TAUNTON, Massachusetts – It’s a first prize that’s been 36 years in the making.
Steven Crombie, a 1983 graduate of Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical School, took part in the school’s annual motor show in 1986 and took the top prize with his GMC Jimmy truck.
First place received a voucher to let the school’s Painting and Decoration department make a custom sign for the car – a voucher Crombie found decades later in a box of old family photos.
“I had no idea what they were going to say, but I thought I’d take a chance and get in touch and see if I could cash in all these years later,” Crombie said. “They were immediately interested and asked me exactly what I wanted for the board. It all came together like that.”
Nick Hall, a senior in the CAD/CAM program – which Bristol-Plymouth didn’t bid when Crombie won the prize – designed a sign for Crombie’s 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air. Crombie is rebuilding the car almost from scratch and plans to replace the sign. , which has a picture of the vehicle with the words “Bel Air”, to be taken to car shows when the vehicle is complete.
The board was completed under the direction of CAD/CAM instructor Mike Rose. A presentation was held in the program’s shop where Hall explained how he used a laser printer to make the sign.
“I couldn’t be happier with the way the sign came out,” Crombie said. “Cooperation with the school was so smooth and easy. I can’t wait to show off the sign when I go to shows with this new car.”
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