The Speed Stop Challenge sponsored by Power Stop, LLC

River Valley People & Places - April 2016


Brake Parts Inc. (BPI) was honored with the NAPA Sales Leadership Excellence award at the annual NAPA Vendor Summit in Atlanta in February. Bruce Tartaglione, senior vice president global sales and marketing and Ron Hoxsey, vice president, sales NAPA, accepted the award on BPI’s behalf.

Auto-Wares Group of Companies has announced plans to acquire Thompson Auto Supply of St. Charles and Batavia, Ill. This acquisition includes two store locations that are owned and operated by brothers Bill, Dan and Tom Ryan. These independent stores have been in business for 41 years.

Power Stop, LLC will be the sponsor of the Speed Stop Challenge at all 11 events on the 2016 OPTIMA's Search for the Ultimate Street Car calendar. The Power Stop Speed Stop Challenge tests a competitor's skills in navigating a short predetermined course. Each challenger earns points to qualify for the 9th annual OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car Invitational in Las Vegas the weekend following the 2016 SEMA Show Nov. 1-4.



Darrell Harrod of Showtime Cars in Mt. Washington, was the winner of a classic American muscle car as part of the Alliance’s Muscle Car Madness Sweepstakes. Harrod, a customer of Moog Louisville Warehouse, won a $31,000 restored and modified 1971 Malibu Chevelle, equipped with a recently rebuilt 396 big-block engine bored out to 402 cubic inches. It also features new American Racing wheels with low-profile tires and an exterior paint job by House of Kolor with candy apple red stripes over black. Sweepstakes entries totaled more than 150,000.



Long time AC Delco and Raytheon Instructor Mark Ingram is now working for the Garage Guru program offered by Federal Mogul. Ingram has been with the company since April 2015, but has been part the St. Louis training scene for many years. He worked as a technician in independent shops and for dealerships before pursuing his career in training.

Federal Mogul has a new warehouse distribution center in Maryland Heights, located on the same property as its training center. The 10,000-square-foot facility employs 135 workers.

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