Baja NOW Weekly Update: Week of September 9, 2018

 

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 Repairs being done on Car 48 by old and new members.

Repairs being done on Car 48 by old and new members.

This Sunday shop started with the initiation of more newbies completing their safety quizzes. After their safety quizzes were taken care of, the team got to work on fixing Cars 48 & 88 up for the October 12th Kentucky Race. 

 
 
 Ben Atzen working on fixing up Car 48. 

Ben Atzen working on fixing up Car 48. 

On the other side of the lab, the new members were being taught by President Rob Pohren how to use the mill and lathe. They were learning valuable skills and creating parts for Car 33 on their first Sunday in the shop!

 
 
 Rob Pohren teaching new members Cody Anderson & Armando Revelez to use the Lathe.

Rob Pohren teaching new members Cody Anderson & Armando Revelez to use the Lathe.

 
 

Above you can see Cody & Armando learning on the lathe, while below Pierce is taking his turn using the mill to machine the new knuckles for Car 33. 

 
 

Member Cody Anderson also did research to find the most cost effective lighting system for Car 88 to light it up for the Midnight Mayhem in Kentucky. He then got a lesson in how to wire the lighting up. 

In the office members Abby Denson, Dani Lightfoot, and Paulina Kroczak were hard at work researching the brake system for their 2018-19 Baja design project. 

 
 
 Left to Right: Paulia Kroczak, Abby Denson, and Dani Lightfoot researching brakes. 

Left to Right: Paulia Kroczak, Abby Denson, and Dani Lightfoot researching brakes. 

Today we reached out to Wilwood to learn more about what size calipers would be best for the Baja vehicle. Every week have goals set to make sure we get the brakes done in time and so far we have been right on track!
— Abby Denson & Paulina Kroczak 

VP Kayla Denson & Director of Public Relations Bram Williams were working on organizing all the safety quizzes and checking all of the current members were up to date on their own safety lessons. 

 Kayla and Bram laughing at the mess of paperwork they have to sort through. 

Kayla and Bram laughing at the mess of paperwork they have to sort through. 

By the end of Shop Sunday, Car 88 was up and ready to race.

After finishing up Car 88, and ensuring that the parking lot was clear and the entrances blocked, the baja team took the car for a quick spin to test how it handled.

Thank you for checking out what we were up to this week! Don't forget, we are always looking for donations to our team. We accept material, machine time as well as monetary donations. For more information, check out the "Sponsors" page of our website.