The North American love affair with the automobile is legendary. In fact, for over fifty-seven years, custom car shows have paid tribute to the innovative workmanship that continuously re-invents and improves the vehicles of yesterday and today. Championship Auto Shows (CASI), the undisputed leader in indoor custom car show production, produces the largest show series in the business: better known under the monikers of Autorama or World of Wheels. Close to 20 events are held annually across the United States and Canada.
Hot rods are always at the heart of each show, but in recent years the composition has expanded to include manufacturers' displays. As a result, today's shows appeal equally to those who own competition cars, specialty and concept vehicles and those who dream about owning them.
The two World of Wheels events in Alberta, the Edmonton event presented by Carlson, provided a chance to check out some of Western Canada's finest hot rods, custom cars, restored motorcycles and trucks. In addition, at the Calgary event attendees got a chance to witness the annual Pedal Car Challenge, part of Student Career Day sponsored by Carlson.
The Pedal Car challenge provides an excellent opportunity for a team of automotive students from local high schools to apply their technical skills. The hands-on projects involve planning, design, creativity, productivity and resourcefulness. In other words, it's a great starting point for a career in collision repair.
"It is an outstanding event and we were thrilled to be part of Student Career Day again this year," says Jamie Corbeil, Southern Alberta Sales Manager for Carlson Body Shop Supply. "It’s exciting to see the students so engaged through their pedals car designs. We hope events like this will continue to attract the next generation of skilled technicians into the collision repair industry!"
Participating schools were provided with one pedal car to customize and show off at the event. Student Career day kicked off with a general discussion in the auditorium with over 500 students in attendance, with guest speakers from many sectors of the automotive industry. Student Day is designed to help encourage students to follow their passion for the automobile and consider careers in the automotive industry.
Carlson Body Shop Supply also contributed paint and body shop supplies, in parts from funds raised during the Chip Foose silent auction the company held in May 2016 at the Calgary Color Compass Training Centre.
As part of the Pedal Car Challenge, each participating high school received a package of materials which enabled them to follow the typical collision repair process from metal work, to sanding and preparation to final paint procedures. BASF provided the schools with the colours they would need to express their creativity. The technical sales team from Carlson Body Shop Supply assisted the schools with product application and procedures.
Aside from the participation at the Student Career Day and being the presenting sponsor in Edmonton, Carlson also had a presence on the show floor with two outstanding looking booths in both Edmonton and Calgary. Those who stopped by got the chance to see a mini Carlson storefront, some eye-catching muscle cars, and the new show stopping Zrylliant paint products from BASF. Carlson GM Dave Swenson was even interviewed by City TV in Edmonton, Hollywood may come calling Dave!
Special thank you to all of the Carlson and BASF staff who devoted their time in Calgary and Edmonton to make these shows a success!
Car-O-Liner has announced that Color Compass Corporation is now distributing the company's equipment in British Columbia.
"We are extremely excited to be working with Car-O-Liner Company and look forward to a great partnership", said Mort Hall, General Manager of Color Compass Corporation. "Car-O-Liner gives us an exciting and respected product line to offer to our clientele which in turn will only make them more efficient and profitable."
Car-O-Liner manufactures solutions and equipment for repair and alignment, including frame racks and measuring systems.
"Car-O-Liner is very proud to partner with Color Compass and we see great opportunity to serve our customers better as we continue to grow at a rapid pace," said Doug Bortz Director of Sales & Marketing for Car-O-Liner. "Color Compass is a well-respected supplier for much of Canada and they came highly recommended directly from their customers. We are excited to work with Mort Hall, Tim Shay and Color Compass in British Columbia."
On September 8th Color Compass and PBE Distributors held its first charity golf tournament of the year at the beautiful Morgan Creek Golf Course in Surrey, British Columbia. All proceeds from the tournament go to support Color Compass' charity of choice in BC, the BC Children's Hospital. The day started out with your typical west coast late summer weather, but eventually cleared up and the golfers were treated to a beautiful, sunny day. Color Compass staff and customers were joined by representatives of vendor partners and other industry stakeholders, with a total of 160 golfers participating in the 24th annual tournament. Two short weeks later, on September 21st, PBE and Color Compass again hosted its annual Eastern Charity Golf Classic at Glencairn Golf Club in Halton Hills, Ont. This year's tournament was the 20th anniversary of the event, which drew stakeholders from across a number of segments of the auto repair industry. All proceeds from the Eastern Charity Golf Classic go to benefit the Children’s Hospital of Western Ontario at London Health Sciences. In addition to a great round of golf using Texas Scramble rules, the day also included a BBQ lunch sponsored by BASF and a dinner followed by awards, prizes and 50/50 cash draws.
