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Team Howards Cams claims First Seed at SEMA SHOW

Team Howards Cams claims First Seed at SEMA SHOW
Joliet, IL, – The First Half of the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Engine Challenge 2017 Dual Championship is over! The event took place this past week at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, NV. It included 27 teams which came from coast to coast to battle to become one of the Top 4 teams to move on and compete in the Elite 8 playoffs for the 2017 National Championship at the PRI Show Dec. 6th and 9th. Continue reading Team Howards Cams claims First Seed at SEMA SHOW

The End of Season Report on The 2017 HROT

The End of Season Report on The 2017 HROT
The 2017 Regular Season is over and now it is time to review the season and start focusing on the 2017 DUAL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP!

Look Who’s Qualified!
Just click on the above Championship Qualifiers logo to see who’s qualified for the 2017 Dual National Championship!

Jr. Engine Challenge is a huge hit!

Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Junior Engine Challenged has hosted 5 events so far in its inaugural 2017 season and let’s just say it has been a huge hit! The contest is very simple, a team comprised of 2 individuals; one team member must be 5-18 years of age 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 youngster’s develop great problem solving skills and an understanding of an internal combustion engine.
We have had over 100 students that have been through our program as we have reached the half way point for our season. We now have kids excitingly waiting for us as we set up the booth display as we pull into the events enthusiastic to work on the engine!

Impacting Lives!

Daniel Yearwood from Sequoyah High School explains how Hot Rodders has impacted his life so far: “I joined Hot Rodders of Tomorrow because it sounded like something fun to do, I liked to work on engines and wanted to learn more about them. it made me feel like I was part of a team. Now It’s giving me a chance to go to college, helped me to make contacts in industry, it’s helping me to obtain my dream job of working in the motorsports industry”

Impacting School Programs!

“Hot Rodders of Tomorrow gives the students a place to showcase their skills and lets them feel like they belong to something and they are able to make more contacts with business and industry.”
-Mel Newby, Instructor, Sequoyah High School, Soddy Daisy, TN.

10 Fun Facts about the 2017 Season

1) The Fastest time during the 2017 season was 17:47 by Team K&N from Burton Center in Salem, VA.

2) Forsyth Central High School from Cumming, GA has 4 Teams qualified for the 2017 Dual National Championship. Jacob Cochran, a former student, coaches two teams.

3) The largest event was at the Summit Motorama in Hampton, GA which had 29 Teams competing to qualify.

4) Forsyth Central High School from Cumming, GA has the most students participating with 24.

5) 54 different schools from across the country competed during the 2017 Season.

6) 158 sponsored teams participated during the 2017 Hot Rodders qualifying season.

7) There were 4 all-girl teams that competed during the 2017 season

8) 50 Teams qualified for the 2017 Dual National Championship at SEMA and PRI Shows.

9) A total of 250 high school students may be competing for and receiving College Scholarship opportunities during the 2017 Dual Championship.

10) Hot Rodders of Tomorrow has 5 College Partners, UNOH, Sam Tech, UTI, OTC & Wyotech which will be offering over $6.9 Million dollars in scholarship monies to the students participating in the 2017 Dual National Championship.

Volunteers are the backbone of Hot Rodders of Tomorrow!
Volunteers are the one who, in the background make the HROT run. During the 2017 season we had 130 volunteers help. They came from all over the country. From different backgrounds. some are retired mechanics, others are past HROT student competitors. But they all do it for one reason. PASSION. Passion for the industry, passion in helping the future. Volunteering, especially within the context of an activity you love or a cause you embrace can be extremely gratifying. If you love our industry and want to help the future workforce. Call Rodney Bingham @ 815-722-5460 and find out how you can help.

Thank You to our SPONSORS!
Sponsors are the only way we can continue and expand the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Program. Each and every one of these companies have contributed and have helped make a difference in a high school students life!
It is with great pleasure and thanksgiving to be associated with these companies. They have gone above and beyond the normal sponsor support! They have invested in the future of the aftermarket auto industry. They have helped students who’ve felt lost in school, belong. Kids that didn’t have a way to college – now have hope. Kids that were going to drop out of school – stay and go on to college. Auto tech programs that were going to be cut, are now full of students. They may not realize it but they have made a huge impact on over 500 students this year alone.

