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For some automotive vendors, body shop owners and employees, golf is a lost afternoon spent in the bushes, sand traps and water hazards. But for others, golf tournaments like the one held by the Santa Clara Chapter of the California Autobody Association’s (SCC-CAA) held at Cinnabar Hills Golf Club in San Jose, CA on June 27, it’s a great opportunity to network, imbibe, tell tall tales and even actually play some golf.

Famous golf names graced the annual tournament’s leader board, like Choi, Kim and Nelson. But, unfortunately, K.J. (Choi), Anthony (Kim) and Byron (Nelson)–professional golf stars of today and yesterday–weren’t in attendance. Instead, Ron Nelson (Enterprise’s Foursome #1), Yong Kim and Jae Choi (both in Annex Automotive’s Foursome #3), were all members of winning teams.

To view a pdf file of this article with photos, click HERE.

The California Autobody Association, San Diego Chapter hosted the new Labor Enforcement Task Force (LETF) at its June 12 special meeting held at Tom Ham’s Lighthouse on Harbor Island in San Diego.

Last month in Autobody News, we ran a story about two schools in Arizona and California that are prepping for the future in the industry. That article focused on two schools, The East Valley Institute of Technology in Mesa, AZ, and the Universal Technical Institute in Sacramento, CA.

This month, we highlight other educational programs in the West — Arizona, Nevada and California — that are providing outstanding preparation for careers in the collision repair industry.

Wednesday, 25 July 2012 11:14

Details on New CA AB 1854 Safety Law

Existing law makes it a misdemeanor for any person to install or reinstall for compensation or distribute or sell any previously deployed air bag that is part of an inflatable restraint system if the person knows that the air bag has been previously deployed.

Longtime Autobody News columnist Rich Evans is taking his brand international, having set out in July with a team of nine other automotive experts to Elmsdale, Nova Scotia for the filming of an upcoming episode of “World Wide Car Building with Rich Evans,” a car building show with a cultural twist.

“World Wide Car Building with Rich Evans (WWCB)” is a documentary-style TV series in which Evans collaborates with car builders around the world, engaging the audience in a cultural exchange of creativity, technique, and the universal love for the automobile. In this episode, Rich and crew teamed up with Curtis MacLean of Curtis Customs Designs for a ten-day build in late July. Together, the team built a customized 2004 Hummer H2. Evans also made a public appearance on the Curtis Customs Classic Car Show on July 28 and 29.

Two bills seeking to regulate auto insurance coverage in California saw recent action from lawmakers, including one that would exempt public safety officers from liability in work-related crashes and transfer that liability to the public agency employing the officer.

AB 1551 would apply to firefighters, police officers and other public peace officers using their personal vehicle for work-related functions and duties, barring insurance companies from raising premiums on those policyholders because of crashes while using their cars for those purposes.