Stories by Omar Reyes
Photos by Joshua Miller
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Although the Long Beach Grand Prix attracted 182,000 people, the Mini Grand Prix at the PCC drew several hundred as Aztlan women and men won the 41st annual LBCC races Saturday, April 23.
After several competitive races, the Aztlan men’s social-service club won the contest for the 9th consecutive year against the Tong men’s social-service club while the women’s Atzlan Lotus won against PNK.
Jose Fregoso, 21, a criminal justice major and a member of the red team of The Order of Tong, said the Mini Grand Prix “was competitive and tough, but that’s what we expect. We expect to have real tough teams to compete against and this year was one of those competitive ones.”
Clubs that participated in the races included Ladies of Athena, KCTY Radio Association, Puente Club, Metal Fabrication and Welding Club and TNT.
The winning women’s Aztlan Lotus team named AZ Lotus included Judith Garcia, Katherine Lopez and Iveth Torres while the men’s team named AZ 8iF included David Quezada, Charlie Winston and Juran Day.
The main competitive team against the women were the PNK Pink Wolves and the men’s adversaries were Tong Red.
Day said, “The win was really great. We messed up towards the end, but knowing the fact that we pulled off the victory at the end made it worthwhile.”
Day said, “The Mini Grand Prix really brings all the clubs together, even people who aren’t in clubs and volunteers. Everybody’s having fun since it is fun and competitive. It’s a great experience.”
Torres said the other teams from other clubs did really well and were competitive. “This win was exciting because the ladies didn’t win past semesters and since this was the first time I was able to participate, I’m glad to be part of the winning team.”
The Mini Grand Prix also received visits from Trustees Ginny Baxter and Jeff Kellogg. In addition, Kevin Guadamuz, LAC Student Life Club Senate President, was crowned the royalty king.
Derek Oriee, Student Life adviser for the Mini Grand Prix, said at least two incidences of instant replays were used when two teams came close together. The replay rulings were the first for the Mini Grand Prix.
He said the decision to change the day of the Mini Grand Prix from a Thursday to a Saturday was done so more students could participate because “after three years, there was a decline in student participation and some students skipped class.”
Oriee participated in the Mini Grand Prix as a student from 1989-1991 and said many people wanted to join clubs and they wanted to participate then. Entries were limited due to an overabundance of students.
In the recent races, Oriee playfully jokes that he refers to the new generation as the “Nintendo” generation because not many students want to participate in the Mini Grand Prix and Oriee often encourages students to join.
The adviser said, “This Mini Grand Prix went well. I’m excited that more people participated. I felt it was a positive outcome.”
Firebird highlights Show ‘N’ Shine car show.
Classic cars were presented in the Show ‘N’ Shine car show in parking lot 7 at the PCC on Saturday, April 23
“I thought the cars were pretty cool. My favorite was the Pontiac Firebird,” said Diego Contreras, 20, a mechanical engineering major. “I think if LBCC hosted more car shows, more people would be interested and attend.”
The black 1976 Pontiac Firebird is owned by Brendon Vetuskey. Taking inspiration from Hot Wheels, Vetuskey said he built the car from scratch, took him 5 1/5 years to build and cost about $50,000.
Vetuskey added several modifications including frames, subframes, subframe connectors, stretched quarter panels, an added roll cage, mini-tubs in front and back, a recessed engine with fuel injection and overdrive with 4-wheel disc brakes, 4 link suspension and tubular front control arms suspension.
Instructional technician of the horticulture department Brian Hastie took the opportunity to show his 1968 Volkswagen, which he’s had for 15 years. After buying it online for about $8,000.
Hastie said, “I like people to come out and see my car and I like driving it. That’s what these cars are about. It’s about driving them and having fun with them. That’s why I have it. I was glad I was able to bring my car out since it was fun.”
Norm Saumure, campus plumber, invited his car club, The Sultan Car Club, to display its cars.