The Alfred State Automotive Trades Department was able to get some terrific exposure recently at the 38th annual Motorama, held Feb. 20-21 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, PA.
Described as the nation’s largest all-indoor motorsports event, Motorama featured hundreds of authentic drag cars, late models, sprint cars, and more. The Alfred State display consisted of two automobiles worked on by students - a 2003 Honda Insight and a 2001 Volkswagen GTI – as well as information boards about vehicles the college used in competitions such as the Watkins Glen Green Grand Prix and the Great Race.
Working to make the display possible were motorsports technology students Alec Bray, Phoenix; Stephen Hansen, Franklinville; and Ryan Valle, New Windsor; as well as Sean Haggerty, instructor in the Automotive Trades Department; and Kent Johnson, chair of the Automotive Trades Department.
According to Haggerty, roughly 80,000 people attended Motorama, with about 60,000 of them being around the traditional college age range of 18 to 22 years old. Haggerty said attendees “loved” the Alfred State display.
“It was a great recruiting tool and our students loved being a part of it,” he said.
The Alfred State Automotive Trades Department’s mission is to provide instruction and practical, hands-on experience to students interested in a variety of automotive trades, including automotive service, autobody repair, truck and diesel service, and motorsports.