Students all revved up over rebuild

A group of students at Miller Technology High School have transformed an old rusty Holden ute into a thundering street race car.

For the past three years, close to 60 students have added their sweat, skills, craftsmanship and hours of labour to the project to complete the car, as part of the Miller Technology High School program.

The car recently had its first official outing at Eastern Creek's Sydney Dragway.

Industrial arts head teacher, Jeff Goodwin, was behind the wheel, while close to 40 students watched on as their project came to life.

The car will go on display at the V8 Supercars held at Homebush this Friday and weekend.

Mr Goodwin, who founded the program, said it not only caught the eye and interest of students, but also other schools who were adopting the program.

"It teaches students about road safety and encourages them [students] not to do street racing," Mr Goodwin said.

"If they [students] have an interest in cars and racing, they can go down to the races at Eastern Creek instead of doing it on the streets.

"There's also a lot of maths fabricated into this program, as well as automotive skills."

Mr Goodwin brought the car to school to help students who had lost interest in school work.

"I've seen the confidence of students boost so much through this program," he said.

"We have so many who are now going on to start apprenticeships.

"They have learned a lot of skills.

"We designed everything and built everything from scratch."

The Miller High Drag Race program is opened to students in years 9-12. The car will be on display at the V8 Supercars at Homebush this Friday, December 6-8.

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