CARSTAR soaped its way to a Guinness World Record for the largest car wash on June 20

    HAMILTON, ON, June 25 /CNW/ - On Saturday, June 20, more than 140 CARSTAR
Collision Centres in Canada and the U.S. washed more than 6,000 cars, earning
the Guinness World Record title for the largest car wash. Over 80 Canadian
CARSTAR locations participated in the Soaps it Up National Car Wash day
raising more than $100,000 for the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and
local charities in Canada.
    "We are overjoyed by this incredible achievement and the success of this
year's Soaps it Up event," said Sam Mercanti, President and CEO of CARSTAR
Automotive Canada. "Together with the U.S. locations, we surpassed the 4,000
car goal commissioned by Guinness by more than 50 per cent to earn this world
record title. Most importantly we raised funds and awareness for the charities
    This year marked the sixth anniversary for the CARSTAR Soaps it Up
fundraising events in Canada and was the first year that the U.S. locations
participated in the car wash event. In Canada, more than $100,000 was raised
in support of the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and local charities
across the country.
    Cystic fibrosis is the most common, fatal genetic disease affecting young
Canadians. A devastating disease, cystic fibrosis attacks primarily the lungs
and the digestive system and requires a daily regime of intensive physical
therapy and medications. There are approximately 3,500 people across Canada
who have cystic fibrosis.
    CARSTAR Collison Repair Centres in Canada have been proud supporters of
the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation since learning that a granddaughter of
a franchisee was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. In the last nine years, more
than $1.6 million has been raised by CARSTAR Automotive Canada to help find a
    "This honour is shared amongst our customers, franchisees, employees and
partners in Canada and the U.S. and is a reflection of the hard work and
dedication put forth by all of our franchisees," said Mercanti. "We are
extremely thankful for their commitment and support to put on such great
events each year in their local communities and congratulate them on a job
well done!"
    Sponsors for CARSTAR Soaps it Up include: 3M Canada; Quiznos; Nolitours;
King Rose Travel; The dac Group and AIR MILES(R).

    About CARSTAR Automotive Canada

    CARSTAR is the largest and fastest growing automotive repair franchise
network with over 400 locations in North America. Founded in Hamilton, Ontario
in 1995, CARSTAR Automotive Canada Inc. has grown from eight to over 130
locations throughout 10 provinces. Within Canada, CARSTAR repairs
approximately 100,000 vehicles per year with the highest rates of customer
satisfaction. Through a variety of fundraising initiatives, CARSTAR, its
franchisees, partners and employees have raised over $1.6 million for the
Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. For more information, please visit

For further information:

For further information: Sharon Welch, CARSTAR Automotive Canada,
1-800-701-9452 ext. 290,

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