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Cruising for Careers: Car show to benefit RCA student programs

Staff Photo: Erin Evans
 Rockdale Career Academy seniors Derek Boyd, also a student at Salem High School; Madelynne Johnson, also a student at Rockdale County High School; and Karl Holzberger, back, also a student at Heritage High School, work on centering a 350 V8 engine in a 1977 D120 Datsun during an automotive class Monday afternoon. Students in RCA’s automotive classes repair older cars and learn more about mechanics and technology. 

Staff Photo: Erin Evans Rockdale Career Academy seniors Derek Boyd, also a student at Salem High School; Madelynne Johnson, also a student at Rockdale County High School; and Karl Holzberger, back, also a student at Heritage High School, work on centering a 350 V8 engine in a 1977 D120 Datsun during an automotive class Monday afternoon. Students in RCA’s automotive classes repair older cars and learn more about mechanics and technology. 

CONYERS — Rockdale Career Academy hopes to bring more notoriety to its student programs with a communitywide activity.

From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the school, RCA will present its first Cruising for Careers Car Show.

If you go

• What: Cruising for Careers Car Show benefiting student programs at the Rockdale Career Academy

• When: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday

• Where: RCA, 1064 Culpepper Drive, Conyers

• Cost: Free admission. Car show entry is $20 each.

• More information: Call Stretch Brandenburg at RCA at 770-388-5677 or e-mail sbrandenburg@rockdale.k12.ga.us

"If you have a car to enter, that's great. But if we can get the community out here, it will support our sponsors, and I think they'll have a great time," said Stretch Brandenburg, the career automotive technician instructor at RCA and an organizer of the event.

The show will feature new and old, classic cars, hot rods — "everything," he said.

Guests can enter in the classes GM cars and trucks, Ford cars and trucks, MOPAR cars and trucks, European cars, Asian cars and trucks and Rat Rods. Entries cost $20 each; registration is open until about 9:30 a.m. Saturday.

Judging, which will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., will offer prizes to Best in Class, second and third in each class, Best in Show and People's Choice.

Sponsors Conyers Honda, Whitlow's Auto Repair & Performance, Automotive Fleet Repair, C.A.R.S. of Covington, NAPA Auto Parts, Year One and Auto Extremes also will be on site and bring out some vehicles. Conyers Honda will feature its new CR-Z sport hybrid car.

"You'll see everything, from hybrids to 800 horsepower race cars," Brandenburg said. "There will be a good variety."

Admission is free to the public; additional contributions will be accepted. Food will be available for purchase on site.

Brandenburg said proceeds will benefit RCA's student programs, mostly by bringing in supplies for classes at RCA. Programs at RCA include automotive, agricultural, construction, manufacturing, culinary arts, early childhood, medical, technology and others.

"Supplies and tools are things that we all need," he said. "There are things that you use up. ... This is a true technological high school with college-level courses where (the students) are put to work. They get to start building their careers while they are still in high school."

RCA students also are helping out at the event by designing flyers and trophies, assisting at the show and directing traffic and visitors during the show.

For more information about the show or to enter cars, call Brandenburg at RCA at 770-388-5677 or e-mail sbrandenburg@rockdale.k12.ga.us.