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MEDIA ADVISORY AND PHOTO OP: Aims Community College to Host Jerry Magnuson’s “Trackmaster” Hot Rod for display on September 11 in Windsor

GREELEY, CO – September 8, 2017– Aims Community College will host an open house for the public and students to get an opportunity to view “Trackmaster,” Jerry Magnuson’s final hot rod on Monday, September 11 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Aims Automotive and Technology Center located at 1120 Southgate Drive, Windsor. Co-builder Daniel Vehse will be on hand to talk to students and answer questions from the public on how the car was engineered and built. 

The late Jerry Magnuson is a legend in the hot rod community as well as a substantial supporter of the Aims Automotive programs. He grew up in Greeley and Eaton and started his own custom auto shop as a high school sophomore. In 1957, he helped establish the Igniters Car Club of Weld County, which still supports the Aims Car Show each year. From there, Magnuson had careers as a franchisee of Snap-On Tools, a mechanic on the crew of racing star, Dan Gurney and finally, owner of Magnuson Products Co where he designed and manufactured superchargers, trademarked as “Magna Chargers.”

WHAT: Aims Community College presents Jerry Magnuson’s Hot Rod “Trackmaster”
WHEN: Monday, September 11 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
WHERE: Aims Automotive and Technology Center, 1120 Southgate Drive, Windsor, CO 80550
VISUALS: The late Jerry Magnuson, a respected builder in the national hot rod scene, final car, a 1923 Roadster will be on display and co-builder Daniel Vehse will be on hand to answer questions from visitors
MEDIA RSVP: Please email laura.coale@aims.edu, Use #AimsAuto

For more information and stories about Aims’ 50th anniversary and other upcoming events visit www.aims.edu/aims50. Use #Aims50.

Magnuson’s love of hot rods led him to create two remarkable vehicles. In 2010, Magnuson built “Magnatude” which won the prestigious Car of the Year Award from Hot Rod Magazine. That year, Magnuson requested that the National Hot Rod Power Tour start at the Aims campus. He wanted to take that opportunity to talk to students about the car’s creation.

“Trackmaster” is the second and final car created by Magnuson. Finished earlier this year, the car features a hand fabricated body based on a 1923 Model T roadster. The IMCA Spec LS3 V8 engine puts out 530 horsepower and the car features a Legend LGT-700 5-seed transmission.

“Trackmaster” will be on display at the Goodguys Car Show over the weekend at The Ranch Events Complex in Loveland, and the Aims display on Monday is a special way to get a more in depth look at it and a way for Aims students to learn about the engineering that went into the hot rod.

Aims students are set up for success when they leave Aims. Not only are they well trained in an exceptional facility by highly qualified instructors, they also receive a Snap-On Tool Set upon successful completion of designated classes. This $6,800 value will help graduates get started in a field with a positive outlook. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates a nine percent increase in demand for qualified automotive body repair technicians over the next decade, a better than average outlook compared to other fields. The average salary of auto body technicians is $41,570.

About Aims’ Automotive and Technology Center
Opened January 2010, this 45,000 square-foot facility is home to the Automotive Service Technology and the Automotive Collision Repair programs. The facility has a state-of the-art full service repair shop including paint bays and an upholstery shop. Featuring an automotive simulator lab, computers at every seat and a student lounge, the Automotive and Technology Center creates a first-class environment for students with general education offerings so students can complete their degree requirements on site. Classes are offered during the day, night and weekends at the Aims’ Windsor Campus just north of Iron Mountain and Highway 34. www.aims.edu/campus/windsor/atc/

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