Ohio Technical College (OTC) students have been diligently building a custom 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air that will be given to aftermarket industry veteran Vic Edelbrock. The custom Bel Air will be presented May 1, 2011 during Christi Edelbrock’s “Rev’ved Up 4 Kids” charity car show benefiting The Center for Learning Unlimited at Vic’s Garage in Torrance, Calif.
The one of a kind Bel Air, which was built to replicate a Hot Wheels 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Edelbrock die-cast race car, commemorates the launch of the Ohio Technical College Edelbrock Performance Academy. The Edelbrock Academy is a newly formed program between the two companies that gives students a solid foundation in the building and tuning of American muscle cars and performance vehicles. As part of the program, OTC students will learn about engine modifications, how to install high-performance products like top end kits, nitrous and supercharging systems, and how to conduct dyno tuning and testing, among other skills.
“The1957 Chevy Bel Air was a remarkable learning tool for our students and a great way to introduce the Edelbrock Academy and showcase the type of practical and applied training students will receive,” said Justin Brenner, director of corporate development, OTC. “Students in our Classic Car and Restoration as well as the Racing and High Performance programs have spent the past several months completely restoring the ’57 Chevy. Students dedicated their time transforming the car from a rusty shell of the past into a custom hot rod of the future. The Bel Air is infused with custom features and accessories including the new Edelbrock E Force Supercharger, making it a 600 horsepower ’57 Chevy.”
Many industry partners supported the project build by donating parts and services, including Edelbrock LLC, Danchuk, Eckler’s, Fat Man Fabrications, Scoggin-Dickey and Summit Racing Equipment. A special thank you goes out to those students from OTC who made this custom build happen: Quinton Miller from Berlin, Ohio; Alex Jacin from North Randall, Ohio; and Chad O’Leary from Janesville, Wis.
The Chevy Bel Air will tour the country throughout the coming year as part of OTC’s 80 high school and 20 car show tour to promote the Edelbrock Academy to prospective students. To see a complete tour schedule, visit www.ohiotechnicalcollege.com.
About Ohio Technical College
Ohio Technical College (OTC) is an accredited private, proprietary technical school dedicated to providing premier technical training in the world of modern mechanics by pursuing industry alliances, providing outstanding training equipment and focusing on the needs of individual students. An Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) college, OTC and its PowerSport Institute branch campus encompass nearly 800,000 sq. feet of classroom and workshop space. Drawing students from all over the United States, OTC offers technician training programs in Automotive, Diesel, Auto-Diesel, Collision Repair, Classic Car Restoration, High Performance and Racing, Welding and PowerSport Technology as well as specialization in BMW, Alternative Fuel Vehicles, Custom Bike Building, Custom Paint and Graphics, CDL Truck Driver Training, and Power Generator Systems. Motorcycle technician training is provided through the PowerSport Institute, a branch campus of OTC in North Randall, Ohio. For more information, write to Ohio Technical College at 1374 E. 51st St. Cleveland, Ohio, 44103; call 800.322.7000 ext. 163; or visit www.ohiotechnicalcollege.com and www.psi-now.com.
Founded in 1938, Torrance-based Edelbrock, LLC is recognized as one of the nation's premier designers, manufacturers and distributors of performance replacement parts for the automotive and motorcycle aftermarkets. Edelbrock produces their core products in the United States of America using state-of-the-art equipment in their world class manufacturing facilities. Edelbrock, LLC encompasses six locations in Southern California totaling more than 500,000 square feet. For more information please visit us at www.edelbrock.com.