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Cobra Takes 2nd Place

Wednesday, February 17, 2010 | 12:00 AM

From left, Clint Carter, Todd Hood, Fedrico Marchan, Kelsey Barnes, and Mike Batchelor with the "Cobra," which took 2nd Place at the World of Wheels

The student-built Shelby Cobra from Haleyville Center of Technology took Second Place in the Hand-Built Sports Car Division at the “World of Wheels” in Birmingham this past weekend. [HCT Car Going to Big Show, HBTV.us, February 10]

The Cobra is now on eBay with a reserve price of $40,000. The auction is open for 7 days. Proceeds from the sale will be used on the next project: a 1968 Chevelle. Money from the sale of the 2008 car helped fund the Cobra. Most of the parts were donated.

Mike Batchelor, who teaches Auto Tech at HCT, said most of the vendors donate because “they know that the program is growing and working.” He added that the program builds character, “The kids learn we have to work for what we get.”

And the “kids” did work, earning 2nd place. The division was won by a professional group in Birmingham.

Batchelor is already planning for next year’s project. He said that it would not be a kit car. “We’re going to start with General Motors and end up with Center of Technology,” he said. The car will be eco-friendly, using a corn-based fuel, rather than a fossil fuel. It will also be street legal.

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