Sponsors For Both Events were 3M, BASF, Saint Gobain, Valspar, Pro Form and AkzoNobel.
Vancouver, BC -- Since 2007, BC-based White and Peters Ltd. has been doing their part to support the next generation of collision repair technicians, offering scholarships to hard working, high-performing students at Vancouver Community College’s automotive programs.
This year, there were two recipients of the annual award. Enrique Ruiz Esparza Duenas and Jason Sherle will share the $5,000 offered up by the auto body and spray equipment supplier.
Generally awarded to students who may appreciate it most, VCC Foundation Director Nancy Nesbitt said the scholarship would go a long way to supporting the education of both Duenas and Sherle.
"Because of the generous gift White and Peters has donated, two students were recently recognized for their achievements. Receiving financial support is special, but it is truly heartwarming to see students’ confidence grow when recognized for their hard work," Nesbitt said.
She added, "The impact of your generosity reaches far beyond awards’ day."
Since launching the scholarship almost a decade ago, White and Peters has donated close to $50,000 to students looking to form a career in the collision repair industry. General Manager of the organization Mort Hall said he was happy to be able to give back to the industry and invest in the next generation.
"We’ve been members of the Vancouver and lower mainland community for close to 55 years and it has always been our philosophy to support the next generation, who maybe wouldn’t have all of the opportunities available to them," Hall said. "In partnership with BASF, supporting the excellent VCC program at the grassroots level does exactly that"
Hall pointed out that it wasn’t just students at VCC that benefitted from the company’s generosity, noting White and Peters had similar scholarships in place with several other post-secondary institutions.
"We also support technical college’s in the Okanagan and Northern BC. It is a great pleasure of ours to see the students that have been awarded the scholarships working and making a difference in the various body shops throughout the lower mainland and the province," Hall added.
Vancouver, British Columbia - An old, yet completely brand new, 1950's Chevrolet bread delivery truck is set to be one of the rarest and most unusual pieces at a premier auto auction in the US this fall.
When Mort Hall, of the BC-based spray and auto body supplier White & Peters, enrolled the help of a longtime friend to put together a special 50th anniversary piece for the company, he had no idea he would find himself in possession of one of the very few renovated motorized "baskets" on the continent.
But that's exactly what wound up happening after Rick Francouer and his team over at 360 Fabrication took in the unique 1951 Chevy "Grumman." Over the course of seven months back in 2012 and 2013, the group completely gutted the vehicle, taking it from a run-down, back yard recluse to a one of a kind, head-turning beauty on wheels.
"This is one of the most unique projects I've ever been a part of," Francouer told Collision Repair magazine. "We literally had to drag this thing into the shop on a fork lift when we found it, because the wheels wouldn’t turn."
After some much-needed TLC, which included the installation of a new power train, Art Morrison chassis, "high performance" 283, 400 horsepower motor, four-wheel disc brakes, top of the line sound system and lavish 1950s diner theme interior, the truck, bought for an initial $4,000, was ready to roll.
"We had some serious, serious fun fixing that truck up," Francouer told.
From the shop, it was handed over to Hall, who spent the next four years showcasing the machine, under the White and Peters name, at various events and functions across the west coast. Now, in 2016 and valued at approximately $248,000, Hall is ready to do with the truck what he always intended on doing selling it in the name of charity.
"It was always our intention, right from the get go, to eventually donate whatever vehicle we got for the anniversary to charity," Hall said. "It's such a beautiful vehicle and we've had some fun with it, but now I'd really like to see it moved on and have all the proceeds raised through the sale go to charity."
Benefitting from this generosity will be Shriners Hospitals for Children, a network of 22 non-profit medical facilities operating throughout North America.
"We’re super excited that White & Peters are giving this money to the Shriners, it's a great cause and if we're able to get $250,000 for the piece, that’s an awful lot of money that’s going to help a lot of kids across the US and Canada," Francouer said.
The truck is owned by Color Compass Corporation, the parent company of White & Peters, Chase Auto Body Supplies, Carlson Body Shop Supplies, PBE Distributors and Rocky Mountain Sales, and will be traveling south to Las Vegas later this year to feature in a Barrett-Jackson auction, taking place at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino from Oct. 13 to the 15.
