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56 THE SHOP SEPTEMBER 2019 "It's most efficient for me to focus on my strengths," he says. "It's great to have other experts I can call when I need engineering, heavy fabrication or tires mounted." Thompson also enjoys working with nearby Northwestern Michigan College to build on students' knowledge and show them how a successful shop functions. It's a win-win: Thompson helps to mold their futures and gets some help in the shop along the way. Thompson founded TRF 11 years ago, and today the company is running strong, in part because of his mad skills and vast knowl- edge, but also thanks to a commitment to, and deeply ingrained passion for, racing. His enthusiasm for motorsports inspires new competitors to strap themselves in behind the wheel. In fact, the services he offers make it possible for competitors to stay in races, and he's a wealth of knowledge in regard to motorsports safety regulations. If a car's roll cage carries the TRF badge it's a sure bet it will pass tech; but, most importantly, the driver is safe if the car goes off course. Meanwhile, event and customer sponsor- ships have also been effective in growing the business. "Supporting the events that my customers are racing in brings me an even greater sense of accomplishment," Thompson says. "In the beginning, I would give $250 off an invoice to anyone who would carry my logo on their car. That was a good move. We built a strong presence as our customer base grew, creating a positive community image." Along with roll cage fabrication, TRF tackles just about any motorsports-related project. TRF is well-known for aluminum fabrica- tion, such as intercoolers, consoles, plumbing, skid plates, etc. One Life-Saving Shop C E N T R I C P A R T S I N T R O D U C E S… G e t t h e U l t i m a t e S u m m e r G e t a w a y w i t h t h e U l t i m a t e B r a k i n g S o l u t i o n f r o m C e n t r i c P a r t s ! Join our exciting GCX / PQ PRO promotion and get your chance to win valuable prizes and give your customers the best matched combination in the business – advanced GCX Rotors and PQ PRO Brake Pads. It's easy to participate, easy to install. You get a Free 100% poly T-shirt when you sign up, and then a chance to win valuable prizes with every GCX rotor or PQ PRO pads you install. It's easy! All you have to do is take a selfie every time you install GCX or PQ PRO and send it in. Every selfie is an automatic entry and there's no limit on the number of entries you can make. Plus, GCX rotors and PQ PRO pads are easy to install – they are vehicle-specific and pre-matched to fit perfectly. Grand Prize: – a $5000 value! Your choice: Name Your Adventure Experience, Gourmet BBQ Experience, or Great Outdoors Experience. ULTIMATE SUMMER GETAWAY For contest details, terms & conditions go to: or scan QR code. Promotion runs from: Aug. 1 to Sept. 30, 2019 FREE T-shirt for every Tech who signs up! 100 Third Grand Prizes: Visa Gift Card – a $50 value! 10 Second Grand Prizes: Yeti Hopper BackFlip 24 Softside Backpack-Coolers – a $300 value! T-shirt and Grand Prize Drawings for Professional Technicians only. AC196 TheShop_Centric Ultimate Summer Getaway Promo_Technician_P24_HalfVert_9-19_V1.1.indd 1 7/18/19 2:15 PM

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