Southern Oklahoma Technology Center students had the races come to them Thursday.

 


Southern Oklahoma Technology Center students had the races come to them Thursday.

 

Auto collision instructor Royce Sanders had drag car racers bring four cars to campus to show to students.

 

“This saves a lot of traffic violations, and it’s a hobby they can get into for the rest of their lives,” Sanders said.

 

Racing safety was stressed throughout the presentation.

 

“It’s proven that kids will do it no matter what, so we are just trying to get kids off the street and to the race track. We want to promote safety first,” said racer Bob Rickords.

 

Other programs that provided opportunities for students to visit with the racers included auto service, welding, diesel, heating and air conditioning and computer-aided design.

 

“We want to commend them on their different job tasks that they want to do and let them see where it can lead,” Rickords said.

 

Rickords also said students often have their own car projects they are doing.

 

“It gives them insight. A lot of the kids always want to do something like this, and all these cars are hand built,” he said.

 

Students enjoyed seeing the cars up close.

 

“The cars are definitely cool, and I figure it’s good to let us know to get out of the street,” said auto collision student William Barbour of Wilson.

 

Barbour has raced his truck during the fun drags at Ardmore Dragway, but that doesn’t stop him from dreaming of other vehicles.

 

“I would really like to drive the dragster,” he said.

 

Even with his experience, Barbour learned something new during the presentation.

 

“I grew up at the track, but I never knew how boxes worked, so I learned that today,” Barbour said.

 

Jennifer Lindsey
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