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Pinewood Derby Building Day held for Dale City scouts

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Dale City scouts gained hands-on experience at Steve’s Auto Repair.

Members of Cub Scout Pack 1373 participated in a Pinewood Derby Building Day.

We hosted the program at our Woodbridge auto repair shop, 2603 Hanco Center Drive, on January 20.

This annual tradition provides scouts and their families access to the space and tools they need to make pinewood derby cars.

The scouts, ranging from kindergarten through fifth-grade, were responsible for designing and painting their vehicles. Adults provided help and guidance, as needed.

Our Pinewood Derby Building Day and community support

Steve’s Auto Repair started sponsoring local pinewood derbies in 2013. It held its first Pinewood Derby Building Day a few years later.

“We look forward to this event each year,” Steve’s Auto Repair Owner Scott Whitling said. “It’s great seeing the kids prepare for the races. Plus, we’re able to support an organization that’s helping them learn valuable skills.”

Scout groups that would like to set up pinewood derby building days can call Steve’s Auto Repair at (703) 670-8005 and ask for Scott.

Scouting is one of the Prince William County organizations our autoshop helps. We also support the Prince William County/Manassas Boys & Girls Clubs and are a corporate member of the Lake Ridge Rotary Club

Last year, we sponsored the Lake Ridge Lancers and Dale City Little League.

“We are a big proponent of giving back to the community that we serve,” Whittling added.

Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire is an authorized Goodyear tire dealer located near Lake Ridge, Virginia. Automotive repair services are performed on all makes and models, including BMW and Mercedes. Services include oil changes, brakes, alignments, inspections, and computer engine diagnostics.

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Steve’s Auto Repair joins Lake Ridge Rotary Club

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Steve’s Auto Repair and Tire is partnering with a community service organization.

Today, we became a corporate member of Lake Ridge Rotary Club.

“Lake Ridge Rotary is doing many good things in Prince William County,” Steve’s Auto Repair Owner ST Billingsley said. “Supporting our community has been a big focus of ours for years. We are proud to be a part of an organization that seeks to do the same.”

Rotary International sign.Established in 1988, the group serves others through a variety of projects. They include providing backpacks for Belmont Elementary School students, raising flags to honor heroes, ringing the bell for the Salvation Army, and collecting donations in a Done-In-A-Day Food & Coat Drive.

Lake Ridge Rotary Club also raises funds for local non-profits through different events, like its annual Celebrity Luncheon.

Members of the club meet at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesdays at Clearbrook Center of the Arts, 2230 Tacketts Mill Dr B.

You can learn more about Lake Ridge Rotary Club by visiting its website and Facebook page.

Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire is an authorized Goodyear tire dealer located in Woodbridge, Virginia. Automotive repair services are performed on all makes and models, including BMW and Mercedes. Services include oil changes, brakes, alignments, inspections, and computer engine diagnostics.

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Steve’s Auto Repair sponsoring Lake Ridge Lancers Swim Team

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Many youth are spending their summer preparing for and competing in swim meets.

Steve’s Auto Repair and Tire is supporting one of the local swim programs. We are a gold level sponsor of the Lake Ridge Lancers Swim Team this season.

Attendees of a Lake Ridge Lancers swim meet.

The organization is a part of the Prince William Swim League (PWSL). Those 18 years old and younger who live in the Woodbridge and Lake Ridge areas may participate.

Through the program, swimmers are able to grow in their abilities and strengthen character traits.

Swimming hits close to home for Steve’s Auto Repair and Tire Owner ST Billingsley, who swam competitively during high school. 

“These are experiences that kids will remember and gain from,” Billingsley said. “We are proud to be supporting the Lake Ridge Lancers Swim Team, which is helping them master important skills.”

Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire is an authorized Goodyear tire dealer located near Dale City, Virginia. Automotive repair services are performed on all makes and models, including BMW and Mercedes. Services include oil changes, brakes, alignments, inspections, and computer engine diagnostics.

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How being a Prince William Chamber member benefits businesses

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Steve’s Auto Repair has been a member of the Prince William Chamber of Commerce for many years.

ST Billingsley, owner of our Woodbridge auto repair shop, recently spoke about one of the benefits of being a chamber member.

You can see the video interview here:

This is the video transcription:

Hi, my name is ST Billingsley, owner of Steve’s Auto Repair and Tire in Woodbridge, Virginia; member of the Prince William County Chamber of Commerce; board member for the boys and girls club here in Prince William; and also a board member of the Virginia Automotive Association. And one of the things that a lot of people don’t realize is why it’s important to be a member of the chamber. We have worked with the chamber over the years even with the Virginia Automotive Association.

Well – when Ross Snare was here, we would work on certain government issues or maybe there was, you know, a delegate trying to put some laws in or some rules in that we’re actually going to hurt our industry. 

There was one rule that was coming through that had to do with the technicians actually having to stop work at a certain time, and it was actually going to affect their pay. 

The other things we work on things are such as diagnostic labor tax. We were able to get something through for saving the consumer money but also where the small business can avoid penalties through any kind of audit. And this is one of the things that the chamber helps work on. 

And if [what] you’re wondering is like, “What does the chamber do, other than just going and meeting people and making connections?” All that’s very important but also they’re looking out for what is happening legislative wise. 

Also what’s happening in the legislative – legislative wise with the county. If the district supervisors are trying to put rules in that are going to affect the business, that’s one of the things that they work on so we can actually, you know, try to talk to them see what’s going on try to you know you know protect our, you know, protect our businesses so we can actually keep people employed. It’s very important. 

So, that’s one of the reasons why over the years – I don’t remember how many it is, I know it’s probably over 10 by now – that being a member of the chamber of commerce is important.

Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire is an authorized Goodyear tire dealer located in Woodbridge, Virginia. Automotive repair services are performed on all makes and models, including BMW and Mercedes. Services include oil changes, brakes, alignments, inspections, and computer engine diagnostics.

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Steve’s Auto Repair hosts girl scouts for Pinewood Derby workshop

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Local girl scouts are about to go head-to-head with their peers.

A Powderpuff pinewood derby is expected to take place on Saturday. Steve’s Auto Repair recently helped members of Girl Scout Troop 02372 prepare for the upcoming races.

We hosted our first pinewood derby workshop for girl scouts. 

On April 29, more than 15 youth participated in the event that was held at our Woodbridge auto repair shop.

Dremels, belt sanders, and band saws were used to shape pieces of wood into Pinewood Derby cars.

Supporting scouts for 10 years

Steve’s Auto Repair has been supporting pinewood derby programs for 10 years. We started by sponsoring competitions. This transitioned into pinewood derby workshops when our owners realized that a lot of scouts lack the tools and space to make pinewood derby cars.

In previous years, our autoshop has held these events for local cub scouts. In February, we received an email from a parent whose daughter is in Girl Scout Troop 02372. His son had participated in one of our Pinewood Derby workshops.

“Supporting our community is very important to us, and hosting these workshops is one way we can do that,” Steve’s Auto Repair Owner Scott Whitling said. “We appreciate the opportunity to help troop members create cars so they can take part in the upcoming race.”

Based out of the Coles District, Girl Scout Troop 02372 is made up of sixth, seventh and eighth-grade students. 

Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire is an authorized Goodyear tire dealer located in Woodbridge, Virginia. Automotive repair services are performed on all makes and models, including BMW and Mercedes. Services include oil changes, brakes, alignments, inspections, and computer engine diagnostics.