Students plan a smashing time

While some students like to burn their notes after their course is completed, a group of Bay of Plenty Polytechnic students are planning to smash their project to smithereens.

Students Neal Oakley, Grace Flavell and automotive technician Mark Davies with the polytechnic’s Certificate in Trades Technology entry into this weekend’s Demolition Derby.

When the cars line up this Saturday, January 10, for the Baypark Speedway Demolition Derby, watch out for number 08, the polytechnic automotive and trade technology students’ own entry.
The car was designed as part of last year’s final offering of the 16-week Certificate in Trades Technology Level 2. The programme develops skills in a range of trades, including automotive engineering, welding, and carpentry.
Malcolm Hardy, head of the polytechnic’s school of applied technology, says the programme is aimed at people who haven’t decided what they want to do yet or are looking for a change of career.
“It’s a hands-on course where they get to try all the trades,” says Malcolm.
Sixteen students were involved in building different parts of the Nissan Sentra, which was donated by Metal Man Recyclers. Grace Flavell has been chosen as driver, backed up by a pit crew of fellow students.
Baypark has helped support the entry by paying the car’s, driver’s and crew’s entry fees and Speedway New Zealand has waived its licence fee.
Speedway promoter Willie Kay says the demo derby should be a great event.
“We have a caravan race first, with at least caravans, plus two boats and an outhouse. We have cut entries for the Demolition Derby off at 70 entries, so it’s going to be a great night,” says Willie.


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