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Bradley students host classic car show

Published: Apr. 9, 2022 at 9:23 PM CDT
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PEORIA (WEEK) - Classic car fanatics got their fill Saturday, as dozens of vintage vehicles made their way to Bradley University’s Founder’s Circle.

The Society of Automotive Engineers hosted the event to show off some cars and raise awareness of some of the work they do at Bradley.

There were even some meals on wheels as food trucks made their way to the show, and the group held a 50/50 raffle to help raise funds for future events and projects.

“It’s great to see. We’re all car people, so we love seeing cool cars. There is a ton of variety here, which is super nice,” mechanical engineering major Jradon Smith said. “We’ve got everything from Camaros to Jeeps, and everything else.”

The Society of Automotive Engineers designs and builds cars from scratch, and right now, the group is working on a baja-style, off-road vehicle, a formula-one style racer, and a super-mileage model that promotes fuel efficiency.

When they finish building, they take the cars to international competitions.

“Today is really about getting out into the community, showing the community what we are doing and how they can be involved, and having a good day in the spring,” mechanical engineering major Holly Olson said.

This was the Society’s first major event since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, and it is the first classic car show held by the group since 2012.

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