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Big Thaw Car Show was a Success

River Hawk Racing Fundraises for May Competition

Umass Lowell's Auto-show, a car's auto part show.

By Jessica Provan

On March 28, there were 240 cars parked in the Riverview lot on South Campus at the Big Thaw Car Show to support the River Hawk Racing, Formula SAE Club at UMass Lowell.

River Hawk Racing is a student club at the University, competing in the 2010 Formula SAE International Competition. The club has 35 members, and one faculty adviser, Prof. James Sherwood.

The club put together the event to help fund the building and travel expenses for the team’s endeavors this year.

“The team is building a Formula SAE car for the 2010 SAE compitition in Michigan, this May,” says David Willis, a assistant professor in Mechanical Engineering.

The show was an event for those who love cars. Owners from all over New England were there and brought cars ranging from high end to classics.

“Many of these were car aficionado’s autos,” says Willis. “There were everything from Aston Martins, Lotuses, Caddies, Mustangs, Challengers, Jeeps, Hondas, Volvos, and Subarus.”

The event was put together by freshman Ryan McIntosh, who led the effort.

“Ultimately, Ryan really showed great leadership as a freshman to get this done,” says Willis.

On the team’s facebook page, the team thanked everyone who came to the show and concluded that they made the majority of the funds needed to successfully make the trip to Michigan. They will continue to work on the finishing touches on their team’s car over the next few weeks, followed by dynamic testing and driver training.

They are looking to involve the community, inspire school spirit, and win at the May 12-15 competition.

The club's Facebook fan page can be found at