Southern California

Rio Hondo College students inspect a hydrogen fuel cell as part of the Automotive Technology Program’s focus on alternative-fuel technologies.
Rio Hondo College, in Whittier, has received approval from the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office for the college’s Automotive Technology Program to offer California’s first Associate of Science (AS) degree in hybrid/electric vehicle/fuel-cell technology. “The approval came in 22...
Tony Callas teaching at a recent open house at Callas Rennsport.
Torrance, Calif.—Several years ago, husband-and-wife shop owners Tony and Kelly Callas of Callas Rennsport had a problem to solve. They had long offered their clients a free shuttle service, but increasing traffic congestion was making the service more and more time-consuming. “We looked at how...
Cartek Co-Owner Steve Ayvazian (l.); Leticia Hull, office manager; and Co-Owner Vic Avetyan take pride in the shop’s customer service and the quality of work the shop produces.
Los Angeles, Calif.—Although Cartek Collision Center has only been open for 10 years, Co-Owners Vic Avetyan and Steve Ayvazian have more than 40 years’ combined experience in automotive repair and both men have earned I-CAR Platinum Individual status. “It was slow at first since we were new to the...
The L&R Engine family (from l.), which includes Larkin Ranney, founder; Derek Ranney Jr., apprentice; Derek Ranney Sr., co-owner; and Brent Ranney, co-owner, has spent four decades building the business.
Santa Fe Springs, Calif.—When Larkin Ranney decided to open his first shop in 1977 he already had experience working for several engine rebuilders, but he felt that he could offer better service and product to the growing automotive industry. “I started selling internal engine parts right out of my...
The latest Pro to score his first round-win is former drag boat and alcohol racer Kebin Kinsley, who drove the Hennen Motorsports Road Rage dragster.
Southern California racing venues can satisfy any fan’s motorsports desire, be it road racing, drag racing, NASCAR, INDYCAR, Speedway, rally, off-road, or Enduro. Most tracks also put on car shows, special “track days,” and other related activities well into the fall. The following list of SoCal...
From l., the staff at RM Automotive includes Zachary Culp, service advisor; Jeff Steiniger, technician; Jovani Razo, technician; Rich Wilson, service manager/advisor; Heidi Buchanan, office manager and shuttle driver; Emilio Chavez, technician; and Co-Owners Reed Galloway and Mike Wright.
Northridge, Calif.—Most owners of independent repair shops find that diversity is the key to success. But not Mike Wright and Reed Galloway, owners of RM Automotive, which specializes in providing personalized service for Asian imports only – primarily Honda/Acura and Toyota/Lexus, but also Scion,...
From l., David McClune, CAA executive director; John Gallo, CalABC executive director; and Dennis Montalbano, ASCCA president, welcome association members to the 2016 Legislative Day at the State Capitol in Sacramento.
Sacramento, Calif.—Scores of representatives from the Automotive Service Council of California (ASCCA), the California Autobody Association (CAA), and the California Automotive Business Coalition (CalABC) attended their annual legislative day on April 12 at the State Capitol in Sacramento. The...
Sacramento – ASCCA President Dennis Montalbano testified at Joint Legislative Committee in March that Consumers should have the right to choose where they have their car repaired. The Automotive Service Council of California (ASCCA) along with other key stakeholders including automobile...
Allan Keefe is now senior manager of councils for SEMA.
SEMA, in Diamond Bar, welcomes Allan Keefe as its new senior manager of councils. Keefe will serve as the council liaison for the Light Truck Accessory Alliance (LTAA), Professional Restylers Organization (PRO), and the Wheel & Tire Council (WTC). Keefe’s role will be to facilitate the Select...
John Carlson (l.), owner of Circle Automotive Service; Sheryl Khushigian, office manager; and Carlson’s son Bryan, lead technician, say customers are so happy with their work they often bring in thank-you gifts such as this homemade strawberry pie.
Clovis, Calif.—John Carlson, owner of Circle Automotive Service, said the shop has served the periodic maintenance and repair needs of Fresno County customers since 1971, when the original owner, Ed Henderson, first opened. “I worked for Ed for four years before buying the business in 1984 and...

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