‘Brown energy’ is subsidized much more heavily than ‘green energy.’ Many consumers and business owners, especially those skeptical of the green energy movement, are not aware that the fossil fuel industry gets far more in subsidies than does the renewable energy industry.
Pam Oakes and the employees of Pam’s Motor City in Fort Myers, Fla., are starring in a new reality series, “Car E.R.” Sponsored by AC Delco, “Car E.R.” follows Oakes, Peter (her long time fiancé) and the rest of the gang at Pam’s Motor City as they deal with tricky automotive repairs, esoteric customers and serious attitudes within the shop. Of course, not everything’s a problem, and there’s a lot of fun and good times, too. Pam's Motor City was named a Motor Age Top Shop in 2008.
Unique to this series is that Oakes owns and operates the repair shop, day in and day out. Not many women dare to venture into this highly male-oriented field of work, but she follows in her father’s footsteps, and gives the boys a run for their money. The series is slated for first-run distribution via the Internet, with future television broadcasts on the horizon. To see the first few shows, click www.car-ershowcom and connect with the show on Twitter @CarERShow and Facebook. Pam is also the author of Car Care for the Clueless: Successful Used Car Buying 101.
Six people including two Mount Pleasant, SC men were sentenced in federal court for their roles in an auto loan scheme involving more than $800,000.
A judge sentenced William Brian Toadvine, 34, and Donald Toadvine, 58, to two years in prison to be followed by five years of supervised release after both were found guilty of conspiracy to commit bank fraud.
The Alliance of State Automotive Aftermarket Associations (ASAAA) recently launched a national Legislator Education and Awareness program meant to increase recognition among state policymakers about the positive economic and consumer benefits generated by the automotive aftermarket parts and service industry.
The ASAAA said it is becoming critical for new and returning lawmakers to be educated about the benefits of alternative aftermarket replacement parts and services as policymakers in U.S. states are addressing aftermarket parts issues on many legislative fronts.
Mitt Romney argued against the bailout of the U.S. auto industry in 2008, in an article entitled “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt,” notes Chris Isidore, writing for CNN.
Now three years after the Bush, then Obama administration, bailed out General Motors and Chrysler Group, and with U.S. auto industry sales, profits and hiring all rising, Romney believes he deserves credit for that turnaround.
The Collision Repair Education Foundation’s 2012 Ultimate Collision Education Makeover $50,000 school grant application is now available online and two grants (one secondary, one post-secondary) will be awarded this year. The winning schools will be announced during SEMA 2012. As part of the Makeover grant application, schools provide their own itemized wish list, which can include any tools, supplies and equipment that are needed by the collision program. Each of the winning schools will have their $50,000 wish list fulfilled through the Collision Repair Education Foundation and through industry donors/supporters. The application is available at the Education Foundation’s website (www.CollisionEducationFoundation.org), and must be completed by August 31, 2012. Instructors are advised to begin the application process early and industry professionals are encouraged to get involved with the Makeover grant by working with their local schools’ collision instructors to help them apply.
Ray Gunder will present a legal seminar, “Learn How to Stay Legal in Your Shop,” to the Georgia Collision Industry Association in late June. Gunder will address basic legal issues relating to operating a successful collision repair shop.
Bus manufacturer Blue Bird Corporation received the Extra Mile Award from the Middle Georgia Clean Air Coalition for their commitment and success in bringing alternative-fueled school bus transportation to the market. The award recognizes organizations that improve Georgia’s air quality while advancing economic, environmental and energy security.
Students from different schools in Alabama recently participated in a welding competition at Gardendale High School in Jefferson County.
The 2012 SkillsUSA welding contest was held with 20 students and instructors from 12 districts competing for the state championship. The state championship will eventually lead to a national championship.
by Tim Stanley, Tulsa-World Staff Writer
From Model A door handles to LaSalle chrome grills, the antique car buffs who converged on Andy Hope’s place for his heralded going-out-of-business auction found plenty to get revved up about. Well-known nationally for his work on antique cars, the longtime Tulsa-area auto-body man had built up a mind-boggling collection of old and, in many cases, rare car parts over 25 years. In 1980, with the news that he was retiring and auctioning most of it off, hopeful bidders from across the country came flocking.
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