WINNETKA — After a test-drive of Quaker State’s inaugural Best in Class Challenge last year, New Trier High School is revving up for another chance to take home first in the competition this fall.
Of 55 high schools that entered the contest nationwide, New Trier was one of only five schools selected as finalists. The Trevians were named finalists last year as well, but didn’t earn the grand prize.
Throughout the six-week challenge, finalists are charged with tuning, restoring and customizing a pre-owned car into a creative representation of their school. The competition will consist of online voting, weekly automotive challenges, hands-on education and check-ins with celebrity judges, including Tommy Pike, owner of Tommy Pike Customs, and Sung Kang, actor, producer and car enthusiast.
To kick off the competition, New Trier’s Automotives Teacher Bob Spagnoli and his students received a fourth-generation Ford Mustang and tested it on a portable dyno on Oct. 11.
Having the opportunity to transform the car into a hot rod is “extremely exciting” for Spagnoli and his students, he said.
“All of the students are very focused on turning a stock 2002 Ford Mustang into something more powerful,” Spagnoli said. “We look forward to all of the tasks ahead with rebuilding this vehicle.”
Spagnoli’s class also received $2,000 for supplies and tools needed for the challenge.
Once the challenge ends and the judges’ votes are in, the first-place winner will receive a feature article and video on automotive websites, a $2,500 credit account at AutoZone, a customized tool kit and the opportunity to sell their vehicle at auction with proceeds being awarded back to their school.
New Trier faces schools in Atlanta, Ga.; Charlotte, N.C.; Kearny, N.J.; and Orlando, Fla. To vote, visit www.bit.ly/qsbic16.
Submitted New Trier Township High School District 203