Gearheads never forget their early roots, dark garages filled with tools, parts, exhaust fumes and that dream car they just knew they could restore. So it’s no surprise that fellow motor heads from the Mid-America Packards and our SCE Baja Buggy team enjoy getting together to share ideas about how to “tweak” the Baja so it will “blow the competition’s doors off” at SAE buggy races. The article and pictures on page 4 of the Mid-America’s Packards newsletter, The Data Plate, makes it clear that the team appreciates the mentorship, encouragement and support!
The UMKC SCE student chapter of the Society of Automotive Engineers Baja Buggy Team hosted the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) first annual Mid-America Packards Car Show from 9 am – 2 pm on Wednesday, April 11, on the Quad at UMKC. Students, faculty, staff and visitors enjoyed getting their pictures taken with the vehicles and learning about Packard features our modern cars no longer provide such as storage areas specifically for top hats and golf clubs and front passenger seats able to handle a lady’s hooped opera skirt. Last year’s Baja Buggy was proudly displayed alongside its Packard friends.
Dr. Steve Christy, past director of Mid-America Packards and current secretary of the International Packards Club, worked with Mid-America Packards officers Tom Norman and Jon Root and former director Glenn Dooley to set up UMKC’s first annual Baja Packards show, a fundraiser for the UMKC SCE Baja Buggy Builders. Thanks to Dr. Christy’s efforts, space has reserved for an article in the 4-color International Packard publication. UMKC SAE’s student chapter President Oscar Vallencillos and Vice President Jesus Zamarripa-Ortega worked closely with the Mid-America Packards club, helping to make the show a great success! UMKC’s School of Computing and Engineering thanks the Mid-America Packards for their support and look forward to the next Packard car show at UMKC!