Entries are still being accepted for the 2007 Tire Review Top Shop Award presented by Hennessy Industries, a new program that seeks to honor the "best of the best" independent tire dealers in the United States and Canada.

The Top Shop Grand Prize winner will receive a Coats APX90 tire changer, a $1,500 cash prize, airfare and hotel for two (2 nights/3 days) to the 2007 SEMA Show, a feature story on their business in the October issue of Tire Review and a specially designed trophy to display in the store.

Three finalists will each receive a Coats 1250 tire/wheel balancer, a $500 cash prize, a feature story on the dealership in the October issue and a specially designed plaque.

The Top Shop Award was created to highlight independent tire dealers who epitomize attributes we stress in every issue of Tire Review: exemplary customer service and retention, training and education, merchandising and promotion, professional standards and conduct, appearance, business management, community involvement and growth and achievement.

Dealers can nominate their own businesses, or others can nominate tire dealer businesses. Those making the nomination simply provide basic information about the dealership and write a short (300-word maximum) essay explaining why that dealership should be considered.

From there, all entrants are reviewed and a group of semi-finalists selected. Those semi-finalists will be asked to provide additional information for judging. A panel of judges, including industry professionals and a member of the Tire Review staff, will select four finalists and, ultimately, the 2007 Top Shop Award winner.

Deadline for entries is July 15. Download an entry form at by clicking on the Top Shop banner ad in the middle of the homepage.