River Valley

Kart racing was a highlight of the evening. Front; Charlie Pokorny (front), from Mobile Magic Auto Body, and Jack Schroeder, from Specialized Collision, get ready to race.
Madison, Ill.—The Gateway Collision Chapter of AASP-MO recently held a meeting at Gateway Motorsports Park and the Kartplex to discuss OEM Certifications. The event, sponsored by Mike Schneider of Axalta Coating Systems, drew 70 participants who were eager to hear the latest recommendations. Livia...
Propst Auto Repair partnered with ACDelco to provide repairs and service to customers who couldn’t normally afford the work. Co-owner Dennis Cordray is seen here with one of the appreciative vehicle owners who were a part of the event.
Festus, Mo.— ACDelco selected Propst Auto Repair, in Festus, Mo., to participate in their recent second annual Day of Service, which partners local charity groups with Professional Service Centers (PSC) to provide free repairs or maintenance to those who could not normally afford it. Most of the...
From left: Owner Bill Morris, Service Adviser Assistant/Receptionist Elena Keller and Service Adviser Brad Eggemeyer say the shop carries a 4.9 out of 5 rating on Sure Critic’s Online Review website.
Oakville, Mo.—Bill Morris, owner of Oakville Automotive, says his shop is on pace for a record year of sales in 2017. Credit for some of that success comes in part to the increased amount of import vehicles being serviced in recent years. “We are an all makes shop that can handle just about...
Kent Eberhart (left) has nearly doubled his shop’s sales volume with the help of Operations Coordinator Jeanna Goodson and General Manager Matt French.
Wood River, Ill.—In the collision repair business, it’s essential to have a paint supplier that can be a partner in the shop’s success, said Kent Eberhart, who’s owned Stock Auto Body since 1987, when he purchased the business from Gary Stock after working for him as a painter. “In our business, we...
SANTA ANA, CA. – (June 20, 2017) – Yokohama Tire Corporation’s (YTC) 2017 Ride and Drive Dealer Training Program – a five-city tour across the U.S. – kicked-off in Seattle, Washington. The annual program helps educate YTC dealers on Yokohama products while improving their driving skills. “The Ride...
Austin Schneib (left) and Jacob Whitfield completed the newly developed Zara’s Collision Center internship program.
ILLINOIS Austin Schneib and Jacob Whitfield, seniors at Lanphier High School and the Capital Area Career Center (CACC) Auto Body Program, have completed their semester-long internships at Zara’s Collision Center and have been offered positions with the business. They are the first students to...
The Federated “Get Dirty with Kenny” promotion will be held in early August at the Federated Auto Parts I-55 Raceway in Peverley, Mo.
The 2017 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...
In orange shirts, from left, I-CAR St. Louis Committee members Gene Slattery, Dan Shymanski, and Shelly Jones draw for door prize winners for the first student group.
St. Charles, Mo.—Although widespread flooding in the St. Louis-metro area greatly impacted the number of students in attendance, 139 graduating students from area secondary and postsecondary automotive and collision programs attended the I-CAR St. Louis Committee’s spring job fair, May 5, at...
Joined by five body technicians and a parts person, it’s a family affair at Pro-Tech Collision Center with Owners Scott and Jan Witzig, their sons Alex (center) and Kyle, and Scott Witzig’s brother, Jamie, who is the painter.
Ellisville, Mo.—At Pro-Tech Collision Center, a customer has dropped off her pride and joy, a late-model bright red Mercedes-Benz bought recently from a local dealer. She’s noticed a dent that she’d like repaired. But under the unforgiving, harsh fluorescent lighting, Scott Witzig, who owns the...
     Bill Johnson, Jr. of Lexington, Kentucky, bought a remanufactured JASPER engine in the fall of 1974 for his 1965 Chevy Belair.  The 230ci ‘Turbo-Thrift’ inline six-cylinder continues to deliver mile after mile performance 43 years after its installation.      Johnson, and his wife, Jane, were...

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