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Edward Ehnow US Army Specialist E-4 wins Metal of Honor Project Award

Edward Ehnow was born and raised in Wisconsin. He lost his mother to leukemia when he was one year old, and his father to a heart attack when he was four. Raised by relatives and then foster parents, he said he was inspired to enlist in the Army by memories of his father. “My father was in the Army for 10 years and retired as a drill sergeant before I was born,” Mr. Ehnow said. “I grew up poor, and when I graduated from high school I decided to join the Army as a way to pay my way through college.”

Edward served 12 months in battle readiness exercises along the hostile border with North Korea in the Army in 2009 and 2010. He served another two years on active duty at Fort Drummond, NY, and another year there in the Army National Guard before returning to civilian life in 2012.

“Patrolling the border was stressful, because you had to stay awake for 24 hours at a time,” he said. “We were in constant training for an attack that could happen at any moment. We were in teams of four camping in the mountains, and in the winter the winds went right through you. At times, we were just 200 yards from the North Korean’s 20-foot high barbed wire fences and guard towers, and we could see right into their eyes.”

Follow The Metal of Honor Project here and at http://www.metalofhonorproject.com – pictures, video and more, as each veteran is selected and their vehicle repaired.

By |April 16th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Army Veteran Who Guarded the Border with North Korea Wins CollisionMax Fleet Services of Philadelphia Metal of Honor Auto Body Repair

Edward Ehnow, a 24-year-old U.S. Army veteran who patrolled the armed border between North and South Korea, has been selected as the latest winner of CollisionMax’s Metal of Honor Award. As a result, CollisionMax Fleet Services of Northeast Philadelphia, PA, will repair his 2007 Honda Civic coupe free of charge.
Mr. Ehnow, who lives in Elkins Park, PA, served 12 months in battle readiness exercises along the hostile border with North Korea in 2009 and 2010. He served another two years on active duty at Fort Drummond, NY, and another year there in the Army National Guard before returning to civilian life in 2012.
“Patrolling the border was stressful, because you had to stay awake for 24 hours at a time,” he said. “We were in constant training for an attack that could happen at any moment. We were in teams of four camping in the mountains, and in the winter the winds went right through you. At times, we were just 200 yards from the North Koreans’ 20-foot high barbed wire fences and guard towers, and we could see right into their eyes.”

Mr. Ehnow, who was born and raised in Wisconsin, lost his mother to leukemia when he was one year old, and his father to a heart attack when he was four. Raised by relatives and then foster parents, he said he was inspired to enlist in the Army by memories of his father.
“My father was in the Army for 10 years and retired as a drill sergeant before I was born,” Mr. Ehnow said. “I grew up poor, and when I graduated from high school I decided to join the Army as a way to pay my way through college.”

After being honorably discharged […]

By |April 10th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

US Army Soldier Evan Graham’s 2012 Chevy Silverado – CollisionMax

Mr. Evan Graham was nominated by his wife, Genna, and his brother-in-law, John, who was at the wheel of the truck last year when it hit a lamppost that damaged the left rear quarter panel. John felt obliged to pay for the damage, but was unprepared when the estimates came in at thousands of dollars. John said, “I heard about the Metal of Honor Project on WMMR-FM, and thought I’d take a chance,” he said. “I owed Evan, and this is a great way to pay him back.”

As a result, CollisionMax of Pennsauken, N.J. is repairing his 2012 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck free of charge.

Follow The Metal of Honor Project here and at http://www.metalofhonorproject.com – pictures, video and more, as each veteran is selected and their vehicle repaired.

By |March 20th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

CollisionMax to Show Two Classics at the Northeast Rod and Custom Car Show

Trevose, PA, March14, 2014 – CollisionMax, an auto body and glass repair company with 11 shops in the Delaware Valley, will bring two classic cars to the Northeast Rod and Custom Car Show in Oaks, PA next week. The event is being held at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA, March 21 through 23.

Richard Brigidi, a CollisionMax founding partner, will be showing his rare 1966 Oldsmobile 442 convertible, one of only 240 manufactured. Red with a white top, the car was named Hemmings Muscle Machine Magazine’s 2009 Muscle Machine of the year. Pat Beavers, CollisionMax’s chief operating officer, will be showing his “resto-mod”, red 1957 Chevy Bel Air coupe.

