Professional Carwashing & Detailing

The 10th anniversary contest winner is…

October 11, 2010

Brenton Dickieson of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada, used common sense when ranking his picks for the top news stories of the new millennium.

Professional Car Care Online™ visitors and e-News subscribers were given 10 headlines from the year 2000 and on to rank in descending order of importance and newsworthiness.

Dickieson, the owner and operator of a detail shop that offers services such as detailing, hand washing and paint renewal, came closest to the correct line up. He will receive a $500 gift certificate to Best Buy.

The correct order and a brief description of each news event is listed as follows:

1. Federal rule bans residential washing — 6/29/2004

Clifton Heights, PA — The National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) is a new federal stormwater management regulation that several Pennsylvania communities are discussing ways to enforce.

This federal act prohibits any surface water other than rain from being discharged into a storm sewer. This would include carwashing water, and any oil or other foreign substances.

2. Carwash supplier files for Chapter 11 — 9/4/2003

London — Rowe International, Inc., a supplier of carwash change machines, filed a voluntary petition for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the US Bankruptcy Code in order to facilitate a sale of its operations.

3. Carwash owner gunned down by LA cops — 7/12/2005

Los Angeles — Officials with the Los Angeles Police Department are defending their actions against an intoxicated car-care owner who used his toddler as a shield during a standoff with police.

Jose Raul Pena, the owner of a local carwashing and detailing business, was shot after exchanging fire with police. His daughter was shot and killed when Pena used her as a shield.

4. Exclusive photos of World Trade Center wash — 12/6/2001

New York — After delays necessitated by logistical problems and union trouble, the first truck wash at the former site of the World Trade Center could be operational.

In November, InterClean Equipment Inc., Ann Arbor, MI, received a contract to quickly build three truck washes at the famed Ground Zero site, after the Environmental Protection Agency learned that trucks leaving the site with debris were trekking dangerous asbestos across the city.

5. Employee may be at fault in fatal wash accident — 7/5/2005

Brooklyn, NY — Police reported that an 18-year-old carwash employee was killed when another employee, who does not have a driver’s license, lost control of a car onsite.

The accident happened at the Utica Car Wash when Germain Rodriguez Manguia was drying the back of a vehicle and another employee, Alton Gilling, pulled another car out and hit Manguia.

6. Home Depot begins testing carwashes, c-stores — 6/30/2005 Columbia, SC — By December, customers here will be offered one-stop shopping at several Home Depot stores, which will begin to incorporate convenience stores and carwashes on-site.

7. Supermarket chain enters carwash biz — 8/5/2003

Somerset, PA — Regional supermarket powerhouse Giant Eagle is planning to open its first carwash, gas station and convenience store.

The Pittsburgh-based chain also is planning to offer discounts at the pumps, which stand just across a small parking lot from the Giant Eagle.

8. Car-care chain being sold due to Chapter 11 — 6/5/2003

Lansing, MI — More than 600 Clark convenience stores, gas stations and carwashes are up for sale in nine states as part of the bankruptcy of Clark Retail Enterprise Inc. of Oak Brook, IL.

9. Carwashing investigation airs on Dateline NBC — 8/26/2003

Los Angeles — An undercover carwashing investigation was re-broadcast by the hit national news show Dateline NBC on Aug. 22 during prime time.

The hidden camera investigation occurred when NBC-4 sent two people to work at Los Angeles-area carwashes. At one place, a worker was paid under the table — $25 in cash, just $2.50 an hour, plus another $2 an hour in tips.

10. Massive SUV recall may impact carwashes — 2/12/2004

Detroit — General Motors Corp. has recalled about 636,000 mid-size sport utility vehicles, due to reports of crashes related to electronics that could short-circuit when water leaks into a wiper module.