California Trip 2006

The annual educational California trip was held February 8 - 12, 2006.  The purpose of the trip is to expose existing High School automotive students to various aspects of the automotive industry and recruit new students to come to Weber State University in the Fall.  The main attraction for this trip was the 2006 NHRA Winternational drag races at Auto Club Raceway in Pamona, CA. 

February 8, 2006.

91 High School students and teachers, and 4 WSU automotive program representatives began the trip with a flight to Los Angeles and a long drive to the hotel in Buena Park, CA.  The participating high Schools were:

    • Blackfoot High School, Blackfoot ID
    • Boise Professional Technical Center, Boise, ID
    • Box Elder High School, Brigham City, UT
    • Clearfield High School, Clearfield UT
    • Cottonwood High School, Salt Lake City UT
    • Davis Applied Technology College, Kaysville, UT
    • Layton DATC, Layton UT
    • Layton High School, Layton UT
    • Marsh Valley High School, Arimo ID
    • Provo High School, Provo UT
    • Timpview High School, Provo UT
    • Viewmont High School, Bountiful UT

February 9, 2006

Activities included a tour of the Edelbrock Corporation in Torrance, CA.  The students toured the manufacturing facility for cylinder heads, intake manifolds, engines, and accessories.  A tour of the Edelbrock automobile collection was a popular event because of the rare and collector cars on display.

 Edelbrock Corporation Headquarters in Torrance, CA.

The cylinder head production line was interesting and informative.

A custom 434 horsepower small block Chevrolet engine was being dynamometer tested.

The Edelbrock car collection was an amazing collection of rare and collector cars.

Customized classic cars were a hit with the students.

Next, a tour of the Toyota USA Automobile Museum was taken.  A collection of historically important Toyotas spanning 1936 through the present day were on display.  The students were fed lunch and treated to a video of the History of Toyota on the museum floor.

The museum entrance in Torrance, CA.

Early model Toyotas as well as late model Toyotas were on display.

Several Toyota Motorsports vehicles were on display.

A rare 1995 Toyota MR2 was a favorite of WSU Automotive student Chris Conk.

Next was a tour of the American Honda Motor Sales training and development facilities.  WSU alumnist Matthew Bown, an instructional designer for the Honda technical training development team welcomed some of the prospective students.  The students were also treated to a tour of a collection of historically important Hondas spanning 1966 through the present day.

American Honda Motor Sales Headquarters in Torrance, CA.

Matthew Bown (left), a WSU alumnist, welcomed some of the students.  Steve Stuart, WSU instructor (right).

The Honda Technical training facility for Honda dealership technicians.

A cutaway view of a Honda automatic transmission was on display.

A cutaway view of a Honda Hybrid vehicle Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) system was on display.

February 10, 2006.

Activities included a tour of the Chip Foose Design shop in Huntington Beach, CA.  Chip Foose is the star of the TLC channel program "Overhaulin". The students were able to view several custom car projects in the works.  The rest of the day was free time for each group to do as they pleased.  Many visited Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, and the beach.


Students waiting for the gates to open.  The shop is only open to visitors during lunchtime.

There were two custom project cars on display and one custom 54 Chevrolet being worked on.

A customized 55 Ford show truck was on display.

Clay Bushell, a current Weber State automotive student helped arrange for the Foose shop tour.

February 11, 2006

Activities included a tour of the Boyd Coddington Hot Rod Shop in La Habra, CA.  The students spent the rest of the day at the NHRA Winternational drag races at Auto Club Raceway in Pamona, CA.


The Boyd Coddington's Hot Rod Shop Showroom had custom hot rods for sale.

The Boyd Coddington's Shop had custom hot rods being built.

Next, the students attended the 2006 NHRA winternationals in Pamona, CA.

The main entrance.

The dragstrip was packed with thousands of fans.  The top fuel dragster and funny car races were the favorite events.

The top fuel dragsters were so loud that the sound waves physically pushed your body back towards the seats.  Ear plugs were a must.  The fastest time for top fuel dragsters in the quarter mile was 4.490 seconds at 317.34 mph by Tony Schemacher.

The students were able to see a top fuel dragster crew assembling an engine.

The students were able to see a top fuel funny car crew assembling an engine.

A funny car HEMI engine.