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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!
On December 7th, families of DRIVE One students, volunteers, and community partners, showed their support for our program by attending the 6th Annual Bowling Fundraiser at Sterling Lanes.
The biggest fundraising event of the calendar year, which was moved for the first time to early December, began in 2013 as a way to raise funds so students could attend the Grand National Roadster Show in California.
In the years that followed, the event also raised funds for the purchase of new machining equipment, shop consumables such as fasteners and clay, the transportation of vehicles to the Cleveland Autorama, and even the down-payment on the DOTC. It has also become an annual staple, providing DRIVE students and their families a chance to get-together outside of class while still giving-back.
This year's event raised over $3,600 for the program between ticket sales, the 50/50 raffle, and Raffle Prizes from Snap-On, Mothers, Axalta, and others.
We'd like to thank all the families and partners who took time out of their busy lives to spend a Friday Evening at the Bowling Alley, and help DRIVE One fulfill our mission of providing "Professional, STEAM-driven education through collaboration with Industry".
On Sunday, July 29th, the 2nd Annual DRIVEarama was held at the DRIVE One TechCenter, benefitting the program and students.
The event included a car show, school open house, bake sale, and a 50/50 raffle.
Over 40 Cars participated in the show, along with over 100 spectators ranging from new students to interested locals.
This year's show was also the first to feature awards, including "Outstanding Vehicle", "Outstanding Motorized", "Student Choice" and "Rockin' Rims-Presented By Rick's Tire and Wheel".
Each vehicle recieved a goody bag from our sponsors at Summit Racing Equipment, O'Reilly Auto Parts, Mother's Car Care Products, and others, as well as lunch cards, and a vehicle ID-card so students and spectators could vote for who they fought were the best overall vehicles.
The inaugural award winners include Davey Lindberg's '91 RamCharger ("Rockin' Rims"), Rob Fuller's '93 Dodge ("Student Choice"), Brett Vanser's 2018 Van-Dal Custom Bike ("Motorized"), and Jim Murray's '67 Chevy Camaro ("Vehicle").
But more importantly, DRIVEarama generated over $1,000 for the upcoming 2018-19 School Year, which will go towards the purchase of tools and equipment for student use.
We thank all the folks who helped put this year's DRIVEarama together, and look forward to its continued success come Summer 2019.
VOLUME 7 - ISSUE 21 - Week of March 7th