May 10, 2012 at 3:40 pm #41346
We wish to introduce you to a program that we have been running for several years in Indianapolis.Â Through numerous contacts in our business, we have come to see a need to bring this program to a broader and wider area.Â â€œKids with Speedâ€ was developed to bring kidsÂ agesÂ 14 to 19 in off the street, and into a structured program which provides the youth the much neededÂ support that often makes them join a gang.Â It is that sense of belonging, being needed and valued as a positive member of the team.Â As a team participants will be active members of an automotive team from the ground up.Â The culmination of all their hard work will result in the development of a finished car which will then be show and local events and ultimately shown and raffled off at the US Nationals in August..
Â This program was designed to expose kids to all aspects of the automotive hobby, including such areas as auto mechanics, auto body work, including custom painting, metal fabrication, math skills including calculating engine horsepower gained from what improvements.Â Also involved are learning skills such as reading competition spec manuals to calculate building and maintaining a race car to sanctioned standards.Â This assists in building math and logical thinking skills which most young kids lack today.Â This program will also focus on budgeting and money handling as they will be involved in promoting and maintaining the carâ€™s over all financial budget.
This is what we purchased to start:
64 Gran Prix
The Engine was allready out, as was the complete interior, but the owner had saved everything…
ÂMay 10, 2012 at 3:51 pm #41347
Here’s a link to the progress pictures I have been taking….
This is a great program, and although were struggling to find funding in thes hard econimic times, a lot of personal money is benig spent to keep going.
The kids are great, most are interested in cars and want to learn more, we have some good motorheads…
Were looking foward to a fun summer, as we progress, the kids see progress and that gives them drive to keep going..
Were trying to see if we have the complete motor, this weekend…we do have a stack of parts
Our goal this year is just to make that a driver…then advance next year to a car we can drag race in limited fashion..just to expose them to that aspect of the hobby..May 10, 2012 at 3:59 pm #41348
Heres our LOGO and Business card idea,,,,
We now have a Email address and Shop address and Phone..
Were getting there…May 11, 2012 at 6:40 am #41349
Tierod – that is very nice – Leave it to you to be incolved in something that offers help – you’re a Good Man Charlie Brown !! If Still Runnin Can Help Promote this, do let me know ! I looked up the US Nationals in August, but can not locate a current site … send me the link please, sir.
PS. You need an avatar.May 11, 2012 at 4:12 pm #41350
Yes, I need to put a pic back…
I hope we have the car finished for then…we have been work Sat’s from 9 to 2,,,these Kids do a great job…
Heres the Nationals Info…
58th annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals
Aug. 29-Sept. 3
Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis
10267 E. U.S. Highway 136
Indianapolis, IN 46234
ÂMay 11, 2012 at 7:15 pm #41351
Very important stuff you are doing there Tierod!! Hopefully these kids will be the adults we sell our vintage cars to when we are 85. So great to see the younger generation into something besides drugs and skateboards. Keep up the great work! I know it takes alot of patience and dedication to do this. -Jerry:>)May 11, 2012 at 7:58 pm #41352
Thanks Jerry, were hoping to pass the tourch, we have some great mentors and a good group of kids this year..
Were trying to line up tours in all different areas of automotive work. Drag Race shops, NASCAR, INDY, Hot Rod Shops, Collector, Autobody, Mechancial.. We want them to see all the areas that they can be involved in, given the right oportunities…and we have most of them in the greater Indianapolis area… Just got to get hooked up with them..May 14, 2012 at 10:09 am #41353
Tierod, on that link I do not see a place where they mention this Kids, am I missing it? I posted the event on SR’s event page but would like to mention the Kid part of the show? Please Asvise.May 14, 2012 at 10:58 am #41354
We do not have a spot yet. We are not sure the car will be ready, That is a target date, When it comes closer, we will try to get sponsership\permission to bring the car out.
We had a great Sat, I’ll post more pictures tonight or tommorow..May 14, 2012 at 7:05 pm #41355
Another great day with the Kid’s……
Pulled the Donner Engine, as we find out, most of the original engine is now gone.
Did some Brake Work, more body work.
We have a bunch of the basics covered, these kids are soaking it up….
Were trying to line up some tours around indt in the automotive fields, so these kids can see the different aspects af everything automotive…
I added more pictures here:
Thanks for reading and the encouragement…Jun 25, 2012 at 7:46 am #41356
Well, We got the kids to a Kool show this weekend…….
The Road Rocket Rumble, in Speedway, IN…
This is a 3 day event with everything car guys and gal’s like…
Some of these kids have never been to a Hot Rod Show, so it was some culture shock.
But they seemed to dig it..
We had fun, showing them chopped tops, mettal flake paint, lace paint, supercharged engines, flatheads, gassers we had it all…
Tierod…..Jun 28, 2012 at 9:20 pm #41357
Tierod this is very kool INDEED, so nice to see good folks taking time out for the kids! Good Job my friend, Good Job!
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