The Thomas County Central High School Hot Rodders team won the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Engine Challenge in Fort Worth, Texas, on April 14. The team disassembled a performance engine into 264 pieces and reassembled it, with all of the proper adjustments, faster than any other group en route to a first-place finish.
The five-member team started practicing in January. It also traveled to Chicago and Atlanta, placing fourth and second in competitions in those cities, before traveling to Fort Worth. The team has traveled 4,567 miles, made 169 engine builds and practiced just over 344 hours.
After the win in Texas, the Central Hot Rodders are qualified to compete in the “Showdown at SEMA” in Las Vegas in the fall. They will take on 11 other teams to decide which one is the nation’s fastest at engine building.
The team members are Tyler Boyette, Brice Evans, Cole Harrison, John Hurst,and Justin Rogers. Their faculty coach and sponsor is Mason Miller, Central’s automotive teacher.
See Wednesday's edition for more details.