The love of racing and performance is something that for many is developed at an early age, in order to help fuel this passion we want to expose kids to a unique opportunity to showcase workmanship and the awareness of complex mechanisms.
Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Junior Engine Challenged was kicked off February 24th-25th at the Race and Performance Expo in Schaumburg, IL and let’s just say it was a huge hit! The contest is very simple a team comprised of two individuals; one team member must be 5-18 years of age, and must completely disassemble/reassemble a complete single cylinder OHV engine, utilizing only basic hand tools. Some of the goals of the premise behind this contest are to help individuals develop great communication skills and self-esteem. The contest also has a goal of helping youngsters develop great problem-solving skills and an understanding of an internal combustion engine.
Over the course of the two-day RP Expo, the engines were run through over 72 times, with kids waiting for over an hour to have a chance to develop and showcase their skills at tackling and perfecting the teams rebuilding skills on the small engine. There were several returning youngsters from last year’s RP Expo where the Jr. Engine Challenge was kicked off, with over 20 individuals that built the engine multiple times throughout the two-day event.
The next event will be featured as part of the Hot Rodder of Tomorrow at the Piston Power show in Cleveland, OH March 16-18. Students will be able to demo and be trained on the single cylinder engine. Be sure to check the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow schedule for an event near you and join in on the exciting action!