Winnipeg Free Press

Winnipeg Benz boss wins prestigious award

by Myron Love  . Oct 05 2018
Myron Love / Winnipeg Free PressBrian Lowes, president of Mercedes-Benz Winnipeg, is the Canadian Automobile Dealers Association 2018 retailer laureate for his outstanding achievement within an individual dealership.

Myron Love / Winnipeg Free Press

Brian Lowes, president of Mercedes-Benz Winnipeg, is the Canadian Automobile Dealers Association 2018 retailer laureate for his outstanding achievement within an individual dealership.

Brian Lowes, president of Mercedes-Benz Winnipeg, is a Canadian Automobile Dealers Association laureate winner for 2018.

The annual laureate competition starts with about 500 nominees across Canada. The nominees are narrowed down to five in each category: retailer, ambassadorship and innovation. Professors from the Ivey School of Business at Western University select the three winners.

Lowes — who was named retailer laureate — was selected for his outstanding achievement within an individual dealership. “Brian Lowes stands out in a field crowded with incredibly well-run and profitable organizations,” the judges said. “He has taken an underperforming dealership to No. 2 in profitability in his performance group and won the Star Dealer award each year from 2015 to 2017.”

“This is a huge honour,” Lowes said. “There are so many other great dealers in the category.”

Lowes gives much of the credit to his 90-strong staff.

New GM at Crown Acura

Rory Egan is the new general manager at Crown Acura. Egan has been in auto sales for the past 11 years — mostly in management. “It has been my long-term goal to become a general manager,” Egan said. “So far, I am very impressed by the product here and by the level of customer service at Crown Acura. I am also excited about working for the Crown Auto Group and the extent of their resources. I expect to be able to learn a lot here as I grow into my new role.”

Nott Autocorp donates sporting goods

Staff at Nott Autocorp recently delivered 40 reconditioned bikes and a large number of skates, hockey sticks, balls and other sporting equipment to Dufferin School. The delivery was a culmination of several months during which the luxury auto dealer encouraged Manitobans to donate bicycles and other used sporting equipment as part of a new charitable initiative to help local kids. The dealership dedicated a truck, trailer and driver to pick up the donated equipment on weekends.

Local racer reaches podium

Sheldon Root, owner of Motion Performance on Main Street, placed third in his class at Hot Rod Drag Week last month in Atlanta. The event puts competitors to a gruelling test over five days of drag racing, requiring racers to drive their vehicles on a specified route from city to city, upwards of 1,600 kilometres. During the competition, drivers must provide photographic evidence to prove they have adhered to the prescribed route.

Root built his 1962 Pontiac Acadian from the frame up and specially designed and built the trailer he towed throughout Drag Week.

On the track, he covered the quarter-mile in 7.93 seconds at 169.98 m.p.h.

Manitoba speed demon

In August, Manitoba Motorsports Hall of Fame 2013 inductee Ted Hector set a new land-speed record aboard a 1942 Harley Davidson UL motorcycle at Bonneville Speedway in Utah.

The purpose-built motorcycle achieved speeds of 132.242 m.p.h. through the measured mile on the down run and 126.675 m.p.h. on the return run, for an average speed of 129.459 m.p.h. and a new American Motorcycle Association national record in vintage class.

The flathead-engine-powered motorcycle was built by Hector of Alonsa and Gary MacDonald of McCreary and sponsored by Dean Capp Transport in Alonsa.

The bike, now highly modified, originated from a Second World War army base in Quebec, and in later years saw use as MacDonald’s daily rider.

Bonneville Speedway is an area of the Bonneville Salt Flats near Wendover, Utah, which is marked out for motorsports. It is particularly noted as the venue for numerous land-speed records.

— with files from Willy Williamson

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Myron Love / Winnipeg Free PressRory Egan is the new general manager at Crown Acura.

Myron Love / Winnipeg Free Press

Rory Egan is the new general manager at Crown Acura.

SuppliedWinnipegger Sheldon Root placed third in his class at Hot Rod Drag Week last month in Atlanta.

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Winnipegger Sheldon Root placed third in his class at Hot Rod Drag Week last month in Atlanta.

SuppliedTed Hector set a new land-speed record in August aboard this 1942 Harley Davidson UL on the Salt Flats at Bonneville Speedway in Utah.

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Ted Hector set a new land-speed record in August aboard this 1942 Harley Davidson UL on the Salt Flats at Bonneville Speedway in Utah.