For more information about the show, please visit http://www.northeastcustomcarshow.com/information.html.

Last year, CollisionMax restored “Minerva,” WMMR-FM DJ Pierre Robert’s 1972 Volkswagen Bus, which will also be on exhibit at the show. CollisionMax is also the sponsor of the Metal of Honor Project, which has given free auto body repairs to 10 U.S. military veterans as the company’s way of thanking and honoring them for their service.

CollisionMax is seeking nominations from the public in the Northeast Philadelphia area for its 11th Metal of Honor winner. To nominate a veteran, go to www.MetalofHonorProject.com by Friday, March 21. The winner will be announced in the first week of April.

In New Jersey, CollisionMax operates shops in Blackwood, Cinnaminson, Glassboro, Marlton, Pennsauken, Sicklerville and Westmont. In Pennsylvania, it has repair centers in Oxford Valley, Warminster and two in Northeast Philadelphia (both on West Grant Avenue). Its GlassMax business operates throughout the Delaware Valley. For more information about CollisionMax and GlassMax, please visit http://collisionmax.com.

By |March 14th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

CollisionMax Fleet Services of Northeast Philadelphia Seeking Veteran Nominations for Its Metal of Honor Project Award

Trevose, PA, March 11, 2014 – CollisionMax Fleet Services of Northeast Philadelphia is now accepting nominations for the next winner of its Metal of Honor Project, which has already selected 10 U.S. military veterans for a free auto body repair.

To nominate a veteran, go to the project’s web site, http://www.metalofhonorproject.com. The winner will be announced in the first week of April. CollisionMax’s Fleet Services shop is located at 1840 Grant Avenue, Philadelphia, one block east of Bustleton Avenue.

CollisionMax launched the Metal of Honor Project in April 2013. Through the program, company gives a free auto body repair to one military veteran per month for each of its 11 locations in the Delaware Valley. The company chooses the winner from nominations it receives from the public on the project’s website.

“The Metal of Honor Project is our way of saying thank you and honoring the men and women of our armed forces who put their lives on the line for all of us,” said Jim Tornetta, CollisionMax president and CEO.

In New Jersey, CollisionMax operates shops in Blackwood, Cinnaminson, Glassboro, Marlton, Pennsauken, Sicklerville and Westmont. In Pennsylvania, it has repair centers in Oxford Valley, Warminster and two in Northeast Philadelphia (both on West Grant Avenue). Its GlassMax business operates throughout the Delaware Valley. For more information about CollisionMax and GlassMax, please visit http://collisionmax.com.

By |March 11th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Afghan War Veteran with Two Purple Hearts Wins CollisionMax of Pennsauken N.J. Metal of Honor Auto Body Repair

Trevose, PA, March 5, 2014 – Evan Graham, a 31-year-old Army veteran who came back from Afghanistan with two Purple Hearts for combat wounds, has been selected as the latest winner of CollisionMax’s Metal of Honor Award. As a result, CollisionMax of Pennsauken, N.J. will repair his 2012 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck free of charge.

Mr. Graham, who lives in Somerdale, NJ, served two tours of combat duty in Afghanistan with the 82d Airborne Division from 2007 to 2010. After his discharge from the Army in 2010, he served in the Army National Guard until he retired from the military as a sergeant in 2011.

Seeing action in Afghanistan in both cities and the rural countryside, he was injured twice. He now suffers from traumatic brain injury that impairs his short-term memory, and is being treated for post-traumatic stress disorder, which makes it difficult for him to talk about his combat experience.

“I lost a lot of friends,” he says while visibly trying to control his emotions. Despite his multiple wounds, he returned to combat each time because “I wanted to get back to help my buddies. They were like family to me.”

Mr. Graham was nominated by his wife, Genna, and his brother-in-law, John Cajio, who was at the wheel of the truck last year when it hit a lamppost, damaging the left rear quarter panel. Mr. Cajio felt obliged to pay for the damage, but was unprepared when the estimates came in at thousands of dollars. “I heard about the Metal of Honor Project on WMMR-FM, and thought I’d take a chance,” he said. “I owed Evan, and this is a great way to pay him back.”

Married and […]

By |March 5th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Winner of The Philadelphia Home Show Contest!

Rebecca Staley won the Bose Wave Radio from CollisionMax. She sent in the image of her standing in front of Minerva at the Philly Home Show and won an autographed VW hubcap from Pierre Robert.

