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SAE chapter shows off vehicles, OU at international auto show

Friday, January 13, 2012
SAE chapter shows off vehicles, OU at international auto show
By Eric Reikowski, media relations assistant

Along with showcasing cutting-edge products from the world’s leading automakers, this year’s North American International Auto Show will also spotlight vehicles created right here at Oakland University. 

The OU Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Collegiate Chapter’s 2010 and 2011 award-winning formula- style race cars are currently on display at Cobo Center, in downtown Detroit. This is Oakland’s second year appearing in the show and marks the first time the university has received sponsorship for an exhibition, according to Tom Garvey, OU SAE business manager. 

“This year, we have a fabulous display that was donated to us by OU alum Tracy Lindsay, proprietor of Lindsay Exhibit Group,” Garvey said. “The company has been working with us for about two months on design, graphics and lighting for our exhibit. We also have a very nice ramp that was donated by RAMP-BOSS USA.” 

OU SAE members are manning the exhibit located in the building’s main concourse, where attendees can admire the cars and learn about the university. OU Admissions staff will be on hand to answer questions and provide information about university programs during the show’s Education Day on Wednesday, Jan. 18.

Representatives from the OU Alumni Association and School of Engineering and Computer Science will also be available.

Designed and built by Oakland Students, both vehicles are well-traveled in competition. The 2011 car claimed 11th place out of 84 teams that faced off in the Formula SAE California event held last June in Fontana, CA. The 2010 car has captured its share of honors, including the Detroit Sports Car Club of America’s Formula SAE class title, and was named “Best Looking” at a competition in Toronto. 
Oakland’s SAE chapter regularly participates in other events, including the Woodward Dream Cruise, Concours d’Elegance of America, Rockin’ Rods in Rochester and the SAE World Congress at Cobo Center. The team is currently working on its 2012 vehicle in preparation for an SAE event at Michigan International Speedway this spring.

“We’re so excited to be displaying our vehicles amongst the newest and best autos in the world,” said Stephanie Moore, OU SAE marketing manager. “We feel very fortunate to have this opportunity to share our success with the public.”

Oakland’s exhibit will remain on display until the show wraps up on Sunday, Jan. 22.

To learn more about Oakland’s SAE collegiate chapter, e-mail, or visit the website.