Northeast State is delighted to partner with Bristol Motor Speedway (BMS) to create the BMS Express for visitors to this year’s The Pinnacle Speedway in Lights Powered by TVA winter wonderland.
The BMS Express project was unveiled Thursday afternoon at the kickoff announcement for The Pinnacle Speedway in Lights hoiday light show. Now entering its 19th year, BMS gates open for this beloved holiday season spectacular on Nov. 13.
Northeast State metal fabrication students and staff are using their skills to give a BMS shuttle bus the look of a steam-powered locomotive. The work involves creating the exterior metal features of a train.
“It is an opportunity to have our students put the skills they have learned in the classroom to work,” said Dr. Sam Rowell, dean of Advanced Technologies division at Northeast State. “It is also a great way to participate in a community service event.”
Once finished, the Express will offer children and families the opportunity to travel through the Speedway in Lights exhibits in a warm, indoor setting. Passengers can also enjoy tasty hot chocolate on those chilly nights.
Claudia Byrd, executive director of the Bristol Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities, said The BMS Express was one of several new features created to entertain visitors to The Pinnacle Speedway in Lights experience this year.
“We are honored to be part of our region’s Christmastime tradition,” said Byrd. “Hundreds of people come together to volunteer and thousands more visit and include us in their lasting memories.”
The Bristol Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities has raised more than $9 million for area child-based charities. In 2014, the chapter distributed more than $749,000 to a record 88 regional children’s agencies.