Students from the Lake Land College Automotive Club have been climbing the ranks at the Coles County Dragway and recently brought home the championship title at the annual King of the College drag race.
The race, which was developed four years ago by the Auto Club in coordination with Cathy Veach, former dragway owner, attracts drivers from other area colleges and universities, where they compete for the title of King of the College. This year, representatives from Parkland College and Southern Illinois University competed against drivers from Lake Land.
“We’ve come in as runners up for the last three years, so when we got first place, the entire Auto Club was really excited to bring the trophy back to campus,” said Scotty Adams, adjunct automotive instructor and club sponsor.
Terry Adams, automotive technology student from Westfield, raced the Auto Club’s dragster, a 1993 Pontiac Formula Firebird.
“During the race, I ran the car at about 80 miles per hour which took about 8.6 seconds to travel the one-eighth of a mile strip,” said Terry Adams. “I was very pleased to learn that time took me to first place.”
All work on the Firebird is completed by students in the Auto Club. This year, automotive technology and welding student Chad Crowe from Mattoon, has taken on a good portion of maintaining and repairing the vehicle so that it is up to racing standards. According to Crowe, the car still has most of its stock parts except for the tires, rims and exhaust which have been replaced in order to meet its needs as a drag car.
“The dragway really draws a wide variety of people and I’m happy to say some of the top racers come from Lake Land,” said Scotty Adams. “We’d also like to ramp up the Lake Land College Fan Stand at the dragway. If you like cars, racing and fun, the dragway is the place to be.”
This spring, the annual Lake Land College Car Show will take place on Sat., May 5. The Auto Club organizes and hosts the car show in order to raise funds club activities. For more information about clubs at Lake Land College, see www.lakeland.cc.il.us/ss/sl/index.cfm.