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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Car and Motorcycle Show Roars Into WCC

Editor's Note: Congratulations to Tom Gents of Illinois, the new owner of the Dream Machine. The Dream Machine raffle raised about $25,000 each for two charities: the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan and The Salvation Army's Staples Family Center.

If you have a passion for car shows, you could probably find one in southeast Michigan every day of the summer. But you’d never find one like WCC’s Cars & Bikes on Campus. For the sixth year, the College’s auto body, auto services, motorcycle technician, and welding and fabrication programs have teamed up to put on a show unlike any other. It’s slated for Sunday, Oct. 4, from 11:00am to 3:00pm in parking lots 2 and 3.

“One of the reasons people look forward to our show is that there is an educational element to it,” said Jay Mosquera, auto body instructor and car show lead. “Spectators get to see what’s new in our programs, and tour our facilities. The show is run by student volunteers, the trophies are made by WCC students, and all proceeds go to the vocational technologies scholarship fund.”

One of the show’s highlights will be the raffle drawing for a “clone” of the 1967 Mustang GT nicknamed Eleanor that was made famous in the movie “Gone in 60 Seconds.” Students and faculty from WCC’s custom cars & concepts program are building the car. The drawing will be held between 1:00pm and 2:00pm, and proceeds will go to The Salvation Army’s Staples Family Center and the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan.

The show will feature hundreds of muscle, classic, and customized cars, and also will include special events such as a motorcycle dyno shootout and an audio competition.

WCC is one of the only educational institutions that has a dynamometer, a complex machine that measures true horsepower. Motorcycle registrants, especially those who have modified their bikes, will be able to compete to see who has the most powerful bike.

“The students are an important part of the dyno shootout because they are the ones who complete the safety checklist on the bikes to ensure that they are safe to go into the dyno room,” said Dave Brumm, a lab technician in the motorcycle technician program. “This is real-world experience for them because shootouts are done at dealerships all the time.”

The show offers trophies in over 20 different categories. The trophies are custom made by students in the advanced manufacturing systems program.

One of the most popular parts of the show is the public tours. They provide an opportunity for the public to see the equipment that WCC students get to work on.

“Our facilities are second to none in the state, maybe even the nation—certainly nothing you’d find at any other college,” said Bruce Greene, dean of vocational technologies. “This show is our opportunity to let the public see what we have to offer and to ask questions about our programs and what’s new in the auto, motorcycle, and welding fields.”

To learn more about Cars & Bikes on Campus, call 734-973-3443 or email.

Today’s Events

  1. 1:00pm–5:00pm Eastern Michigan University Visit
  2. 2:30pm–4:30pm University of Michigan M-POD Visit

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