Ohio Technical College (OTC) students have been building a custom 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air that will be given to aftermarket industry veteran Vic Edelbrock on 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 OTC 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.
"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. Students from OTC who made this custom build happen were 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.