The annual Stratford Spectacular kicks off this weekend on Friday August 7th at Grand Bend Motorplex. The weekend long event is presented by Ideal Supply and Napa, and features some of the best drag racing action in Canada.
Included in that action is the second round of the Ultimate Showdowns Drag Racing Series, featuring 5 second, 240 mph Pro Modifieds, and the ultra competitive Top Sportsman and Top Dragster category. After a very successful initial event at the Canadian Nitro Nationals, just a few weeks ago, the enthusiasm and anticipation is building as the drivers in each of the classes prepares for what should be a spectacular event.
Ideal Supply is an award winning, third generation, family run wholesale business. Ideal has grown to become one of the largest privately owned distributors of automotive, electrical, and industrial products and services in Canada.
With it’s roots right here in Ontario, dating back to 1926, Ideal Supply has seen constant Company growth throughout the years in each of their automotive, electrical, machine shop and industrial markets.
In 1996, Ideal Supply joined forces with UAP/NAPA, now called NAPA Auto Parts, to become the leading and largest aftermarket parts Company in North America. Ideal Supply is also the largest NAPA dealer in Canada. It has 30 branches in Southwestern Ontario, and operates out of a 75,000 square foot head office and distribution centre, located in Listowel, Ontario.
Today, Tim MacDonald is President and CEO, with brother John Jr. the Vice-President of Sales & Marketing, and their sister Joan Waechter working as Vice-President Human Resources. As partners in the business, they work with a professional management team to lead over 450 employees as one of ‘Canada’s Best Managed Companies’. They continue to follow the legacy of their father, John MacDonald Sr., and his commitment to customer service, community service and cultivating a skilled workforce.
“As a Company based in smaller and medium-sized communities in Ontario, we’ve been able to grow and evolve into a large player while staying true to our small-town values”, says Tim.
Throughout the years Ideal Supply has consistently kept its focus on people, keenly aware that its success also hinged on its relationships……with customers, suppliers and employees. As John Jr. acknowledged “After all, when its all said and done, it’s really a people business we are in. Our mantra has always been that if we help our customers succeed today, they’ll call us again tomorrow.”
The Ultimate Showdowns Drag Racing Series is pleased to work with Ideal Supply and its affiliated NAPA locations, to provide the support and customer focus, for the Stratford Spectacular Weekend.