“Hot Rodders of Tomorrow” is a nationwide high school engine building competition. It is amazing how including a little competition, stop watches, trophies, and scholarship money can change things! Sponsored by various related and supportive businesses like Edelbrock and Winner’s Circle Speed Shops, teams of five students go against each other, with trained judges monitoring the process, in the dismantling and reassembly of a functional, fully equipped V-8 engine!
The spectator draw for the competition is compelling and exciting; watching these young people ply there skills. One Georgia State Department of Education official who witnessed the Atlanta event said that next year they should have bleachers to better seat the growing audience!
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"And What A Day It Was” from Ken Whitaker and Mike Thies
On Wednesday February 20th, 2013, the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow (HROT) held a demonstration in Atlanta at the Georgia State Capital second floor Atrium. The 2012 HROT National First Place winning team from Peach County High School, seen here with their instructor, John Rickerson, performed demonstrations for State Senators, House of Representatives and various tour groups which happened to be at the Capital at 9:00am--12:00pm--2:00pm.
They disassembled and reassembled a 350 Chevy engine just like in the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow competition which will be held again this year at the Georgia International Congress Center near the airport on Camp Creek Pkwy on March 21st and 22nd, 2013 together with the Skills USA state competition hosted by TEFGA (Transportation Education Foundation of Georgia) and the Georgia Department of Education. This event will once again draw about 7,000 students, educators, politicians and many more; all involved in careers for students that are rewarding and don't necessarily require a college degree.
The demonstrations were filmed by the US Education TV during the day and will have a video on their web site at http://www.useducationtv.com/. They will also distribute a video CD of the State Capital demonstrations to High Schools in the state to inform educators and students of what's going on in vocational education.
Skip Petsch and Ken Whitaker from the Georgia Street Rod Association, a statewide group supportive of the Hot Rodders, helped narrate the 12:00pm demo along with a host from US Education TV. They described the tear down, reassembly, torqueing and adjustments which had to be made in the competition while the filming was in progress. A number of members of the Georgia Street Rod Association were present to answer questions from the various tour groups which were at the capital, the numerous state administrators, and elected officials while the Peach County High School team performed their magic.
Hot Rodders of Tomorrow is a nationwide High School automotive engine building competition which has experienced tremendous growth and support since its inception five year sago. The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) which represents the specialty automotive industry of more than 6,500 member-companies is just one of their key sponsors.