The next Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Junior Engine Challenge will be at the Protect the Harvest Midwest Junior Super Series at Byron Dragway, May 5-7, in Byron.

River Valley People & Places - May 2017


Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Junior Engine Challenge began in April with the first official event held at Gateway Motorsport Park. Each team consists of two individuals; one team member must be 5-18 years of age and must completely disassemble/reassemble a complete single cylinder OHV engine, using only basic hand tools. Some of the contest’s goals are to help individuals develop communication skills, self-esteem, develop problem solving skills, and gain an understanding of an internal combustion engine. The next challenge will be at the Protect the Harvest Midwest Junior Super Series at Byron Dragway, May 5-7, in Byron. For additional information in starting a team or sponsorship opportunities, contact Rodney Bingham at or call at 815-722-5460.

AASP-MO Gateway Collision Chapter meeting will address OEM certifications, May 10, at the Gateway Motorsports Park, 700 Raceway Blvd, in Madison. There will be a dinner, followed by the Axalta-sponsored program, then Kart racing. For more information or to RSVP, contact Ron Reiling at



Registration and tickets are available for the 2017 Chevrolet Performance CAR CRAFT Summer Nationals, July 21-23, at Beech Bend Raceway Park in Bowling Green. It will be the first year the annual automotive event will be held in Bowling Green. It presents a gathering of street machines and muscle cars that showcases more than 2,500 performance cars and attracts upward of 25,000 enthusiasts from across the country over the course of three days. For more information and to register, visit



Collision technician Derek Fetter, of F & S Collision and Customs in Troy, is a grand-prize winner in the 2017 “Search for a Champion” contest from Federal-Mogul Motorparts’ Champion brand. Fetter entered the “Off the Track” category based on his interest in vehicle maintenance and performance upgrades. He won a $5,000 prize. “I’ve known about Champion all my life, and my grandfather even had a Champion sign in his garage when I was growing up,” he said. “I am looking forward to representing the brand and using even more of its maintenance products in our shop and on my own vehicles.”

Plaza Tire Service Inc. opened a Moberly location, it’s 60th store and eighth in mid-Missouri. The 5,400-square-foot facility features seven bays and took six months to complete.

The St. Louis I-CAR Committee is hosting two career fairs this year. The first will be May 5, at Enterprise Holdings’ IT Technical Center in St. Charles, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the second will be at Gateway Motorsports Park, Sept. 29, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. to coincide with Friday night qualifying of the NHRA national event. The committee is seeking career fair-sponsorships from companies in the automotive repair industry. Instructors or potential sponsors can contact committee members Keith Hoeferlin, or 314-898-3638; Doug Slattery, or 314-422-7884; or Tricia Belz at or 314-506-4856 for more information.

The Metro Vo-Tech Assistance Program’s Annual Golf Outing will be Wednesday, June 21, at Meramec Lakes Golf Course in St. Clair. All proceeds benefit the collision programs at North and South Tech Schools, Lewis & Clark Career Center and Ranken Technical College. For more information, call Gene or Doug Slattery at 314-422-7885 or 314-422-7884, respectively.

Learn how to properly complete a wheel alignment on vehicles with Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), Tuesday, May 9, 6-9 p.m., at Hunter Engineering in Bridgeton. The event is sponsored by ASA-Midwest and includes dinner and training. For more information and to register, call ASA-Midwest at 816-781-5801.

AASP-MO will have a St. Louis/St. Charles Chapters meeting, May 17, to discuss liability coverage. It is intended for mechanical and collision shops. Chapman-Sander Insurance is AASP-MO’s preferred provider and United Fire Group is AASP-Nationals preferred provider. There will be a cocktail reception and food provided. The event will be at Syberg’s Dorsett, 2430 Old Dorsett Road, Maryland Heights. For more info and to RSVP, contact Ron Reiling at


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