Incoming SCWA president, David Swenson, left, accepts
the official gavel from his predecessor, Eric Warden.
Keynote speaker Captain Richard Phillips.
A capacity crowd awaits the arrival of Captain Richard Phillips.
Standing room only at the Fast Track Round Tables.
“Clean World” — that says it all.
Information being dispensed at Hydra-Flex.

The Southwest Car Wash Association’s Annual Convention and Car Wash Expo for 2016 took place in Arlington, TX Sunday, February 28 through Tuesday, March 1. Presented under the banner “Better – Stronger –Together,” the event offered ample opportunities to further knowledge, cement friendships, see the latest in car wash equipment and products, and network with peers.

The continuing success of the “first big car wash show of the year,” was evidenced by the pressing need for more exhibit space. This year, exhibits spilled out of the main exhibit hall into an adjacent foyer area. The organizers reported a record number of car wash owners and vendors in attendance and, judging by the traffic on the tradeshow floor for the duration of the event, this seemed a foregone conclusion.

The keynote speaker was Captain Richard Phillips, who in 2009 was captured by Somali pirates when they hijacked his ship. He was saved from near-certain death by the intervention of the U.S. Navy. Captain Phillips’ presentation drew a capacity crowd and offered lessons in endurance and perseverance.

On Monday, the Fast Track Round Tables, offering 15-minute discussions on a variety of subjects, were well attended. Some tables drew so many that participants were obliged to stand behind those lucky enough to get a seat. Further education was on offer during the Car Wash Academy on Tuesday.

The SCWA 2017 Convention & Expo is scheduled for February 26-28 in Arlington, TX. For further information, visit or call the Southwest Car Wash Association at (800) 440-0644.

The Simoniz booth generates heat.
Sonny’s invitation to “start here.”