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Introducing Students To Sons Of Speed Vintage Motorcycle Racing In Hopes They Will Be Interested In Becoming Motorcycle Mechanics.


From Classroom to Racetrack: Vintage Motorcycle Race Gives Florida Students  First-Hand Learning Experience

Volusia County, FL students visit New Smyrna Speedway as part of Northern Tool + Equipment’s Tools for the Trades™ program  


 Fifty students enrolled in Career & Technical Education (CTE) courses in Volusia County took a field trip to New Smyrna Speedway thanks to Northern Tool + Equipment and their Tools for the Trades™ program, designed to help address the trades labor shortage by igniting a passion for the trades in the next generation. 



 Students met with Sons of Speed racing series founder Billy Lane and professional motorcycle drag racer Dystany Spurlock to learn about their path into trades-related careers and how those careers are in demand. Jon from Blockhead Moto also spoke to the students about his own career journey.


Billy Lane Talking to students
Billy Lane Talking to students

“I used to think kids today just wanted to be social media influencers. But, as I’ve met kids in different parts of the country through Tools for the Trades, their interest and passion for working with their hands has inspired me,” said Lane. “The kids here at the track were so excited to learn and hear about the many trade options out there for them.” 


Dystany with students
Dystany with students

 “To become a professional motorcycle, drag racer, I’ve had to work on my bikes myself,” shared Spurlock. “We’re showing these kids that you can get a good job in the trades no matter your gender or background or where you come from. These are great careers, and it was an honor to tell the kids about my career path and to let them know they can use these skills to be anything they want to be.”

 Students watched dozens of racers and their crews as they worked on their motorcycles during practice runs. All students were given tickets to attend the main race scheduled for Saturday. 

 “Volusia County Schools is excited for our CTE programs to partner with Northern Tool + Equipment and Sons of Speed to provide this unique opportunity through the Tools for the Trades program. As students spend the day at the track, they gain firsthand experience and explore exciting career paths in the trades. This collaboration between Tools for the Trades and our CTE Program promises to inspire and empower the next generation of skilled workers,” said Volusia County Schools Superintendent Dr. Carmen Balgobin.


Students Signing In
Students Signing In

All Students Also Got Bags Of Good Stuff
All Students Also Got Bags Of Good Stuff


 The Tools for the Trade program began in 2021 to help address the growing trade labor shortage across the country. The program is designed to give teachers and students access to professional grade tools and equipment and learning opportunities like the field trip at Sons of Speed. 

 “Our mission with the Tools for the Trades is to help generate excitement and passion in the trades with high school students,” said Suresh Krishna, CEO of Northern Tool + Equipment. “We work with trade professionals in our stores every day and hear firsthand about the lack of skilled laborers entering the workforce.” 


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Good article. I was able to make the races on Saturday and enjoyed to the max. I love to see these older pieces of iron "fly" around the track. It takes a special breed to take an eighty - to a hundred-year-old machine out on the track and push it for all it has. Special breed, indeed.

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