The Snap-on Tools of Triumph Tour will be rolling into Winnipeg on Tuesday, with a trio of fully equipped transport trailers loaded with tools and a pair of mobile Snap-on garages. The event, taking place in the parking lot of the Grant Park Pony Corral Restaurant, is free and open to the public.
Highlights will include the opportunity to race others in the Snap-on Speedway racing simulator and the chance to test your pit-crew skills against others in the Tools of Triumph Challenge — a timed competition that tests skills on a simulated pit road in which times are stacked up against competitors from across the country.
For nearly 100 years, long before the term “automotive technician” was coined, Snap-on has been the name professional mechanics trust for tools. Founded in Milwaukee, Wis., in 1920, the business began by manufacturing and marketing a set of 10 sockets that would “snap on” to five interchangeable handles. Today the company employs nearly 12,000 people worldwide, is worth about US$9.5 billion and produces hand, air and electric tools designed for professional use in all facets of the transportation industry.
While the growth of Snap-on surely can be attributed to the superior quality of its tools, the way it sells those tools has also played a key role in the company’s success. Following the Second World War, Snap-on developed a business model which allowed salesmen to become independent dealers. Walk-in vans loaded with tools were utilized to market and deliver a growing product line directly to the customer.
As a young wannabe mechanic, the sight of the Snap-on truck rolling up was always an exciting event. Although I chose a different career path, those Snap-on tools I purchased nearly 30 years ago have served me well. They may have been expensive, but they are still the go-to ratchets, sockets, wrenches and drivers in my tool chest. They have stood the test of time and they just feel right in my hands.
Please join us for the Snap-on Tools of Triumph Tour — it promises to be great fun, and who knows, you may just be the fastest wrench in town!
Snap-on Tools of Triumph Tour
Tuesday, July 18
4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Pony Corral Restaurant & Bar, Grant Park location, 400 Wilton St.