DRIVE One's History:​


DRIVE One was founded as a means to fill the skills gap following the 2008 Recession.

However, over the last six years, DRIVE has accomplished more than such filling-the-gap. Our students have received national attention, building astounding show and performance cars that have left the professionals in-awe.  In addition, our students have used the skills learned in our various programs to build careers for themselves in the automotive and manufacturing industries.


As of 2020, over three-hundred high school students have successful completed DRIVE One programs, with 100% of these students graduating high school. After graduation, 84% of DRIVE One graduates have found post-secondary success, including:

  • Career Placement in Automotive or Manufacturing 

    • Service Centers, Restoration Shops, Paint and Part Production, Designers, etc.​

  • Enrollment and/or Graduation from a Post-Secondary Institution

    • University of Northwestern Ohio (UNOH),  Lincoln Tech, UTI, Lawrence Tech University, College for Creative Studies, etc.​


  • Active or Retired Status from the Armed Forces

    • Army, Marine Corp, Navy, Air Force​


Part of our student's success can also be attributed to our many DRIVE One partners. These partners also invest their time and resources into  each individual student's success, including extra-curricular activities and professional training.

Some of the partners include:

  • The Suburban Collection and other Metro Detroit Dealerships

  • NAPA Auto Care and their individual Centers

  • Ingersoll-Rand Corporation

  • Axalta Coating Systems

  • Stellantis (Formerly FCA)

  • RPM Foundation,

  • The Dale Earnhardt Foundation and more!

Finding this type of success didn't happen overnight.

Take a look at how DRIVE and our students got here:


Student Working On DRIVE's first project car: a 1977 Chevy Camaro: July 2012.

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The first class for DRIVE One Machining: December 2012.

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With The RPM Foundation at the Concourse of America in Plymouth, Michigan: July 2021.

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Student Working On DRIVE's first project car: a 1977 Chevy Camaro: July 2012.

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Founded: May 2012


July 2012:

Thursday Night School Is Held In Four-Car Pole Barn. Only Three Students Attend. Students start work on a 1977 Camaro and 1937 Fiat Twin-Engine Dragster.



February 2013:

DRIVE One students prepare a Twin-Engine Dragster for the Milwaukee World of Wheels Show. The car wins "Outstanding Engineered Vehicle.

August 2013:

DRIVE One is granted 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service.
A Welding Program is added to the existing Auto and Machining Programs.


January 2014:

Student-Built '31 Ford Roadster Pick-up competes for the America's Most Beautiful Roadster (AMBR) Award at the Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona, California. 25 Students & Staff Travel To The Show With "MadUsa".

July 2014:

DRIVE One recieves a grant from the RPM Foundation to begin restoring a 1981 Pontiac Firebird, With Beginning in October.


May 2015:

Student-Built 1970 Chevy Nova makes professional motorsports debut at Salem Speedway in Indiana. It would go-on to win "Rookie of the Year" in the Great American Racing Series (GARS).

December 2012:

Attendance grows to over 30 students every Thursday night. A Machining Program is added to help with growing numbers and interest.


May 2013:

Machine Shop Students enter projects into the Michigan Industrial Technology Education Society (M.I.T.E.S.) Competition, Capturing 1st-3rd Place Honors.


April 2014:

DRIVE One begins offering Transportation Design Courses in both Rendering and Clay Sculpting.



February 2016:

Three Student-Built Projects (including the '81 Firebird) clean house at the 64th Annual Meguiar's Autorama in Detroit, Michigan.


November 2016:

Ten students travel to North Carolina to tour behind-the-scenes of NASCAR and Restoration Shops.



January 2018:

Concept Cars designed, fabricated, and painted by students from all three programs debut Axalta's "Color of the Year" at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit) 

October 2018:

DRIVE One Motorsports and its 1970 Nova crowned "Rookie of the Year" for the Championship Racing Association (CRA).


June 2017:

DRIVE One presented with Manufacturers' Trophy during the Firekeepers 400 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan.



May 2019:

Student-built Dillon Late Model makes its Championship Racing Association (CRA)-JEGS All Stars debut at Birch Run Speedway, finishing 15th.



December 2020:

DRIVE One named "Trailblazer of Future Talent" by Macomb Planning and Economic Development (MPED)


March 2017:

Seven project cars built by students capture honors at the Piston-Power Autorama in Cleveland, Ohio.

September 2017:

The 16,000 sq. ft. DRIVE One TechCenter opens in Roseville, Michigan: DRIVE One finally finds somewhere to call home.



September 2019:

DRIVE One becomes Career and Technical Education (C.T.E.) provider for both South Lake Schools and Lake Shore Public Schools.


July 2018:

DRIVE One honored with the 2018 "Legend-Leadership Award" from the Dale Earnhardt Foundation.


September 2020:

DRIVE One Motorsports makes it Automotive Racing Club of America (ARCA) debut at Toldeo Speedway.


March 2015:

DRIVE One Students capture "Rising Star Award" at the Piston-Powered Autorama in Cleveland, Ohio.

October 2015:

DRIVE One crowned "Outstanding Education Initiative" By Automation Alley.


May 2016:

1:5 Scale Clay Models from the Transportation Design Program Are Crowned State Champions at the M.I.T.E.S. State Finals in Lansing.


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