MOUNT VERNON — Knox County Career Center Collision Repair Lab students are learning a valuable lesson in using their skills to support their community, as they are auctioning off a completely custom built 1968 Pontiac GTO tailgate trailer for Food for the Hungry Dec. 8 at the Memorial Building and Theater in Mount Vernon.
Also known as a Car-B-Q, the Pontiac GTO was completely rebuilt, with a six-burner charcoal grill under the hood, a wood fired smoker, two attached propane tanks, a large flat-top griddle in the rear, a diamond plate tool box for storage, with the original old school lights and it was designed to be light enough to be pulled by a car, Collision Lab instructor Tim Hall said.
“The idea for it came from the movie ‘Gone in 60 Seconds.’” Hall said. “At the end of the movie they are grilling out of the front end of their car.”
The students performed 99.9 percent of the work on the trailer, he said, which began with designing the trailer and researching the original 1968 Pontiac GTO specifications and structures. The students, with some instruction and help from Hall, completed every step of the process, including the design, welding, metal fabrication, cutting, mounting, painting and clear coat of the Car-B-Q.
The Collision Repair lab has collaborated with Food for the Hungry for approximately 25 years, Hall said. With the trailer being up for auction to support the Food for the Hungry drives, Hall explained that he would like to see the Car-B-Q raise at least $5,000.
“My students always do a great job,” Hall said. “They loved that this was a cool project and I think it makes students more interested to work on something with meaning. It’s like anything in life, if they’re interested in it, and with something like this, if they think it’s cool, they will work really hard on it. They are always more motivated to work on something with meaning.”
The students raised all of the funds to build the Car-B-Q, as well, Hall explained. He estimated that approximately $2,000 in materials were used to make the trailer, with the GTO front clip, which included new tires and springs. Everything is basically new on the car, Hall said, with the addition of grills, which two propane grills were discounted in price from Lowe’s of Mount Vernon.
The whole unit is incredibly light-weight and designed to be mobile, as it is all on wheels. It is very easy for one person to move on their own, Hall said.
“This is not just a car show piece,” Hall explained. “It’s great for a backyard barbecue, or even an OSU game. Could you imagine someone showing up to tailgate at the ’Shoe with this? You’d be a hit.”
The KCCC Tailgate Grill Car-B-Q trailer will be auctioned off Dec. 8 at 1:06 p.m. at the Memorial Building and Theater in Mount Vernon.
For more information on upcoming appearances call KCCC student services at 740-397-5820, ext. 3224. To see the items up for auction visit www.foodforthehungrycares.org, choose the auctions tab, then KCCC online auctions.