BECOME A SPONSOR!
Each year as we grow we try to develop new challenges to attract new students. To continue to do this we need more resources, donations and sponsors. If you or your company love the auto aftermarket and would like to be a part of helping high school students become the future of our industry. Please call Rodney Bingham at 815-722-5460 to find out how you can participate.

Second Double Header Event in Two Weeks adds Eight New Qualifying Teams For Dual National Championship!

Second Double Header Event in Two Weeks adds Eight New Qualifying Teams For Dual National Championship!

Joliet, IL – The Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Engine Challenge for the second weekend in a row held two qualifying events over the weekend. Both events were held in new locations and states. Out west in Kaysville, Utah at the Davis Applied Technology College, seven Utah teams competed in their very first Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Engine Challenge!

image003.pngOf those, 1 new team qualified for the Dual National Championship while another will be invited as a wild card team. Team Hedman Hedders, (Hunter High School from West Valley City, UT) qualified with the time of 32:59. Just 1 second under the limit. Team Aeroquip, (Box Elder High School from Brigham City, UT) came in second with a time of 33:52. They will be invited to the Dual National Championship as a “Wild Card” team. Continue reading Second Double Header Event in Two Weeks adds Eight New Qualifying Teams For Dual National Championship!

Double Header Events Net Seven New Qualifying Teams For Dual National Championship!

Double Header Events Net Seven New Qualifying Teams
For Dual National Championship!

Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Engine Challenge held two qualifying events over this past weekend (May 6th).

On the West coast at the Edelbrock Car Show on a cold and rainy day, 16 teams competed. Of those, 3 new teams qualified for the Dual National Championship held at the SEMA and PRI Show later this year by disassembling and then re-assembling a small-block Chevrolet engine in less than 33 minutes, including penalties.

Team Performance Quotient from Loara High School out of Anaheim, CA qualified with a time of 32:14. Team FAST from Rancho Alamitos High School from Garden Grove, CA had a time of 30:02. Team Comp Cams, Calabasas High School out of Calabasas, CA made it to the Dual National Championship with the time of 25:05.

Team Comp Cams from Calabasas CA. Qualified for the National Dual Championship with the time of 25:05Back in the Midwest in Champaign, IL at the Parkland College Car Show, nine teams competed with four new teams qualifying for the Championship.

Team Hooker Blackheart https://scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/18238749_10154753745023246_7221633145652025490_o.jpg?oh=fc79fc53fa79baf445aa087c15e7ad49&oe=59808D73, a new team participating in their first HROT event from North Boone High School, Poplar Grove, IL qualified in fifth place with the time of 30:31.

Parkland College from Champaign, IL. who hosted the event had two teams qualify. Fourth place Team RHS Heads (27:22) and second place Team Taylor (25:42)

Team Speed Pro, Belvidere North H.S. came in first place with the time of 20:57Coming in first place was Team Speed Pro, Belvidere North High School from Belvidere, IL. with the blazing time of 20:57. Belvidere has participated in the HROT program since its inception back in 2008.

As it stands at this time, 37 teams have qualified with times ranging from 17:47 to 32:14 to participate in the Dual National Championship held at the SEMA and the PRI Shows. Those students that participate at the Championships will compete for scholarships ranging from $5,000 to $10,000 from five different colleges: Ohio Technical College, University of Northwestern Ohio, School of Automotive Machinists & Technology, Universal Technical Institute and WyoTech.

Three Teams Qualify at the Summit Racing Motorama

Three Teams Qualify at the Summit Racing Motorama

Joliet, IL – Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Engine Challenge seventh event of the 2017 Season took place at the Summit Racing Motorama in Hampton, GA this past weekend. Twenty teams came out to the Summit Racing Motorama to either qualify for the Dual National Championship held at the SEMA and PRI Show later this year or to improve their playoff time.

To qualify for the Dual National Championship, a team must finish disassembling and reassembling a small-block Chevrolet engine in less than 33 minutes, including penalties. Continue reading Three Teams Qualify at the Summit Racing Motorama

First Jr Engine Challenge Kicks Off at the Gateway Motorsports Park

First Jr Engine Challenge Kicks Off at the Gateway Motorsports Park

Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Junior Engine Challenge started this past weekend with the first official event held at Gateway Motorsport Park in Madison, IL. The contest is very simple a team comprised of 2 individuals; one team member must be 5-18 years of age 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, self-esteem; develop problem solving skills, and an understanding of an internal combustion engine. Continue reading First Jr Engine Challenge Kicks Off at the Gateway Motorsports Park

Double Header Events has 13 Teams Qualify for Dual Championship!

