Blake Thomas teaches collision repair at the career and tech center. He brought 12 students to the indoor auto show at the Tupelo Furniture Market for what he hopes is a motivational trip.
“The sky’s the limit for what they can do. They can open up their own body shop, work for somebody--- Sky’s the limit for them as far as they want to take it,” Thomas said.
This is the first time the World of Customs Auto Show has been in Northeast Mississippi. The first hours were for high school and junior college students.
Harry Smith brought his ’93 Ford Ranger named Max to the show, which drew a constant crowd of young auto enthusiasts.
“We disassembled it and got the engine and all out of an F 40, supercharged, trimmed it to six speed put in it, built our own frame, customized complete front end,” Smith said.
Another big attraction for students at the World of Customs Auto Show was Von Hot Rod. He’s from California and started his career as a pinstriper working with automobiles, but now his artwork is on a variety of items.
“The crazy thing is I took the concept of striping what you see on the hood of a car side, and transferred it over to Kitchen Aid, high-heeled shoes, laptop computers, cell phones---kind of went mainstream with it, so I’m a little bit different,” Von Hot Rod said.
Most of the vehicles on exhibit were also different or unique. There was an “Optimus Prime Replica” from Transformers, a mock-up of an LAPD Mobile Command Center used in several movies and replicas of the famous vehicles from “Smokey and the Bandit.” Some of the cars were even for sale.