Peach County High School Automotive Team To Compete Nationally | News
Peach County High School's Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Engine Builders team will be one of 12 teams from across the county to compete in a national contest that will be held in October. It will be held at the SEMA show in Las Vegas.
The team consists of five people, Billy Tolbert, Pope Sellers, Devan Smith and Hunter Willis and one alternate, Wesley Tribble. They will disassemble and reassemble a 350 Chevy engine and try to have the fastest time.
"If we don't communicate, then it's not going to get done so we all need to like get on board and learn each other's job so it will get done," said Devan Smith.
The team wasn't always able to put it together so fast, but through practice and working together, their time improved.
"These guys really seemed to gel together and work well together," said Johnny Rickerson. "We started off we were doing it in 40 minutes, 46 minutes or so, and they just kept getting faster and faster."
They competed in Atlanta in March, where they were able to take apart and put together an engine in 26 minutes and 46 seconds which was enough to take them to the top of the competition.
"We were just hoping and praying that we would actually win, we weren't thinking about going to Las Vegas we were just thinking about winning that one event," said Pope Sellers.
The team still needs help trying to get to Las Vegas in October. One of their sponsors Peach County Ford is helping them raise money.
Ford will give the team $20.00 per household that comes out and drives a new Ford. The event will be Friday, September 14th in the teacher's parking lot of Peach County High School from 9:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
This money will go towards plane tickets for the team to fly out to Las Vegas.