Green Bay, West (WBAY) – Track the sound of fast engines back on a rainy Sunday Northeastern Wisconsin Technical College A car showroom after taking a two-year vacation due to the pandemic.
“I grew up never playing with Barbie,” recalls NWTC sophomore motorsport student Brandi Babik. “I always collected Hot Wheels cars and matchbox cars and all that kind of stuff. They always took care of me and loved taking things apart and putting them back together. So, I was like this the perfect field.”
The perfect area to hone her mechanical skills to help others. The 2012 Dodge Caravan took about six months NWTC Auto Club Students to conceive and repair in order to donate American Veterans with Disabilities Chapter 3 Sunday 1 May.
American Veterans with Disabilities have a branch in Brown County and the Door County area with about 900 members, and they use their volunteer drivers to go to doctor’s appointments, church, or simply shop for groceries.
“I’m still here and I’m still fine,” confirmed Volunteer American Disabled Veterans driver Dick Marbis when asked if he can still drive well with only one leg. Dick was injured while serving in the Air Force in the 1950s in Germany and lost his leg due to bone cancer that he contracted from the injury. He is one of about seven volunteer drivers who will now use the new donated vehicle to pick up other veterans.
“They lasted a long time,” Marb said. “They did all the maintenance on this, and as I understand it, it was part of their school program here.”
At least 2,000 car enthusiasts braved the rainy weather to get back together after a two-year hiatus.
“It’s awesome. I just feel like the world is waking up again after two years in the pandemic,” said NWTC President Jeff Raven. “To be able to have that show, you know it was always a highlight here in college.”
It’s also a highlight for auto students interested in vintage cars.
“There are obviously different learning curves that come with each car,” said Noah Heidel, a second-year automotive student at NWTC. “We get our hands on a little bit of everything. Especially when you learn from other people, you can pick up and learn different tricks of trading different things. So, it’s a different but fun learning curve.”
If you are a disabled veteran and need a ride in the new seven-seater vehicle that was repaired by some of these NWTC students, you can call: 920-338-8620 anytime Monday through Friday during normal business hours.
Disabled veterans got a new donated car to drive vets to doctors’ appointments, church, shopping and groceries.
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