From left: The “Original Venice Crew” of Peter Brock, Jim Marietta, and Ted Sutton pose with a continuation Shelby G.T. 350R.
Gardena, Calif.— More than 50 years ago, the Original Venice Crew (OVC), comprised of former Shelby American employees (from 1962 to 1965) Peter Brock, Jim Marietta, and Ted Sutton, built the first series of Shelby American racecars based on Ford’s iconic 1965 Mustang fastbacks. To meet the demand...
Mike Anderson (left) and Steve West, senior estimator at Bob Sight Ford in Lee’s Summit, Mo., conduct a role-playing exercise on insurance adjuster-relations.
Mulvane, Kan.—Asked what his secret of success was, hockey great Wayne Gretzky said, “I skate to where the puck is going to be, not to where it has been.” Mike Anderson, of Collision Advice, has adopted the Gretzky philosophy as his theme for 2019. “Thriving and not just surviving” in changing...
Dirt Track Racing Legend Scott Bloomquist competes in the 2018 Silver Dollar Nationals at the I-80 Speedway. (Photo courtesy of Unique Perspective Photography/Amanda Reitan, Waverly, Neb. )
Whether you prefer the chest-pounding staccato of two dragsters filling the air with acrid nitro and burned rubber fumes or a pack of alcohol-fueled sprint cars throwing dirt in the air as they dive into a corner, race fans have a wide variety of events to choose from. Parts & People has...
Ben Grant stands beside a Toyota 4Runner Monster Truck he bought from the old Burt Toyota dealership in 2000 that he uses as a shop road sign and in local parades.
Morrison, Colo.—With more than $2 million in annual revenues churned out by six techs in 17 bays, Ben Grant’s mountain shop hums along with a 350 monthly car count and a recently raised labor rate of $125. “I raised the rate 10 percent at the first of the year in order to compensate for increased...
The annual Rose Cup Races, part of the celebration of Portland’s month-long Rose Festival, are one of the most popular racing events in the Northwest.
Motorsports and related events in the greater Northwest region continue to draw large crowds each year. Races of all types (from stock cars to motorcycles, trucks to trackers) take place annually from Alaska to Idaho, Montana to Oregon. Car shows, swap meets, cruise ins, and special events are...
The crew at Walnut Creek Honda averages eight years on the job, led by Parts Manager Lester Pamplona, far right.
Walnut Creek, Calif.—By keeping fewer products on his shelves without compromising availability and delivery, Parts Manager Lester Pamplona is leveraging his 18 years at Walnut Creek Honda to serve two masters — his own service department and his wholesale customers. Pamplona relies on Honda’s...
Last year’s winner Bobby Pierce and a host of other dirt track racers from all over the country will return to The Gateway Dirt Nationals, Dec. 19–21.
The 2019 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. We cannot forget to mention the NASCAR and NHRA action at World Wide Technology...
Justin Bondurant began fabricating a few parts for his personal vehicle and within a few months started his own business.
Hillsboro, Mo.—In the spring of 2004, Justin Bondurant was becoming increasingly unhappy with the parts quality and options that were available on the market for his 2004 Dodge SRT-4. He began fabricating a few parts for his personal vehicle and posted pictures on internet automotive forums. Within...

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