River Valley

Owner Eric Hummel, alongside his wife, Jennifer, opened the new 21,000-square-foot facility off Big Bill Road in late December.
Arnold, Mo.—The doors opened in a brand-new 21,000-square-foot facility for Five Star Autobody in late December 2018 and owner Eric Hummel and his team have hit the ground running since. “We have only had the new shop for a few months, but already we are at full capacity on a regular basis. Our...
A 1960 Chevrolet Impala, painted by Jeremy Pruneau (Manns Restorations – Festus, Mo.) and a 1968 Chevrolet Camaro, painted by Tony Goodrich (Tony’s Rod & Custom – Bunker Hill, Ill.) are being featured in Sherwin Williams 2019 Calendar.
Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes has released its 2019 shop calendar, showcasing a full year of vehicle designs which includes a 1960 Chevrolet Impala, painted by Jeremy Pruneau (Manns Restorations – Festus, Mo.) and a 1968 Chevrolet Camaro, painted by Tony Goodrich (Tony’s Rod & Custom –...
Owners Lonny Childress (left) and Jason Childress made a career out of racing monster trucks in the 1990s, but their passion for restoring Mustangs inspired them to open Gateway Classic Mustang. They built Sammy Hagar a 1967 Mustang (above) with a custom handling package and a 560-HP Roush fuel-injected 427-IR motor.
Bourbon, Mo.—Jason and Lonny Childress have always been passionate about anything with a motor, especially Mustangs, of which they both owned and worked on growing up on the family horse farm. The Childress’ had made a career out of racing monster trucks for the likes of Team Bigfoot and Bearfoot...
Chris Van Winkle spent 34 years as an executive manager for a Fortune 500 automotive supply chain and logistics company before he and his wife, Sharon, acquired Fitz’z Service in 2017.
St. Louis—Chris Van Winkle, along with his wife, Sharon, were looking for a business investment opportunity back in 2017. Multiple avenues and countless hours of research led them to Fitz’z Service, where they had heard the previous owner was looking to sell. “We met with the owners and decided...
Washington D.C.—Once again, legislation was introduced in the Missouri Legislature that seeks to repeal the state’s vehicle safety inspection program. State Rep. J. Eggleston, assistant floor leader of the House, introduced House Bill (HB) 451. Eggleston introduced similar legislation last session...
Cloud-based shop management system “Shop4D” attending 2019 VISION Hi-Tech & Training Expo
Littleton, Colo.—The debut of Shop4D will be at the VISION Hi-Tech & Training Expo in Overland Park, Kan., March 1-2. The AI-driven Shop4D shop management system will have a real-world shop demonstration, as well as hands-on use with client service specialists displaying ease of use,...
ST. LOUIS (January 7, 2019) TechForce Foundation, a non-profit organization focused onchampioning students to and through their technical education and into careersas professional transportation technicians, has named Ranken Technical Collegegraduate Andrew Fields as “Rookie of the Year” in their...
Eric Hummel, owner of 5 Star Auto Body, opened a new facility in Arnold, Mo.
RIVER VALLEY Eric Hummel, owner of 5 Star Auto Body, opened a new facility in Arnold, Mo., after Christmas and is located at 1535 Big Bill Road. It features 21,000 square feet and has a new Global Finishing ULTRA XD Truck Booth, mixing room and a DUAL CTOF Prep Booth, as well as Graco air and...
 “This is by far a record for us and it is all thanks to our members and their staffs. I think we are going to need a bigger room,” said ATI’s Doug Slattery, event chairman.
Maryland Heights, Mo.— The banquet room of Syberg’s Restaurant was overflowing with unwrapped toys stacked on the floor around a Christmas tree at the AASP-MO Gateway Collision Chapter’s annual Toys For Tots Christmas Social. Puzzles, games, toys, and bikes were collected by association members...
Late Model Driver Bobby Pierce became a back-to-back winner of the Gateway Dirt Nationals’ main event, taking home $30,000 in the process.
St. Louis—The Dome at America’s Center was recently transformed into the center of attention for the dirt racing world with the 3rd Annual Gateway Dirt Nationals: Dirt in December. New in 2018 was the addition of the Midget division, which brought in new drivers and cars from all over the country,...

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