Double Header Events has 13 Teams Qualify for Dual Championship!

Joliet, IL – The Hot Rodders of Tomorrow (HROT) Engine Challenge had an event double header this past weekend. Starting off in Tennessee at the Coker Tire Chattanooga Cruise-in, HROT had twelve high schools participate with twenty teams, ten of which qualified for the Dual National Championship! Image may contain: 8 people, people standing
The top three teams were: Team K&N from Burton Center Arts & Tech out of Salem VA. With a time of 19:31. Both second and third place teams came from Forsyth Central High School out of Cumming GA. Team QA1 was second with a time of 20:04 and Team Derale came in Third with 23:31.

https://scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/17504230_10154654305653246_3587911708498508563_o.jpg?oh=381cad61021aecabf9fef3e8d96c3ffa&oe=59586774At the second event of the weekend was in Fontana, CA. at the NMCA WEST Spring Nationals. HROT had four high schools with eight teams participating. Three of the teams qualified for and will compete at the Dual National Championship held later on this year.

Team Edelbrock, Katella high school NOCROP from Anaheim, CA came in first marking a 21:43 time. Second was Team SCAT from Loara high school ROP also from Anaheim, CA with a time of 23:59 and in third place was Team Mr. Gasket, Valley high school out of Santa Ana, CA with the time of 30:18.

At the Dual National Championship, every student that participates will be awarded a minimum of $5,000.00 in college scholarships from five different colleges.

This coming weekend HROT is excited to be holding for the first time a qualifying event at the NASCAR Technical Institute in Mooresville, NC.

Hot Rodders of Tomorrow–2 new schools participate, 2 new teams qualify at Tarrant County College Qualifier

2 new schools participate, 2 new teams qualify at Tarrant County College Qualifier

Joliet, IL – The Hot Rodders of Tomorrow (HROT) Engine Challenge third event of the 2017 season was held at Tarrant County College in Fort Worth Texas last weekend. Nine teams from four different schools competed with hopes to qualify for the Dual National Championship held at the SEMA and PRI Show later this year.

At the Dual National Championship, every student that participates will have an opportunity to be awarded college scholarships somewhere between $25,000 and $50,000 total from five different colleges. Continue reading Hot Rodders of Tomorrow–2 new schools participate, 2 new teams qualify at Tarrant County College Qualifier

4 Teams Qualify at the Summit Piston Powered AutoRama

4 Teams Qualify at the Summit Piston Powered AutoRama

Joliet, IL – The Hot Rodders of Tomorrow (HROT) Engine Challenge second event of the 2017 season was held at the Summit Piston Powered AutoRama in Cleveland, Ohio this past weekend where nine teams competed to qualify for the Dual National Championship held at the SEMA and PRI Show later this year.

image003.jpgTo qualify for the Dual National Championship, a team must finish disassembling and reassembling a small-block Chevrolet engine in less than 33 minutes, including penalties.

Four teams qualified at the Summit Piston Powered AutoRama. Coming in at fourth and fifth place was Elkhart Area Career Center teams from Elkhart IN. Teams Proform (26:38) and Thermotec (28:03) respectively. Continue reading 4 Teams Qualify at the Summit Piston Powered AutoRama

Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Junior Engine Challenge is a huge hit!

Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Junior Engine Challenge is a huge hit!

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. This contest will be featured and hosted as a part of the HROT JR Dragster Series & the Midwest Junior Super Series, to be hosted at 9 events all across the central US in 2017.

Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Junior Engine Challenge presented by Racequip was kicked off February 25th-26th 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 is comprised of 2 individuals, one team member must be 5-18 years of age, and he or she 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 is to help individuals develop communication skills and increase self-esteem. The contest will help youngster’s develop great problem solving skills and an understanding of an internal combustion engine.
image005.jpgOver the course of the 2 day RP Expo, we proceeded to have the engines ran through over 40 times, with kids waiting for over an hour to have a chance to develop and showcase their skills at perfecting the teams rebuilding skills on the small engine. Event organizer Ryan Gortney mentioned, “One 5th grade student who participated in the contest on Saturday persuaded his parents to travel the two hours back to the show the next day to have the opportunity to go through the engine a second time. I was overwhelmed by the response to our first event, and excited for the future events in 2017.”

Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Completes Sixth Regular Season of Inspiring Young Automotive Enthusiasts

Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Completes Sixth Regular Season of Inspiring Young Automotive Enthusiasts

Hot Rodders of Tomorrow is a powerful tool in shaping the next generation of car enthusiasts. This nonprofit organization hosts “Engine Challenges” across the country in which high school teams compete against each other in complete engine rebuilds. With their sixth regular season under their belts, Hot Rodders of Tomorrow has impacted over 3,114 students, encouraging their automotive passion and skill.
Continue reading Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Completes Sixth Regular Season of Inspiring Young Automotive Enthusiasts

Hot Rodders of Tomorrow

TEAM MOROSO JOINS THE 14 TEAMS ALREADY QUALIFIED FOR HOT RODDERS OF TOMORROW ENGINE CHALLENGE FINALS

FORT WORTH, Tx. April 23, 2013:  Hot Rodders of Tomorrow is a nonprofit organization built upon a passion for motorsports and dedicated to instilling that passion in today’s youth. Its main purpose is to encourage youth to enter the automotive field and the main medium through which this is accomplished is their coveted Engine Challenge Program. In the Engine Challenges, contested across the country, high school teams compete against the clock in a total engine rebuild. At the end of the year, in conjunction with the Performance Racing Industry Trade Show, Hot Rodders of Tomorrow hosts the Engine Challenge Finals. To qualify for this prestigious event, teams must complete a total engine rebuild in less than 35 minutes. Already in 2013, 14 teams have qualified for the Finals.
 
At the recent Painless Performance Open, held April 6th in Fort Worth, Tx. six teams competed for a coveted spot in the finals. Team Moroso of Eastern Oklahoma County Tech Center came in at an incredible time of 20:11 to qualify for the Engine Challenge Finals as the fastest qualifying team of the season.

The winning team, led by instructor Jim LaFevers consisted of students Callie Hunter, Nic Brown, Connor Hixenbaugh, Ryan Jackson, Alex Versteeg and Connor Carrizales.
 
“This is a great opportunity for the students to get a jumpstart in their careers in the automotive field,” LaFevers said of the Engine Challenge. “They are all gearheads. They look for every avenue to get into the industry and Hot Rodders of Tomorrow has given them the opportunity they were looking for.”

LaFevers said the team utilized film, understudy training and a total-engine approach to prepare for the Challenge.
 
“We do intense training for three or four weeks,” he explained. “It’s all about teamwork and communication. While each student trains for their position, all of them understand the way the complete engine works, so that if anyone needed to jump into another position they are ready.
 
“The Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Engine Challenge is a great program for building enrollment and getting students excited about a career in the automotive industry. Already I have kids signing up for Automotive next year simply for the opportunity to compete in the Challenge.”
 
Rodney Bingham, who heads up the Hot Rodders Program is thankful for its success in investing in students and furthering the automotive industry. “We are excited to be able to change so many students’ lives,” he stated, “but could not do so without the help of our sponsors and volunteers who make this program possible”.
Follow all results from Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Engine Challenges at www.hotroddersoftomorrow.com/.
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Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Engine Challenge

ARP is proud to be involved with this program.  We’re excited about it’s growth and interested to see the finals at SEMA!

Past, Present & Future

 

2008 – 5 High School Teams with 35 Students competing at the first Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Engine Challenge  at the Race and Performance Expo in St. Charles, IL.

 

2009 –  36 Teams with 216 Students competing at a total of 3 events:

Race & Performance Expo in Illinois, Edelbrock’s Rev’ved up 4 Kids Charity Car Show in California and at Motorstate Distributing’s Lane Car Show in Michigan. Ohio Technical College (OTC) and University of Northwestern Ohio (UNOH) offer $250,000.00 in scholarships to all the competitors at the “Showdown at SEMA”.

 

2010 –  51 Teams with 357 students competing at a total of 5 events:

Race & Performance Expo in Illinois, Edelbrock’s Rev’ved up 4 Kids Charity Car Show in California, at Motorstate Distributing’s Lane Car Show in Michigan, at P&E Distributor in Tennessee and in the heart of Texas at Painless Performance’s open house. OTC, UNOH, and School of Automotive Machinists (SAM) offer $606,000.00 in scholarships to all the competitors at the 2nd Annual “Showdown at SEMA”.

