Success at the 27th Annual Lordco Tradeshow
VANCOUVER, BC – Lordco Parts Ltd., BC’s largest distributor and retailer of automotive parts and accessories, hosted their 27th annual trade show on April 3rd and 4th at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver, BC. Close to 16,000 people filled the arena floor and, concourse, along with the entire Agrodome to see some of Lordco’s many vendors showcasing product from each of their 11 divisions including; Automotive, High Performance, Truck Accessories, RV/Marine/Outdoors, Import, Paint & Body, Tools, Equipment, Chemicals, Welding and Engine Parts. Open to Lordco customers, this annual tradeshow entertains the year’s best pricing for those who attend and gives a chance for their suppliers to highlight product to their key audience in Canada’s largest automotive tradeshow.
This year included a variety of exciting giveaways including long-standing Canadian company Kleen-Flo’s 2017 Jeep Wrangler. The most sought after prize included serval high performance and accessory add-ons from Aries, Curt, Warn, Yakima, Rancho, Undercover Truck Bed Covers, Bushwacker and BrightSource HID. “Kleen-Flo is a 100% Canadian owned business who’ve been around for 79 years. We are proud to partner with Lordco who is another long-standing Canadian company, and it’s been a thrill to work on this campaign with its partners”, says Chris Osborne, Vice President of Kleen-Flo. The lucky ballot was pulled at 9pm on the final day of the tradehow and Rob Zimmer of Zimmer Wheaton Pontiac Buick GMC Ltd. won this year’s grand prize. Armorall and STP offered a Richard Petty signed STP auto hood which went to Mr. James Aubit, and Bosch’s Cube Reaction Race 500 bike valued at $4,000 was drawn and given to Brian’s General Auto Service out of Delta.
In addition to the flow of endless mini donuts and hand shaking, Canadian race car driver and this year’s Daytona 500 participant DJ Kennington stopped by the Castrol booth to visit incoming race fans. Each attendee was greeted at the front door with his 2018 Toyota Camry and gave fans, big and small, a chance to view this glorious vehicle brought over by the Gaunt Brothers Racing Team.
The Lordco team brought out their smart phones to give those unable to attend an inside peek into the event through Facebook Live streaming – which are all available to view at www.facebook.com/lordcoparts . The team toured around various divisions introducing vendors who chatted about their newest and most popular items available in store, items that not everyone knows Lordco carries such as camping, outdoor, bike and marine gear. Photos of the event can be found under the tradeshow album on Facebook.
“It was another great year for the Lordco tradeshow! We noticed our crowd exceeded the following years events making this our largest tradeshow to date. We want to thank the many vendors that travelled from all over North America to exhibit at our event – including a few that came all the way from Europe in promotion of our growing import division. We hope our customers had a fabulous time and we thank them as a whole for supporting Lordco and making it to the event. A big thanks goes to our Marketing Team for their hard work, ingenuity and skill in making the Lordco 27th Annual Tradeshow a reality once again. The support of this team and the other employees at Lordco who chipped in to help run the show makes us real proud” – Doug Coates, CEO Lordco Parts Ltd.
Get Geared up for Spring
With spring around the corner and some of the most sought after surroundings right here within arm’s reach, chances are you are starting to brainstorm the destinations you’d like to travel to this year. Lordco is well known for being the provinces go-to for automotive parts and accessories, but did you know that Lordco also carries a large line of gear to help make your camping trip exceptional? Our team of qualified outdoors specialists here at Lordco compiled a list of items that you’ll want to check out before you next camping trip.
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The Babby McBag is a light weight, super comfortable and easy to inflate lounger. There is no need for a pump, all you do is swish it side to side to fil up.
Kuma Sleeping Bags – NEW to Lordco
Lordco carries three types of sleeping bags that will keep you cozy and warm, even in sub-zero temperatures.
Sportstuff Adventure Paddle Board Kit – NEW to Lordco
Get ready for a fun day on the water with this SPORTSSTUFF Adventure 1030 Paddleboard. It is a high-pressure inflatable board that’s lightweight and fast. This SPORTSSTUFF paddleboard feels very similar to a hard board (can be inflated to 15 psi) and supports paddlers up to 220 lbs.
