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On Friday, June 21st, DRIVE One honored the Class of 2019 during its 2nd Annual Commencement Ceremony at the DRIVE One TechCenter.
This year's Ceremony celebrated 12 of this year's in-house high school graduates and their post-secondary plans. Speakers included Program Director Paul Tregembo Jr. and 2019 Class President Isiah Cook.
The 2019 Keynote Address was given by Rex Garrett, who serves as Director of Operations of Earnhardt Technologies Group (ETG) in Mooresville, North Carolina. Mr. Garrett flew-in from Charlotte to give the address, and shared with graduatees how he overcame a troubled adolescence, and used knowledge gained at a local vocational center (like the DOTC) to make advances in motorsports technology. He then presented each graduate with a book on another successful person who overcame similar adversity: his former boss, Dale Earnhardt Sr.
The Ceremony was was followed by an Open House, featuring various desserts and finger food for the over 125 guest in-attendance.
We'd like to congratulate the Class of 2019 on graduation, and wish them nothing but the best in their post-secondary futures!
The 3rd Annual DRIVEarama returned to the DRIVE One TechCenter on Sunday, July 28th.
Returning for 2019 show was a set fan-choice awards for Outstanding Vehicle, Outstanding Special Interest, & Student Choice, as well as Concessions, a Bake Sale, DOTC Open House, Raffle Prizes, and Detroit’s most diverse group of classics & customs.
This year's show generated over $1,500 for our program, and featured more than 50 Cars including award winners Troy & Sammy Kata's '02 Chevy Cavalier ("Outstanding Vehicle"), Mercedes Klaver's 2018 1960 Schwinn Pixie ("Outstanding Special Interest"), and Isiah Cook's '83 Firebird ("Student Choice").
We'd like to thank everyone who came-out to support our program in one of its biggest annual events.
From the wide-variety of vehicles, to bake goods, to the custom made awards:
We are grateful for your participation, and we look forward to seeing you again for the 4th Annual DRIVEarama on Sunday, July 26th, 2020.
The weekend of March 15th-17th, student-built project cars competed in the 53rd Annual Piston-Powered Autorama in Cleveland, Ohio, featuring “Piston-Powered All-Stars”.
After seven months of hard work, three student builds competed in the largest indoor car show in North America against the best custom car builders in the world. Among the victors were “Patience”-a 1986 Buick Regal Limited that captured 1st in Conservative Hardtop ‘80-’89, “The Red Rumbler”-a 1976 Chevy Vega Gaser that finished 2nd in Domestic Bracket Racer, and “Just Gonna Send It”-a 2016 Ford Fusion Asphalt Late Model that took home 1st in Track Comp. Six Students from the DRIVE One Consortium of schools spent the weekend in Ohio with the cars and were able to celebrate their months of work paying-off.
Following Cleveland, all three projects will go on-the-road. The Buick will compete at various GoodGuys Autocross events throughout the spring and summer months, while the Vega will compete in drag racing events at Lapeer Dragway later this summer, and the Late Model will make it’s CRA-JEGS All-Stars Tour Debut at Flat Rock Speedway on Sunday,
Congrats to all the students who contributed to these three amazing cars, and we look forward to sharing more successes from all three.
On January 15th, DRIVE One officially unveil the D1 Sahara SUV Concept, built by DRIVE One TechCenter students for Axalta Coating System’s 2019 “Color of the Year”-Sahara.
The Sahara was originally designed by senior Isiah Cook, who along with fellow seniors Kaylee Oliveri & Ka-El Price, took the rendering from paper, to 1:5 clay model, to finished product. After months of hard work, countless late nights spend at school, and the input of Transportation Design Instructors Ryan Goimarac, Dale Burke, & Tom Rimatzki; the Sahara made its official debut during the Eyes-On Design Awards at the NAIAS.
The Sahara is the second miniature Concept Car built by students for Axalta’s COTY. Like last year’s StarLiter Concept, the Sahara will be on-tour throughout 2019, making numerous stops to Axalta Headquarters and Training Centers across the globe. It will return to the DOTC periodically for events and fundraisers through the year before retiring to the Transportation Design Studio to make-way for our next Color of the Year Concept in 2020.
We would like to thank the folks at Axalta for allowing our students the opportunity to again take their Concept through the entire design process, & congratulate Isiah, Kaylee, Ka-El, & Instructors on their beautiful work-of-art. Now we all look forward to seeing where the D1 Sahara goes next!
VOLUME 8 - ISSUE 1 - Month of September 2019