Car Chronicles: SCHS Auto Academy

A lime green Dodge 440 at the show.

By Eva Gardner | Photographer

May 3, 2019

The passion for cars begins at a young age: sometimes with Hot Wheels, sometimes with dad taking you to a car show, and sometimes meeting other people who are passionate about cars. All it takes is the one car, one engine, one unique thing about mechanics and engineering and suddenly, you’re obsessed. You need to know more.

Welcome to the San Clemente Auto Academy Car Show.

Teenagers have a reputation for being angsty, but being a teen also means figuring out who you are and what you like to do. For Auto Academy students, instructed by Warren Caesar, cars and mechanics are the main course. It’s in their DNA.

“I’ve been into cars for forever,” said former Auto Academy student Musashi Doreus. “The auto academy really helped me hone in on my passions.”

The best part about cars is that there’s no time or age limit on them. A 75 year old could dream of a 2019 Dodge Hellcat, or a 7 year old could dream of a 1969 Mustang GT. The best part? A variety, just like this, was at the Auto Academy Show.

“I think it’s a great opportunity to see a lot of different cars,” said Cam Fischer, owner of the R32 Nissan Skyline on display at the show. “For you guys, it generates interest and passion, and hope for the future for the car manufacturing industry.”

Between the library, Little Theater, and cafeteria, the show was a great way to get some steps in. From hydraulics to how an engine works to just cars, this show was definitely one way to stir up that inner passion.

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