The Hot Rodders of Tomorrow (HROT) Engine Challenge is halfway through its 2018 season, with 26 teams currently qualified for the Dual National Championship at the SEMA Show and PRI.
HROT’s seventh Engine Challenge event at the Coker Tire Chattanooga Cruise-In in Tennessee marked the halfway point for the program on April 14. At the Cruise-In, seven schools from Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee participated in 15 teams.
Five teams from the Cruise-In qualified for the Dual National Championship by disassembling and reassembling a small-block Chevrolet engine in less than 33 minutes, including penalties.
Team Hurst from Sequoyah High School in Soddy Daisy, Tennessee, qualified with the top time of 23:54. Other qualifiers included Team Performance Quotient from Gordon Central High School in Calhoun, Georgia with 26:14; Team Taylor Cable from Sequoyah High School in Canton, Georgia with 27:34; and Team Parts Pro from Effingham College & Career Academy in Rincon, Georgia with 30:26. Forsyth Central High School from Cumming, Georgia, had six teams competing with five having qualified at previous HROT events. The school’s sixth team, Team Energy Suspension, qualified this year with a 29:48 time.
This year was also the first year for the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Junior Engine Challenge at the Coker Tire Chattanooga Cruise-In. According to HROT, several kids spent more than four hours at the display building the engine multiple times throughout the day. During the challenge, a team comprised of two individuals, one team member must be 5-18 years of age, must completely disassemble/reassemble a complete single cylinder OHV engine, utilizing only basic hand tools.
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