PARTNERS IN DESIGN

THEY DON’T MAKE THEM LIKE THEY USED TO  BY ALLISON ROGERS  Everyone has that dream car—the one whose engine sends a chill down your spine; the car that, every time you see it, you find yourself wanting more. Personally, my own ‘dream car’ is a 1955 Ford Thunderbird, draped in canary yellow colouring—but I don’t […]

THE RIGHT TO REPAIR

WITHOUT THE FREEDOM OF CUSTOMER CHOICE, YOUR JOB SECURITY HANGS IN THE BALANCE BY MAX REID As an industry, we need to level with the fact that today’s customer experience of getting a vehicle repaired is only a few steps short of a hostage negotiation. Drivers spend their hard-earned savings on vehicles they trust and […]

LEARNING CURVE

BIG STRIDES FOR AUTOMOTIVE PAINTERS  BY ROS MACDONALD When asked how collision repair has changed over the last two decades, most members of the industry will simply respond with, “how hasn’t it changed?” Automotive coatings are just one of the industry verticals to have been uprooted in recent decades. If we flip back the calendar […]

THAT’S A WRAP

THE CASE FOR AUTOMOTIVE WRAPS  BY KATE NG Are paints going out of fashion in the autobody industry? The nitty-gritty of the answer comes down to economics. In terms of application, painting is an extended process. The steps of sanding, priming and layering are done in thin layers over time, finished off with a protective […]

BEFORE YOUR VERY EYES

EXTENDED REALITY TRAINING AS A GATEWAY TO HANDS-ON TECHNIQUES  BY ALLISON ROGERS “Our XR requires very little handholding and can be quickly setup for an entire classroom. Students love it because it’s engaging and challenging.” — Stephen Perron VP and managing partner, Cognisco Technologies What if you could paint a car in the comfort of your […]

HOT RODS GALORE, TRUCKS ON TANKS AND MORE

FOR THE FIRST TIME IN TWO YEARS, MOTORAMA HITS TORONTO  PHOTOS, STORY BY ALLISON ROGERS  Hundreds of auto enthusiasts cascaded upon Toronto’s International Centre from April 29 through May 1 for the Motorama Custom Car and Motorsports Expo’s first event in two years. The event filled more than 25,000 square metres (25,000 sq.-ft.) of the […]

Shattering Stereotypes

Meghan McEwen THIS TRIPLE-THREAT TALENT IS ONLY GETTING STARTED  BY KATE NG It wasn’t just the logo on the Mustang that caught Meghan McEwen’s eyes as a child. The aggressive curves of the 1999-2004 Mustang, drag racers on tv deploying parachutes and howling car engines were some of the memories that led her to an established […]

CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS?!

DOMESTIC DRIFT  If you can’t find a racetrack close to home, bring the racetrack home. Takeshi Teruya of Hamilton, New Zealand spent $10,500 converting his family’s driveway into a private drift course, as a way of battling boredom during the pandemic. Teruya said that the motivation behind building the track was “to do something fun […]

TRAINING

MOBILE MODULES  Secondary students in the Ottawa area can expect the world of skilled trades to be rolling up to their school’s doors sometime soon, as the St. Lawrence College Mobile Skills Training Lab makes its way through the area. The lab has been making its rounds through the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) […]

TECH TRENDS

BEHOLD THE BETA  Tesla’s “Full Self-Driving” beta has officially launched in Canada amid a wave of social media hype and some unforeseen hiccups. With the 2022.4.5.20 software update, Canada becomes the first country outside of the U.S. to join the beta. The excitement of the launch was dampened for Toronto-area drivers who found self-driving service […]