Rayovac Indestructible Lantern
Tested for distance and durability, the 3-D Outdoor Lantern from Rayovac craves the outdoor lifestyle. Featuring ANSI IPX7 water submersible technology, camping enthusiasts can toss this light in the water with no worries.
The Outland Firebowl has the sentiment of a traditional campfire, without the tireless back bending and fabric clinging smoke! Adding an authentic ambience to any atmosphere, the Outland Firebowl Premium is portable and convenient and perfect when there’s a fire ban on.
Yakima Racks – NEW to Lordco
Yakima is the world’s leading brand of car racks, including roof racks, bike racks, hitch racks, and many more for all of life’s adventures.
Kuma Lazy Bear Chairs
Supreme comfortability and ample space to kick back and relax. Fully padded seating including a convenient insulated drink holder. One size fits all, rated to 350 lbs.
Camco RhinoFLEX Sewer Hose
Allows you to connect your RhinoFLEX hose to any sewer hose that has a bayonet fitting. Reusable locking ring provides a secure odortight connection without hose clamps. Stores in 4″ bumper.
Rightline Pop Up Tent
Why struggle with poles and set up when you can just pop up! This water-resistant tent is great for adults and perfect for introducing kids to camping. When it is folded down and stored in the carry bag it is easy to keep in your vehicle for spontaneous camping or use at festivals.
CANADIAN RACER DJ KENNINGTON QUALIFIES FOR THE DAYTONA 500
MAPLE RIDGE, BC – On Sunday February 26, 2017 Canadian racer DJ Kennington will line up for the ‘Great American Race’ at the Daytona 500 in Florida. The Daytona 500 is regarded as the most important and prestigious race on the NASCAR calendar, carrying by far the largest purse. This past week Kennington broke through two qualifying rounds to gain access to this event. It’s been since 1988 that a Canadian has gripped hands on the steering wheel amongst North America’s finest to complete in the Super Bowl of stock car racing. If there’s something for Canada to be proud of right now, it’s the effort and determination that Kennington has brought to the race.
Kennington is from St. Thomas, Ontario is a two-time NASCAR Pinty’s Series champion and 19-time Pinty’s Series race winner. He has made 56 career starts in the NASCAR’s three national divisions, including his Cup Series debut last fall at the Phoenix International Speedway. Since the age of four he’s watched the Daytona 500 and has never missed one. This is his 24th year of racing.
Gaunt Brothers Racing has put together a 2018 Toyota Camry for Kennington to take on the world’s biggest stock car race. “It’s a dream come true to have the opportunity to race in the Daytona 500. Years of hard work and a lot of people helping along the way has made this possible.” Says Kennington. “So far my experience with Gaunt Brothers Racing has been nothing but amazing, a great group of people and a professional race team has given me the support to get this far.”
“There was one time that looked like (Kennington) was going to lose the draft. Robby [Benton, Kennington’s spotter] talked him through splitting the wake to get back through there. D.J. came on and said, ‘Wow, I’m learning a lot. I’m going to school.’ Then he came back through and caught the tail end of the draft. He’s been watching tapes, Robby’s been talking to him about what we need to see. D.J. did everything he needed to do to make the 500.” says Marty Gaunt, team owner of Gaunt Brothers Racing.
British Columbia based auto parts distributor Lordco Parts Ltd. and Castrol (Wakefield Canada) have teamed up to sponsor Kennington’s race to the finish. “How exciting it is to have a car in the race, especially one that sports a Canadian maple leaf on the side”, says Lordco CEO Doug Coates. “Lordco’s late owner Ed Coates would be no doubt proud of this moment. To see the Lordco brand race along the best of the best with Kennington behind the wheel, it just doesn’t get any better than that.” It’s known to all Lordco staff and those tied into the company that this was Ed’s favorite racing event and had attended it since 1988 before his passing in 2014.
There will be a lot more noise from America’s neighbour this Sunday as Canadians cheer Kennington in the Daytona 500.
Lordco Tradeshow Registration Open
Join us at the 27th annual Lordco trade show at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver, on April 3rd and 4th. The Lordco tradeshow features over 400 automotive manufacturers showcasing product from our 11 divisions, specials that are not in our catalogue and can only be purchased while in attendance at the tradeshow, FREE admission, FREE parking and complimentary food and refreshments.
