The winning pedal car from the Pedal Car Challenge at Calgary's World of Wheels event. The Pedal Car Challenge was co-sponsored by BASF and Carlson Body Shop Supply.

Calgary, Alberta -- March 2, 2017 -- The Calgary edition of World of Wheels provided a chance to check out some of Western Canada’s finest hot rods, custom cars, restored motorcycles and trucks. In addition, attendees got a chance to witness the annual Pedal Car Challenge, part of Student Career Day. World of Wheels took place at the BMO Centre at Calgary’s Stampede Park.

The Pedal Car Challenge was co-sponsored by Carlson Body Shop Supply and BASF. The Pedal Car challenge provides an excellent opportunity for a team of automotive students from local high schools to apply their technical skills. The hands-on projects involve planning, design, creativity, productivity and resourcefulness. In other words, it’s a great starting point for a career in collision repair.

“It is an outstanding event and we were thrilled to be part of Student Career Day again this year,” says Jamie Corbeil, Southern Alberta Sales Manager for Carlson Body Shop Supply. “It’s exciting to see the students so engaged through their pedals car designs. We hope events like this will continue to attract the next generation of skilled technicians into the collision repair industry!”

Participating schools were provided with one pedal car to customize and show off at the event. Student Career day kicked off with a general discussion in the auditorium with over 500 students in attendance, with guest speakers from many sectors of the automotive industry. Student Day is designed to help encourage students to follow their passion for the automobile and consider careers in the automotive industry.

Carlson Body Shop Supply also contributed paint and body shop supplies, in parts from funds raised during the Chip Foose silent auction the company held in May 2016. For more on this, please see “Chip Foose inspires youth at Carlson Body Shop Supply and BASF event.”

As part of the Pedal Car Challenge, each participating high school received a package of materials which enabled them to follow the typical collision repair process from metal work, to sanding and preparation to final paint procedures. BASF provided the schools with the colours they would need to express their creativity. The technical sales team from Carlson Body Shop Supply assisted the schools with product application and procedures.

Carlson Body Shop Supply will also serve as the presenting sponsor at the Edmonton World of Wheels, taking place March 3 to 5 at the Edmonton Expo Centre. For more information, please visit autorama.com/attend/edmonton.

 

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