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Unread 06-12-2012, 11:59 AM   #1
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So next year I'm going to a new highschool; one that has an autoshop. The current school I'm at is small and has no autoshop, and since I really love cars and want to get into cars asap, I think I have an idea, though I want some opinions and wanna know how it sounds to other people (make sure I'm not just thinking up a tall tale).

Basically, a racing club.

Now that sounds extremely tall, but come with me on this one;

We all know LeMons right? Cheap racers? Well there is no LeMons in my area (Canada, Ontario, GTA), but there are quite a number of racing events. Basically, the club would be held in the school, where it would, at the beginning of the year, gather students for the club. After the first little while, we would gather money and/or fundraise; a simple small amount of money from a number of people could go a long way (hell, it's possible to get 40 club members easily, and with just a small amount of money, like say, 20$, could get 800$, and that easily gets a used car), so getting a half-decent amount of money wouldnt be the problem.

Anyway, from the small amount of money we get, we would buy a used car, and tear into it. Lighten it, modify it, tune it, etc. etc. to our liking, and eventually, race it of course.

Now this isnt really meant to "win" any events, and it isnt meant to go "fast". It's meant to give some experience, make some friends, have lots of fun, and maybe even have something to stick on the resume. It isnt for professionalism, but simply learning and fun (and that's what school is about right?)

So how does it sound? Does it sound possible to organize in this enviroment? I'd love to do this but I want some second opinions so I know what I'm jumping into.

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I doubt the school would go for that. You could start an auto club and do the same thing, or at least restore a car or something and race it after you graduate. They'd probably complain about liability or some bs

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You could probably get the school to sponsor a gokart racing club, but the safety regulations most tracks have combined with the nanny state nature of school systems in North America mean the school systems would sooner dissolve than support the kids racing actual cars.
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Does Formula SAE have age restrictions? I know its mostly colleges that compete, but why not a high school?
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I sortof forgot about the whole safety and liability issues to be honest. I thought the school would go with the whole "students taking initiative in clubs" as a reason to support it, but safety is #1... Formula SAE seems like a good alternative though, as far as safety and regulations go, they're quite "official and regulated", and that's very attractive to schools... I wonder if there are age restrictions..

Edit: Just checked the FSAE rules and yes, you need to be atleast 18... Well that sucks ..

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I sortof forgot about the whole safety and liability issues to be honest. I thought the school would go with the whole "students taking initiative in clubs" as a reason to support it, but safety is #1... Formula SAE seems like a good alternative though, as far as safety and regulations go, they're quite "official and regulated", and that's very attractive to schools... I wonder if there are age restrictions..

Edit: Just checked the FSAE rules and yes, you need to be atleast 18... Well that sucks ..
Damn, thought it was worth a shot. All of the SAE teams probably carry over that rule then. You may be able to lobby SAE to allow younger team members with the age limit only being placed on the drivers. SAE has made a big push in recent years to try and get younger people involved in engineering. You may be able to use that to sway them.

They also have clean snowmobile, supermileage, hpv, mini baja and aero team competitions that you can seek to open opportunities in. I was active in formula, baja, and clean snowmobile when I was in college and it was a lot of fun.
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Damn, thought it was worth a shot. All of the SAE teams probably carry over that rule then. You may be able to lobby SAE to allow younger team members with the age limit only being placed on the drivers. SAE has made a big push in recent years to try and get younger people involved in engineering. You may be able to use that to sway them.

They also have clean snowmobile, supermileage, hpv, mini baja and aero team competitions that you can seek to open opportunities in. I was active in formula, baja, and clean snowmobile when I was in college and it was a lot of fun.
True, though I don't really know how to "lobby", plus it could be hard to sway a rule that's been in place for god knows how long.

Also, I definetely will be going into SAE teams when I get into college!

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Its not as difficult as it sounds. All you have to do is call and sign up like any normal team would. Then you appeal your situation. SAE is an organization created by engineers for engineers, they are pretty open minded for the most part.
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Its not as difficult as it sounds. All you have to do is call and sign up like any normal team would. Then you appeal your situation. SAE is an organization created by engineers for engineers, they are pretty open minded for the most part.
Alright that's good, but then there comes another issue. How much do the Formula SAE machines usually cost? I know they're all different and custom made; but as a highschool, we don't have a huge amount of funds unlike colleges.

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My college's teams got 90% of their funding through industry sponsorship. You have to contact local businesses and bigger companies to gain funding. Its all a part of the learning process
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