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College President and Regional Media Meet SpaRRCky

October 10, 2017

The shop-floor was filled with energy last week as a team of Red River College students unveiled their Shell Eco-Marathon racecar to the college President and regional media.

“This is one of the best examples of applied learning,” said Red River College President, Paul Vogt. “When you combine industry-led training, with highly motivated students, and faculty expertise, you can achieve great things.”

View photos of the event and the team at work HERE.

A CTV News film crew made this excellent video capturing the “electric atmosphere” of the car unveiling, as the CTV news anchor put it:

The car was unveiled after a campus-wide vote took place to name the car. The campus community submitted over 50 proposed car names, which were then paired down to a shortlist of six names by a judging panel.

Nearly 300 students, faculty, and staff then voted for their favourite car name, with “SpaRRCky” winning by a narrow margin over “Rebel Racer.”

Winnipeg Free Press reporter Murray McNeill wrote this solid summary of the event.

Online news outlet ChrisD reported on the event, as did Classic 107, CityNews, and the weekly newspaper, Canstar.


RRC Polytech campuses are located on the lands of Anishinaabe, Ininiwak, Anishininew, Dakota, and Dené, and the National Homeland of the Red River Métis.

We recognize and honour Treaty 3 Territory Shoal Lake 40 First Nation, the source of Winnipeg’s clean drinking water. In addition, we acknowledge Treaty Territories which provide us with access to electricity we use in both our personal and professional lives.

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