2015 Automotive Technology Competition to be held at AACA Museum

Students From Ten Pennsylvania Schools to Compete in 2015 Automotive Technology Competition at the AACA Museum When: Thursday, February 19, 2015 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. – Competition 8:45 a.m. to 9:20 a.m. – Morning Interview Opportunities 1:45 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. – Afternoon Interview Opportunities 2:15 p.m. – Awards   Where: Antique Automobile Club of America Museum in Hershey 161 Museum Drive, Hershey, PA 717-566-7100 Participating schools and students: A.W. Beattie Career Center Markus Quince – Joe Trocki Butler County AVTS Charlie Cook – Tom Otto Central Westmoreland CTC Garrett Johnston – Levi Varney Erie County Technical School Cody Beers – Jeremiah Carlson Hazleton Area Career Center Devin Busher – Briana Stefanisko Susquehanna County CTC Richard Miller – Caleb Owens Tunkhannock High School Gary Musselman – Jesse Reinhardt Wallenpaupack Area High School Tony Litz – Nick Schroeder Williamsport Area High School David Covey Jr. – Zachary Shade York County School of Technology Matthew Arcieri – Ethan Johnson On February 19, 2015, the above students will compete in the PAA Automotive Technology Competition for scholarships and prizes. The winning school will advance to the 2015 National Automotive Technology Competition at the New York International Auto Show. A team of two students from the ten top schools were selected for the competition through a written qualifying exam, in which a pool of 94 students from 18 schools participated. To prepare for the competition, students are currently training at new car dealerships in their areas. On competition day, the students will face a test of advanced automotive diagnostic skills on an assigned 2015 vehicle with predetermined defects. The 2015 vehicles will be supplied by area franchised dealerships. The Pennsylvania Automotive Association represents the nearly 1,000 new car and truck dealers in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. It also provides its members with: legislative advocacy, regulatory and compliance assistance, title services, a charitable foundation, insurance, a dealer purchasing online store, and training. News Release: Pennsylvania Automotive Association Foundation 1925 North Front Street Harrisburg, PA 17102   PAA Contact: Melanie Stine (717) 255-8311 ext. 3327 MLStine@paa.org...

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Lotus: The Art of Lightness

January 24 – April 26, 2015 Image courtesy of Michael Furman. Enjoy this personal tour of the Lotus Exhibit by our guest curator Kyle Kaulback. Another video showcasing many cars from this exhibit: Video production by Sean Whelan Lotus and the genius of Colin Chapman have been at the forefront of racing technology and automotive design since 1948. Colin Chapman’s philosophy of light weight and efficiency of design resulted in 7 Formula 1 World Championships as well as wins at Le Mans, and Indianapolis , saloon car racing and the World Rally Championship. Chapman’s mantras of simplification, light weight and the least amount of parts effectively deployed that went into his racing car design were directly translated into Lotus’ road cars and produced iconic machines such as the Seven, Elan, Esprit, and Elise. The rest of the automotive world is finally realizing that horsepower makes you fast in the straights, but light weight makes you faster everywhere – and more fuel efficient to boot! For over 60 years Lotus has continued to produce class-leading sports cars and are a globally respected automotive engineering consultancy, working with many of the world’s most prestigious car manufacturers. We’re thrilled to announce the addition of a 1978 Lotus Type 79 Championship winning Formula 1 car to the Lotus: The Art of Lightness Exhibit which is opening on Jan 24. The Type 79 was a ground breaking Formula 1 design featuring aerodynamic “ground effect” that catapulted Team Lotus to their 7th Formula 1 Constructors Championship and Mario Andretti to the 1978 Formula 1 Driver’s Championship. Through Team Lotus’ history they had a reputation for design innovation that literally reset Formula 1 car design standards. The Type 79’s “ground effect” aerodynamics continued that trend and sent all other competitors back to the drawing board. Resplendent it its John Player Special livery, and affectionately referred to as “Black Beauty” the Type 79 ranks among the most important race car designs ever. Assisting Sponsor: This exhibit will feature a variety of Lotus models both road and race throughout that 60 year history. Behind the Scenes . . . . Here are a couple Lotus race cars being unloaded and “raced” down the drive behind the AACA Museum to their storage area until the exhibit opens! Having a little fun! In addition to the vehicles on display, this exhibit will include Lotus artwork. Gary Dausch will supply 3 pieces depicting Ayrton Senna driving Lotus Types 98T (John Player Special Livery) and 99T (Camel Cigarettes Livery) and a portrait of Jim Clark seated in a Type 43. Gale Heimbach has cutaways of a Series 1 Elite, an Elan Drop Head Coupe, and a Europa Twin Cam which will add both artistic and technical value to the exhibit. Image courtesy of Michael Furman. List of Confirmed Vehicles Lotus: 1956 Mark VI – Kyle, Irena and Colin Kaulback – Bethel, PA...

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