WAUKEGAN, Ill. — Atturo Tire Corp. is supporting SEMA's High School Vehicle Build Program — which connects high school automotive shop classes with specialty-equipment manufacturers' products to build one-of-a-kind customized vehicles — for a second straight year.
Funded by the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), the program this year involves five high schools whose auto shop classes will customize Jeep Wrangler TJs under the guidance and instruction of their instructors using donated aftermarket products from partnering sponsor companies.
The program this year focuses on suspension, interior and exterior accessories, according to Atturo, which donated sets of tires — Trail Blade BOSS tires in sizes LT325/60R20 and 37x12.5R17 — for four of the projects.
After the vehicles are transformed, they will be sold at the end of the school year with proceeds going toward the purchase of another vehicle to support a build for the 2020 school year — making the program a self-sustaining one.
"We're proud to partner again with SEMA this year to help foster and educate the next generation of automotive aftermarket enthusiasts and specialists," Atturo Tire Marketing Manager Joe Gomez said.
"And we're excited for high school students nationwide to learn more about how Atturo tires can help them Go Their Own Way with first-hand experience at installing tires as part of these aftermarket builds."
The schools receiving tires from Atturo this year are: Santa Fe ECO High School, Santa Fe, N.M.; Comstock High School, Kalamazoo, Mich.; R.L. Turner High School, Carrollton, Texas; and Santa Ynez Valley High School in Santa Ynez, Calif.
Last year, the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited project put together by Santa Fe ECO High School — which included fitting a set of Trail Blade BOSS tires — was auctioned for $56,175, Atturo said.