"There are a lot of people down there in the States that like to throw their money at things just like this, so who knows, maybe we’ll get a really nice sum," said Francouer, who will be heading down to Vegas to check out the auction. "My brother is really into this style of vehicle and I think he would have liked to buy it. Maybe he'll be heading down there to bid!"
Article courtesy of Collision Repair Magazine
Calgary, Alberta -- Inspiring minds through inspiring people. That was the theme of the evening on Friday May 6th, when legendary custom car wizard Chip Foose dropped by an event hosted by Carlson Body Shop Supply and BASF in Calgary—allowing the industry to nurture the next generation of auto collision specialists.
"We're trying to give back, to encourage more youth to come into our industry," said Jamie Corbeil, Sales Manager for Carlson Body Shop Supply. " we need them. The event was also a way for Carlson Body Shop Supply to show appreciation for our valued customers and thank them for their business."
Foose—best known for his long-running automotive makeover reality TV program Overhaulin'—was the centerpiece of the event to lend support towards struggling auto body programs at five Calgary high schools.
"He custom-designed three pedal cars, very similar to the ones students designed for World of Wheels," Corbeil said, referring to the auto show's Pedal Car Custom Challenge, pitting local students against each other to create tricked-out custom mini-cars.
Auctioned off Friday night, the three Foose originals netted a little over $4,000.
"They're in desperate need of funding for their program, everything from materials to equipment to training," Corbeil said. "'s critical for us. What we're trying to do is encourage youth to come into the collision industry, and let them know there are lots of opportunities, not just as technicians but also as future damage appraisers and production managers."
With the number of high school graduates entering trade schools on the decline, getting the younger set to consider the skilled trades as a career option is vital, according to event attendee Doug Wiebe of collision repair supply firm Caruk & Associates.
"We have a deficit of technicians in this business," he said. " we can get more people coming in at the bottom end again, it's really important because our industry is aging."
Also on hand Friday were the build team from Calgary's Bishop Grandin High School, whose rumble-seat rocking roadster won best-in-show at February's World of Wheels.
Gary Thoreson is an instructor at Bishop Grandin. He said such initiatives are vital in ensuring the collision repair industry gets a steady stream of fresh talent.
"Good body shop kids coming out of high schools are hard to find," he said. "We try to run with the trades and get the kids trained into something they know they can get a job—by the time people come out of university, the kids that are working in the trades have already made their money."
Entering Carlson's meticulously spotless Training Centre to a welcome usually reserved for a rock star, Foose's influence on the auto body industry is hard to ignore, said Corbeil.
"Chip's not only a very talented designer, he's just overall a great human," he said. " genuinely cares about the future of the industry, and takes a lot of pride in what he does—a really good representative for the collision industry."
Vancouver, British Columbia -- Color Compass Corporation has received the Pro Spot International Distributor of the Year award, presented at the 2015 SEMA Show. In essence, this award is given to the distributor who sold the most Pro Spot product in the last year, but there’s much more to it than that.
"The primary driver is your sales, but it also takes into consideration the support mechanism that follows the sale," says Russell Duncan, an equipment specialist with Color Compass Corporation who accepted the award. "They look into the training you provide and the service level you provide to your customer base. With every unit we sold, we were installing, training and offering service throughout. Rather than selling the unit and letting the customer deal with whatever came up, we really made sure that we were on hand to help them find success."
Color Compass Corporation's win becomes even more impressive once you know that. The sales figures alone are impressive, when you consider that Color Compass Corporation was being measured against large organizations in the US where the market is approximately ten times the size. How did they do it?
First, the company put a dedicated person in charge of the program. For the last year, Duncan’s sole responsibility was welding and certification of collision repair facilities. Second, they didn’t limit their calls to current Color Compass customers.
"We were offering a complete consultative process to every shop and MSO, not just our paint customers," says Duncan. " we weren't coming in to threaten existing paint business, we received a lot of cooperation."
There's a third piece to the puzzle as well. Duncan also stresses that it wasn’t simply about making the sale, but about really consulting with the collision facility and determining what was needed in each case.
"We weren’t going in and saying 'Here’s a welding package!' or 'Here’s an aluminum package!' We really look at what the customer already has and what they really need. In some cases, they already had equipment that they could use for some operations, so we would sell them what they needed to fill the gaps," he says.
Putting their customers’ interests first paid off. Duncan says that word spread quickly, and soon he and his team became the go-to people for welding in western Canada. Color Compass Corporation intends to bring the same methods to Ontario next, through its subsidiary PBE Distributors.
Courtesy of Collision Repair Magazine