Uncle Joe Benson/Dedication of Alex Xydias Center for Automotive Arts.
June 18, 2011: In the midst of the 47th Annual L.A. Roadsters Show, J.B. had the honor of hosting the dedication of the Alex Xydias Center for Automotive Arts. A division of L.A. Fairplex's CTEC (the Career & Technical Education Center), the AXC program was established to provide students with a reason to stay in school, an opportunity to develop skills for a viable career and the work ethic necessary to succeed. Having established the first SO-CAL Speed Shop in 1946, Alex was one of the pioneers of California hot rodding. Over the next 20 years, Alex set many Bonneville land speed records, became involved in the formation of the NHRA (National Hot Rod Association) and set several drag racing records, made award winning documentary films, was the editor of "Car Craft Magazine" before helping found the huge SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) organization. The epitome of hard work, creativity, teamwork, innovation, achievement and excellence, Alex is the perfect inspiration for future generations of car enthusiasts! Rock & Roll!
(Photos by Jim Sleeper.)
J.B. opens the ceremony.
Don Kendrick emphasizing of the importance of an education.
Alex Xydias and Jon Blickenstaff complete the ceremony.
Alex with some of the AXC's first class.
Hanging with one of the major forces behind the AXC, SO-CAL Speed Shop's Pete Chapouris.
Sharing stories with Gale Banks Engineering turbocharging guru Gale Banks.
Sure, I can pose next to this vintage Bonneville salt flats speedster... but can I drive it?
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