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Vote For BCTS Paramus In National Car Challenge

A student works on his car in last year's "Best in Class" competition by Quaker State.
A student works on his car in last year's "Best in Class" competition by Quaker State. Photo Credit: Facebook QUAKER STATE

Two technical school campuses in Bergen County need the community's votes to make it to the next round of the national automotive “Best in Class Challenge.”

The Paramus and Teterboro campuses of Bergen County Technical High School are joining 55 schools competing for a chance to work with experts and win prizes.

To empower the next generation of auto technicians, Quaker State invited schools across the country to compete in restoring clunkers into certified hot rods on a budget. This year’s ride? A fourth generation edition of the muscle car that started it all: The Ford Mustang.

The "Best in Class Challenge" puts students through six weeks of challenges, get-your-hands-dirty learning and auction experience to put their passion for vehicles to the test. They get help along the way from expert judges Tommy Pike of Tommy Pike Customs, and Sung Kang, actor, producer and car enthusiast of “The Fast and the Furious” films.

From Sept. 12-25, approximately 55 semi-finalist schools will be responsible for securing as many votes as possible to be nominated for the "Best in Class Challenge."

The team with the most votes from each of the five markets will then become finalists and will move on to the next stage of the competition comprised of six weeks of automotive challenges beginning Oct. 11.

Click here to cast a vote (1 per person, per day).

Each school’s team is charged with the task of tuning, restoring and customizing a pre-owned car into a pristine, creative representation of their school.

To kick off the competition, the top five schools will each receive a pre-owned vehicle valued at up to $3,000.

For this year’s competition, Quaker State has once again teamed up with AutoZone; teams will be given $2,000 to be used at their local AutoZone retailer to purchase the supplies and tools they’ll need for success in the competition.

Students will be scored on their progress at the end of each week of the competition based on the quality of their work and their overall final product. Additionally, the teams will have to secure online votes each week, which will be factored into their final scores as well.

Judging criteria ranges from general engine maintenance to creativity and quality of the vehicle’s bodywork and customizations.

  • 1st Place Grand Prize – A feature digital article and video on automotive websites, a $2,500 credit account at AutoZone, a customized tool kit ($500 value) and the opportunity to sell their vehicle at auction with proceeds being awarded back to their school.
  • 2nd Place Prize – A $2,000 credit account at AutoZone and ownership of their customized vehicle from the competition.
  • 3rd Place Prize – A $1,500 credit account at AutoZone and ownership of their customized vehicle from the competition.
  • 4th Place Prize – A $1,000 credit account at AutoZone and ownership of their customized vehicle from the competition.
  • 5th Place Prize – A $750 credit account at AutoZone and ownership of their customized vehicle from the competitionThe 1st Place
The attending students and their mentor will be with their customized vehicle when it is auctioned off to the highest bidder. The gross proceeds earned from the auction will be awarded back to the school as prize money.

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