WyoTech Helps Restore Car for Injured Soldier-July 19, 2009—WyoTech Long Beach
Posted Thursday, Jul 16, 2009 by
29 year-old Marine Staff Sergeant, Octavia Sanchez, will get the surprise of a lifetime when he gets to see the restoration of his 1962 Impala.
Octavia was the victim of a roadside bomb in Iraq that resulted in the loss of his right hand. He also sustained injuries to his left hand and third-degree burns over 70% of his body.
With the help of the Edelbrock Corporation and Fatsco Transmission Parts, the students and faculty at the WyoTech-Long Beach campus completely rebuilt and restored the small-block Chevrolet engine and transmission to better-than-stock condition.
A good friend and neighbor of Octavia, Johnny “BJ” King, will do the honors of presenting the ’62 Impala to Octavia at his car show this weekend at Hollywood Park Casino in Inglewood, California. Scores of lowriders, hot rods, customs and motorcycles will showcase-courtesy of “The I am King of Cali Car Show.”
The presentation takes place in front of car show participants on the main stage near the end of the show. Lowrider Magazine will also be there to cover the exciting story.
Who: WyoTech-Long Beach students/faculty and U.S. Marine Staff Sargeant, Octavio Sanchez
What: Presentation of a restored 1962 Impala to the owner, Marine Staff Sargeant Octavio Sanchez, who was severely injured by a roadside bomb in Iraq in 2005
When: This Sunday, July 19, 2009 from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Where: Hollywood Park Casino, 3883 W Century Blvd, Inglewood, CA 90303 at the “I Am King of Cali Car Show” (show hours – 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.)
Why: To say “thank you” to Octavio Sanchez for the sacrifices he has made for our country.
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George Kremposki After WyoTech, I worked at a few collision shops and four hot rod shops. I have a steady flow of people who want me to do work for them. Some wait up to a year for me to do the work on their babies. I've taken a short vacation from building cars and have turned my efforts to building some of the country's coolest jet boats.