Lamar Career and Technical Center Automotive Students take first in state competition
Cody Short and Nick Collier, Lamar Career & Technical Center students, competed in the 2014 Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills competition at Kansas Speedway on April 17, 2014. The students competed against teams from nine other schools across the state of Missouri. Short and Collier finished in 1st place and will compete at the national competition in June.
Ten 2014 Ford Fiestas were donated by Hertz Rent-a-Car Company for use in the competition. The vehicles were “bugged” with faulty parts by officials from Ford and AAA. Each two-man team was then required to repair the car back to factory specifications with the 90-minute time allotment. The Lamar team finished in approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes and was the only car in the state of Missouri to reach final judging.
Short and Collier received a team trophy, a set of snap-on screwdrivers —donated by Snap-on Tools and a code reader, as well as several thousand dollars in scholarship money. The experience was made more special with both students’ families in attendance.
The team along with their instructor, Rick Piper, will travel to the national competition in Dearborn, MI. Short and Collier will represent the State of Missouri as they compete June 8-11.
Special thanks are extended to Harold Fugate of Fugate Motors in El Dorado Springs for allowing the team to use a 2014 Ford Fiesta to familiarize themselves with all of the functions and components of the car. His generosity was influential in helping Short and Collier bring home the title and trophy for the state of Missouri to the Lamar Career & Technical Center.