This annual event requires pre-registration for anyone wanting immediate access to the event. Register for your pre-mailed badge to avoid line ups and wait time. Pre-register by completing the online form here.
This trade show has on average 20,000 attendees, giving our suppliers a very large audience. Attendees travel from all over British Columbia to attend this well-known event and we hope to see you there!
Lordco Opens Largest Parts Inventory Store for the North Western Area in Smithers
Lordco Parts Ltd., BC’s largest distributor and retailer of automotive parts and accessories, is opening up its newest location in Smithers, British Columbia. Approximately halfway between Prince George and Prince Rupert, Smithers is located in the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako and has a population of 5,404. With Smithers considered the service hub for most of this valley, Lordco feels its presence here will satisfy the automotive needs of those in the town and surrounding areas quickly and efficiently.
The 13,000 square foot store is set to open on January 24th at 8:00am and can be found at #1260 – 3364 Hwy 16. Lordco houses an extensive line of automotive parts and accessories which include 11 product divisions; Automotive, Chemicals, Engine Parts, Equipment, High Performance, Import, Paint/Body, RV/Marine, Tools, Truck Accessories and Welding. Lordco anticipates its high performance truck accessories will be very popular in this 4×4 and pick up heavy area of BC. The new Lordco store has a large parking lot that can accommodate RV shoppers and tourists passing through the town requiring parts and recreational items that Lordco features all year round.
“We are very excited with our new location in Smithers! As a BC company, we look at Northern BC as an area that has great potential and opportunities for our organization. Our plans are to continue expanding and adding more locations in the months ahead. These communities have great people to serve and are the backbone of our Province.” says Lordco’s CEO Doug Coates.
With the opening of the new store Lordco offers a variety of employment opportunities to those located in the area. Drivers, Cashiers and Inside Sales Representatives are to name a few, giving individuals a chance to jumpstart a career in the exciting automotive industry. For employment opportunities please visit our website at www.lordco.com.
DJK takes a Canadian run at the Daytona 500
In February, Canadian stock car driver DJ Kennington will be behind the wheel of an all-Canadian effort attempting to make history in the world’s biggest stock car race; the Daytona 500.
Kennington’s long-time sponsor Castrol (Wakefield Canada) and British Columbia-based Lordco Auto Parts will co-sponsor Kennington’s ride in the 59th running of the sport’s most iconic event, which is scheduled for Sunday, February, 26.
As mentioned, the co-sponsors for Kennington’s Cup entry are Canada’s distributor of Castrol lubricants; Wakefield Canada Inc., and Lordco Auto Parts ; the BC-based auto parts retailer and wholesaler. Kennington’s Toyota will be dedicated to the memory of Lordco founder, the late Ed Coates, a truly proud Canadian and NASCAR fan who considered the Daytona 500 to be his favourite motorsport event.
“As the Daytona 500 is called The Great American Race, our team will be considered the Great Canadian Invasion,” joked Kennington, while announcing the news. “While this will be my first outing in a Cup car at Daytona, I have a lot of experience racing and drafting there, so there shouldn’t be a big learning curve.”
“I’m definitely ready to take this on. I’m excited to be running the first race with Monster Energy as the series’ sponsor, and I love how the program came together with my partners Castrol, Lordco and the Gaunts.”
“This team is all-set to do well at Daytona,” predicts Kennington. “There hasn’t been a Canadian driver at the event in ages and we’re ready to rock ‘n’ roll.”
With the combined Canadian commitment, they might just impress a lot of NASCAR fans on both sides of the border.
Excerpts from Wakefield Canada Inc. Press Release
Top Off Road Products at Lordco
The beauty of living in British Columbia gives us a chance to explore and entertain our adventurous side in the wilderness. The Four Wheel Drive Association of BC offers expert advice on the best places to ride, along with a team to help advocate and maintain some of the best places to visit around the Province.
Lordco’s High Performance division works to bring in specialty parts and accessories to make your ride that much better. Below are our top picks of items that are catching the attention of our trail blazers. Come into your nearest local Lordco store to find these and other high performance parts and accessories for your next run up the mountain.