February 12, 2013, Allentown, Pa. – The Greater Lehigh Valley Auto Dealers Association (GLVADA) is once again sponsoring the annual GLVADA Auto-Tech Competition, slated to take place on Saturday, Feb. 16 at Northampton Community College. The competition will begin at 8:00 a.m. with awards slated for 12:30 p.m.
Now in its 12th year, the GLVADA Auto-Tech Competition brings together eight teams from area vo-tech schools to compete against one another in a series of technical challenges. Teams work together to find bugs and technical deficiencies in their specific car. Areas to be examined by the student teams include engine measurement, brake measurement, basic electrical, wave form interpretation, electrical wiring repair, engine performance and information retrieval.
This year, the Dodge Dart has been selected for the competition. Doug Strohl, GLVADA dealer liaison for the Auto-Tech Competition and owner of Strohl Automotive Services worked with area Dodge dealers to secure the vehicles for use. Troy Miller will again serve as chair of the competition, while Vince Luppino, senior service training specialist at Toyota Motor Sales, N.Y. region, will serve as chief judge.
The team selected as the winner will go on to compete in the National Auto-Tech Competition in New York, slated for April 1, 2 and 3. Often placing in the top 10 out of 30 teams invited to compete at the New York completion, the GLVADA Auto-Tech Competition winning team has placed second, sixth, ninth and thirteenth in recent years.
"Working with Northampton Community College and sponsoring this competition is one of the ways GLVADA provides our area vo-tech students an opportunity to showcase their skills," said Tom Kwiatek, executive director, GLVADA. "Our organization supports NCC’s programs and we are proud that our dealerships employee these graduates in their service areas."
The Greater Lehigh Valley Auto Dealers Association was formed to invest in the great place where we live and work by stimulating regional auto sales and supporting selected nonprofit organizations. GLVADA, a nonprofit association of more than 40 local dealerships, benefits the local economy by encouraging car buyers to shop in the greater Lehigh Valley. This, in turn, spurs job creation, business growth and increased municipal revenue. GLVADA contributes 50 percent of its annual proceeds to nonprofit organizations and funds auto tech scholarships for area students. To learn more about GLVADA and support its efforts to help our unique region, visit GLVADA.org.