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Racing background suits Trailer City owner

New store sells trailers for race cars, farm vehicles, horses
by: Barbara Adams, Mark Nichols is co-owner and general manager at Trailer City on Highway 26 and Haley Road between Gresham and Sandy.

BORING - Mark Nichols owns a 1966 pro street pickup truck, a pro modified dirt car, a 1923 T-bucket he built, a Fat Tail Harley and a 1967 RS Camero.

His wife, Marlene, operates a horse facility at their Eagle Creek home called Silvery Moon Riding Stables.

For Nichols, 42, life and trailers go together.

On May 2, Nichols opened Trailer City on Highway 26 and Haley Road in Boring. It's the second of two stores. The first one is on Columbia Boulevard in Portland and opened in the mid-1990s. Nichols started working there five years ago as part owner. Now he's bringing his expertise closer to home with his new location.

This store, unlike the other one, carries horse trailers, and gooseneck equipment haulers for hauling tractors, farm equipment and goods, Nichols said.

He also carries enclosed racecar trailers, utility trailers, and cargo trailers. Prices start at $1,000 and go up from there.

'How high do you want to go?' he said. A 48-foot race trailer complete with living quarters, satellite television and air conditioning sells for approximately $45,000.

Trailer City does custom orders, 'a lot of stuff for Clackamas County agencies, the City of Sandy,' Nichols said. 'Everybody's a potential customer.'

Eventually, parts and service will be offered.

'We're also looking into selling little hobby tractors, 23 to 65 horse power,' Nichols said.

Trailers are Nichols' business, but racing is his passion. He started drag racing for a hobby after he served in the Army in the 82nd Airborne. He bought his first racecar when he was in his early 20s.

'I think I missed my calling. I'm too old for Nascar,' he said. 'I always race something, I don't care what it is - I'll race it.

'I'm very competitive, I want the cleanest, fastest car on the track.'

Nichols won the Grand National Championship in 2002 at the Portland International Speedway, and is involved with the International Karting Federation.

Trailer City is open Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. .to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

'If I'm racing Saturday, I'm closing the gates at 1:59,' Nichols said.

If you go

What: Trailer City

Where: 29300 S.E. Haley Road, Boring

To contact: 503-663-1520