Saturday, 31 December 2005 17:00

Model truck competition raises money for charities, students

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The CAA East Bay chapter reports that this year's judging of the Model Truck Customizing Competition was more difficult than ever - "the bar has been set so high!" All of the entries in the 2005 Model Truck Customizing Competition were unbelievable!  

The Bay Area Crisis Nursery received $3,550 collected through the silent auction. The USMC Toys For Tots campaign received $1,000 in cash and several barrels of toys donated by members and guests.

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Walker's Autobody, Concord, submitted an environmentally-themed truck to the annual competition and fundraiser.

Furthermore, the chapter donated $9,000 for scholarships to Contra Costa College, Eden Area R.O.P., Mission Valley R.O.P. and Tri-Valley R.O.P., Vallejo High School and Clayton Valley High School.

Winning designs

The First Place Perpetual trophy went to Regal Collision Repair in Vallejo. A sleek candy red paint job with a San Francisco 49ers theme was done up right. Aerodynamically sculpted and complete with a football field inside the trailer, the airbrush work on the football player's face was quite impressive. Sporting a cool grill and a chopped cab, the truck was displayed on another football field. Very nice, guys!

Second place was taken by the students at Contra Costa College. A sweet yellow paint job, accented by a wild colorful graphics scheme made this truck a favorite. The cab was chopped way down, and an airfoil swept up from the top of the cab. This truck also had an unusual grill, unique wheels and high rise exhausts. These students have taken the competition to another level. Congratulations!

Third place was spirited away by Mike's Auto Body in Concord. Always a favorite with the crowd, this work of art by Bruce Hubert was painted in yellow with sharp, contrasting black graphic spikes on the cab, trailer and matching dragster. The trailer was fabricated into a rail hauler with superb craftsmanship, and the cab was changed into a rounded fender beauty with a hood that opens, and fine detail work on the interior. It was hard to see how this one missed the Perpetual prize; it did, however, win the People's Choice Award.

Judging this year were Rick White from Ron's Auto Body in Vacaville, a skilled modeler in his own right, Eric Reyes, painter for Arlen Ness Motorcycles in Dublin, and Ron Guilliams, from the CAA State Chapter. The level of craftsmanship these judges had to compare made this an extremely difficult task.

This year marks the first time another CAA chapter conducted their own Model Truck Customizing Competition. In September of this year, Jim Boyle helped judge the Capitol Chapter's inaugural competition. The trucks were excellent and hopefully the two chapters will compete for a state trophy at the CAA's first quarterly board meeting in February.

Both chapters did an exceptional job in meeting the goal of raising money for charity and for schools and R.O.P.s, to help students become the technicians needed by the industry.


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