Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Saturday’s 9th annual ATC Auto Show to double as a showcase for tech programs

The 9th annual Auto Show being hosted this Saturday at Daytona State’s Advanced Technology College also will showcase training opportunities for automotive and technology enthusiasts interested in turning their passions into careers.

Jim Posick, assistant chair of automotive programs in the School
of Technological and Occupational Programs, will return as a judge
in Saturday's ATC Auto Show.
 The auto show, which has grown to become one of the area’s largest in both participants and spectators since its inception in 2002 (with the exception of the annual Thanksgiving weekend Turkey Rod Run), will feature the art and technology of yesterday’s and today’s automobiles, including antique, custom and hot-rod vehicles. But behind all the polished metal and chrome, the auto show also provides an opportunity for the college to promote the high-tech programs that have become the hallmark of the ATC.

“It is a great opportunity for us to get exposure,” said James Posick, assistant chair of automotive programs at the college. “People are often surprised with what we have at the ATC once we get them in the building and they can see first-hand what we can offer here.”

During the show, which historically has drawn several thousand spectators, tours of the Automotive Service Technology, Automotive Collision and Repair, and Performance Engine Technology facilities will be provided. In addition, free aircraft, tank and rally car simulator demonstrations also will be available through the ATC’s Robotics and Simulation Technology program.

The show will run from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Trophies will be awarded to best in show autos in a variety of categories. There is a $10 registration fee to enter vehicles in the competition. Admission for spectators is free.

The ATC is located ½ mile north of LPGA Boulevard off Williamson Boulevard in Daytona Beach. For more information, please call Doug Giacobbe at (386) 506-4180.