By |September 23rd, 2013|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Three Passing Fancies What you believe may be wrong

Almost everybody knows the basic laws and safety rules of passing: watch out for oncoming traffic, don’t cross double yellow lines, and don’t cut in front of the vehicle you just passed.

But it’s odds-on that you buy into one or more of three little myths about passing that can actually lead to to needing an auto body repair shop. We’re here to shatter these myths in order to help keep you on the straight and narrow and in one piece, when you consider going around
the next slowpoke you run up against.

Myth Number One: It’s legal to speed while you are passing

The whole point of passing is to get by the car in front of you. And this, obviously, means speeding up and going faster. But there’s a trap: your need to get by lickety-split doesn’t overrule the speed limit. Forget about the left lane being the “fast lane” when you’re speeding, you’re speeding, regardless of whether anybody else is on the road.

Myth Number Two: A two-way center lane is for passing

Some busy roads have a center lane available for vehicles traveling in either direction. Its purpose is to give drivers trying to make a left turn a place to wait for a break in oncoming traffic without causing a backup. What it most definitely is not is a passing lane. Using it that way isn’t only illegal, it’s dangerous and dumb: there are fewer better ways to ask for a head-on auto body collision, much less a ticket.

Myth Number Three: Signal late (or not at all) so nobody can cut you off

Judging from the drivers we see on multilane highways, it’s widely believed that if you signal your intention to pull into the left lane to […]

Don’t Get Caught in the Yellow Light Trap

Has this ever happened to you?

You’re in the middle of a multi-lane intersection regulated by traffic lights, looking for a gap in oncoming traffic to make a left turn. You entered the intersection on a green, but now the light has turned yellow. The opposing traffic must also have a yellow, so you figure they’re going to let you make your turn, you hit the gas pedal and – whack! You’ve just had a vehicle collision.

If you’ve found yourself in this unhappy circumstance, surprise! You may have been the victim of the Yellow Light Trap, also known as the “Yellow Trap,” the “Lag Trap” and the “Left-Turn Trap”. The reason? The opposing traffic still had a green light. This circumstance causes thousands of auto body damaged vehicles to visit auto body repair shops in Glassboro NJ.

The Yellow Light Trap is a danger that has only come to the attention of traffic engineers within the last few years. According to observers, the problem is the unintended effect at some intersections of the use of new, electronic traffic light equipment. If you believe some traffic websites, neither driver is at fault. But better than determining fault would be to avoid the peril in the first place. Here’s how:

• When waiting to make a left turn in an intersection with oncoming traffic, always assume that all the traffic that can will block your turn, regardless of the color of the light they’re looking at. That includes yellow- and red-light runners.

• Only turn when you actually have a gap in oncoming traffic. If you entered the intersection before it turned red, in most states you have the right to complete your turn, which means crossing traffic must yield […]

The Tortoise & the Hare – Slow Pokes vs. Speeders

State trooper pulls over a car full of elderly women traveling 22 mph. The lady at the wheel claims she was driving at exactly the posted speed limit and points to a road sign that says “Route 22.” The trooper chuckles, explains her error and is about to let her go when he notices that the other passengers seemed panicked. He asks them what’s wrong, and one of them says, “We’ll be fine in a minute – we just came off Route 115.”

Speeding is against the law. Why? Because most of us aren’t trained or experienced in handling a vehicle at a high rate of speed, especially if that vehicle goes out of control.  So the answer, simply put, is that it’s too dangerous for ourselves and other motorists to drive at high speeds. Auto body shops in Philadelphia constantly see the end result of the high speed auto collisions.

According to Advocates for Highway Safety, over 6 million reported crashes occur annually. Speeding, defined as exceeding the posted speed limit or driving too fast for conditions, is a factor in nearly one third of all fatal crashes. Speed reduces the amount of available time needed to avoid a crash, increases the likelihood of crashing and intensifies the severity of a crash once it occurs. And can increase the auto body damage on your vehicle exponentially.

Fast Facts

•             Speeding-related crashes result in more than 13,000 fatalities annually.

•             In 2002, the economic cost of crashes that involved excessive speed were $40.4 billion, representing 18 percent of total crash costs and an average cost of $144 for every person in the United States.

•             When speed increases from 40 mph to 60 mph, the energy released in a crash […]