Southwestern Community College's (SWCC’s) auto collision repair/refinish program came home with first place honors in the Pedal Car Challenge, part of the 60th Annual O'Reilly Auto Parts World of Wheels, held February 27-March 1, 2015, at the Century Link Center in Omaha, NE.

SWCC's winning pedal car was constructed by students at the college. The hood, grill, steering wheel, and dash were the only original untouched items on the car.  The rest of the car was built from scratch.  At SWCC, the collision repair/refinish students were involved in the body and paint, a group of welding students completed the fabrication, and a group of collision repair/refinish students in an automotive technology class did the wiring of the horn, headlights, and taillights.

The Pedal Car Challenge was sponsored by Summit Racing Equipment. A pedal car challenge for students from technical colleges takes place at each World of Wheels show throughout the country.  Judging criteria included creativity, quality of workmanship, overall appearance, attention to detail, and representation of the theme, "Summit Racing Equipment."

Jeff Magneson, SWCC collision repair/refinish instructor, accompanied the students to the Omaha World of Wheels event.  During their time there, students also got to attend a career day where they listened to motivational speakers talk about industry-related issues.