Auto parts jobber The Young Automotive Professionals, Port Colborne, Ont., celebrated its 25th anniversary with a combined trade show/customer appreciation event. Held in neighbouring Welland, Ont., the event attracted more than 800 customers to the Bestbuy shareholder’s event. “It’s our 25th anniversary, but if anything this is about customer appreciation,” says co-owner John Grandilli. “Without them, we couldn’t have done what we do for 25 years.” In addition to the customers, 52 exhibitors were in attendance. “What’s nice about having an event like this is that a lot of our customers don’t have many chances to go to a trade show,” says co-owner Claudio Sceppacerqua. “They don’t get to Toronto for events,” — Toronto is two hours away when the traffic cooperates, more when it doesn’t — “so it’s hard for them to go after a day’s work.” Virtually all in attendance had good things to say about the Young Automotive Professionals team. Notables on the roster of attendees were Bestbuy president Jeff Vandesande and group chairman Dale Devlin, owner of Bestbuy shareholder Halton Automotive. “These guys have always done a good job, and have a strong following,” said Devlin. The show featured a number of race cars, engines, and other exhibits. Also on hand were sports celebrities two-time Olympic hockey gold medalist Jennifer Botterill, Olympic hockey gold medalist, and Rob Hitchcock, Grey Cup Winner, Hamilton Tiger Cats.