Alternative learning students build racecar from scratch

Myrtle Beach (WMBF)- Students at the Palmetto Academy for Learning Motorsports are getting ready to show off the race car they built from the ground up.

"We started out with main frame rails on a flat surface and built the whole cage up," says Ron Miller, the instructor. "Every piece of tubing is custom made, custom bent, custom notched and welded," he added.

The car will be featured at the Horry County School Technology Fair and The Grand Strand Tech Expo Wednesday along with nearly 400 other entries.

It is a big deal for the students. School officials say the alternative program is targeted at high risk students, or students who struggle in normal high schools and often end up dropping out.

"It's just a little spark for them to realize that they are interested in something that keeps them from going astray in other things," said Miller.

68 students attend PALM and can obtain a high school diploma as well as experience toward a career in motor sports, aviation and welding fields. The school is located off of Highway 501 across from the Tanger Outlets. The Tech Expo is free and open to the public Wednesday from noon until 6 p.m.

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