About 40 of our members had an educational experience touring the OTC. We began with a “Welcome” by our President, Bernie Golias followed by a Pot Luck Lunch. Then the Teachers and Students guided us through the 800,000 square foot campus. How amazed we all were to learn of the value of this huge facility.
They are “Turning Today’s Mechanics into Tomorrow’s Elite Technicians”. The Thousand Plus students come from all over the Eastern half of the United States. They have to pass several tests to qualify for enrollment. Help with tuition is available. Instead of cramped dorm living they receive help to find appropriate housing. They can study “hands-on” subjects like diesel engines, auto restoration and technology, collision repair and refinishing, welding, motorcycle repair, custom paint and graphics, high performance and racing, just to name several of the career possibilities.
OTC has been in existence for 42 years and was voted the “Best Technical College in the United States for 2009-10”. They work on actual vehicles and equipment in small class sizes. OTC offers help to students that want part-time jobs and help graduates with career placement. This was an inspiring visit and well worth the time dedicated. We are sponsoring several of the students as members in our Northern Chapter and the National AACA. One of our goals is to interest the younger generation in the history, appreciation, and preservation of the automobile. Jordan Brenner is Director of Marketing, 216/881-1700, x 163, firstname.lastname@example.org
As we continue to expand our club’s awareness to the next generation of automobile enthusiasts, Jack Heimovics and I chose to represent our club by attending the 58th annual Northeastern Ohio Science & Engineering Fair (NEOSEF) which was held on March 15 at Cleveland State.
The purpose of attending the Fair was to award students from grades 7-12 by selecting projects that meet our organization’s criteria. Recognizing students for outstanding projects encourages them to continue exploring their field of interest and promotes our club for future consideration. There were at least 600 students that participated from 90 public and private schools in the greater Cleveland-Akron area.
We chose to focus on the 65 engineering entries. The competition was fierce in all age categories. After Jack and I discussed each entry, we gave seven winners a Certificate of Merit:
James Biaglow, Mayfield High School—Fuel from Water
George Harkenrider, Lakewood High School—Lift relative to the camber of a wing
Chris Heintz, West Geauga High School—Self-tuning ECU for VVT enabled six stroke internal combustion engines
Emma Moore, Lincoln-West High School—From cooking oil to a biodiesel
Erwin Drew, St. John of the Cross Elementary—How to build a Hovercraft
Patrick Ellington, Sts. Robert & William—Which wing design creates the greatest lift?
Ben Ellert, Ballard Brady Middle School—Could Tesla coils be the future in electricity?
We both enjoyed the experience and talked to faculty and staff who were quite interested in our club. It was a great opportunity to network and give our club some recognition.
The Antique Automobile Club of America Northern Ohio Chapter (AACA) is sponsoring an Antique Car Show! The event will be held at Patterson Fruit Farms in Chesterfield, OH on Sunday, August 21 2011.
Antique Car Show Awards and Categories
There will be 19 classes for showing cars that are over 25 years old and awards for each of the categories, as well as “Best of Show”, “Children’s Choice”, and “Patterson Fruit Farm Choice”. Some of the other categories include domestic and foreign sports cars, un-restored vehicles, CCCA full classics, among many others. Pre-register to place your car in the judging for a chance to win its class!
Antique Car Show Information
The gates will open at 8 a.m. and the cars will be ready to show by 10 a.m. There will be an awards ceremony at 3:30 p.m. It is not required to have your car judged in the show and you are still welcome to bring it! However, liability and property insurance as well as a fire extinguisher is required for all cars being shown.
There is trailer parking available at Lindsey Elementary School that is located a little over half a mile away from Patterson Fruit Farm.
The AACA welcomes the public! You can bring the whole family for a day of fun viewing antique cars. Children will be able to vote for their favorite car in the show. The cost is $5 for adults and children 12 and under are free.
The AACA Northern Ohio Chapter looks forward to seeing you for this fun day of appreciating antique cars and learning about them. Please visit the AACA Northern Ohio Chapter website or call (440) 287-6857 with any questions regarding the show.