 

2011 – 70 Teams with 490 students competing at a total of 6 events:

Race & Performance Expo in Illinois, Edelbrock’s Rev’ved up 4 Kids Charity Car Show in California, at Motorstate Distributing’s Lane Car Show in Michigan, at P&E Distributor’s in Tennessee, Painless Performance’s open house in Texas and at Carlisle All GM Nationals show in Pennsylvania. SAM and OTC offer over $1,060,000.00 in scholarships to ALL competitors across all 6 events. And with the addition of UNHO, OTC and SAM gave the “Showdown at SEMA” Competitors a total of 1.17 Million dollars in scholarship money.

 

2012 – 115 Teams are scheduled to compete with 805 students at a total of 8 events:

Race & Performance Expo in Illinois, Skills Georgia and the Georgia Open in Georgia, P&E Distributor’s in Tennessee, Painless Performance’s open house in Texas, at Spring Carlisle in Pennsylvania,  Edelbrock’s Rev’ved up 4 Kids Charity Car Show in California and at Motorstate Distributing’s Lane Car Show in Michigan. For the 2012 8 events and “Showdown at SEMA”, OTC, UNHO and SAM’s will be awarding a total over 2.5 Million dollars in scholarship money to the students that are participating in the Hot Rodders of tomorrow program.

 

2013 – We are looking at adding another two events to the schedule and hopefully a total of 150 teams with 1050 students. Also we will be outfitting another Hot Rodders of Tomorrow truck and trailer to help develop and service the west coast event locations.

Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Begin their Year

The Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Engine Challenge returned for its third year in California at the 6th Annual Rev’ved up 4 Kids Car Show in beautiful Torrance, CA.
Thirteen High Schools competed at the day long event. First Round consisted of 5 Teams Be-Cool, Mr. Gasket, Egge Machine, K&N Filters, and Moroso. The second round started at 11AM featuring Teams Parts Pro, Hedman Headers, Edelbrock, PRW, and Airaid.

The last three to to compete were teams Royal Purple, Competition Cams, and Energy Suspension. Team Moroso (Loara High School #1) finished in first place and  set a National Speed Record of 24:34. They also got the Race to Perfection Bonus for a perfect engine with no penalties. Their final record breaking qualifying time is 22:34! Second place Team K&N Filters (North Orange County ROP) finished with a time of 31:31, and are the current #1 Wild Card seed for the Showdown @ SEMA National Championship.

Each first place winners received a $5,000 dollar scholarship each from both SAM and OTC. Second place received $3,000 each student, 3rd place received $2,000 each student, and every participating student received 1,000 dollar scholarship from both OTC (Ohio Technical College) & SAM (School of Automotive Machinist). We are VERY proud of all the students and instructors for the great job they did at this event.

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ARP is Proud to Sponsor East Ridge High School in the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow

The School of Automotive Machinists (SAM) will award $202,000 in
scholarships to six high school automotive teams competing at the Hot
Rodders of Tomorrow National Championship at the 2010 SEMA Show.
Team MSD from Eastern Oklahoma Tech Center, Team Auto Meter from Loara
High School, Team ARP from East Ridge High School, Team PRW from Fremd
High School, Team Edelbrock from North Orange County ROP and Team
Painless from Lakeshore High School will all be competing in the
National Championship Playoffs November 2–5, 2010, in Las Vegas.

Students must properly disassemble the engine using only hand tools,
utilizing proper detorque and disassembly procedure, including the air
cleaner, carb, distributor, plug wires, spark plugs, manifold, headers,
heads, lifters, rocker arms, push rods, timing chain and cover. Then the
oil filter, oil pan, oil pump, plus all eight pistons are removed. The
cam and crank remain in the block. The team then returns behind their
bench and waits for the judges to call them back. Teams then begin
working to reassemble once again with the correct assembly procedure and
torque specs, all while being viewed by judges and spectators.
Time-added penalties for dropped components, improper disassembly,
assembly, sportsmanship, etc., will be added to ensure correct assembly.
All procedure penalties are in the rule book provided to the schools at
the start of the school year. The engines, when reassembled, would fire
up and run if gas, water and oil were added. The team with the fastest
time, including penalty minutes, wins.