BMW of North America visited the Center for Automotive Technology at NEIT’s Access Road campus on Thursday, August 7, 2014, to speak with more than 75 students about the BMW STEP program for technicians. Charles Klasman, from the BMW Headquarters in Woodcliff Lake, NJ, along with Charlie Antoniou, Service Manager of BMW of Shrewsbury, MA, presented three sessions regarding job opportunities and career paths that BMW has to offer NEIT graduates. BMW recruits automotive and collision repair graduates to work in its dealerships throughout the country and has been a longtime employer with NEIT. Many NEIT graduates have established careers as BMW Master Technicians.
Mike Burroughs has a love of building, rebuilding, and restoring cars. He also loves a challenge. When he needed assistance rebuilding a 1928 Ford Model A, he called his longtime friend, and New England Tech automotive school alumnus, Byron Wilcox for help.
After receiving high praise for his built-from-scratch E9, Mike decided that he needed something that seemed a little less – well – “simple.” Recently, he completed the restoration of a 1928 Ford Model A… and popped a BMW engine into it.
Of his search for his next project, Mike told Stance Works, “All that mattered to me was that when I saw it, I had to be inspired. Whatever it was, it had to speak to me.” He knew he wanted to work on a late 1920’s or early 1930’s model car, but he didn’t know what type. Or what, exactly, he’d be doing with it.
After scouring Craigslist for the car, he eventually landed on the 1928 Ford Model A.. or rather, the crudely held together frame of a 1928 Ford Model A. The infamous Model T had been in production for nearly two decades, and the Model A was introduced to revamp automobile sales. The vehicle was over 80 years old, and had seen better days. But it made Mike excited, and that was – after all – his goal.
To read more about the rebuild and redesign of the truck, including the decision to put in a BMW engine, head on over to Stance | Works.