SAE MidMichigan Section

Watch the July 22, 2020 Drone Technology Meeting

Royal Bobcat GTOs

Speaker: Milt Schornack,
President and CEO, Center for Automotive Research

Sept. 21, 2020
6:00 PM Social Hour
7:00 PM Dinner
8:00 PM Program

Milt Schornack, one of Detroit’s top mechanics in the 1960s, who pioneered the Ram Air system and, as a tuner and driver, became the face of Pontiac’s legendary GTO. Motor City Muscle has been responsible for the powerplant in the “new” 1966 Pontiac GTO that Milt has put together. 1966 was a good year for Milt and the Royal Team. The ’66’ finished the year winning its class at the Super Stock Nationals at York, PA. Perhaps one of the most famous Royal Bobcats was this Grenadier Red 1964, built on November 2,1963, and eventually shipped to Royal on November 8. What happened to the car during that six-day period is open for conjecture; however, it most likely spent a few days next door at the Pontiac Engineering garage before finding its way to Royal Oak. Equipped with the 348 hp Tri-Power and four-speed transmission, the GTO was given the “Royal Treatment” with the assistance of Milt and then delivered with an identical GTO painted blue over to Car and Driver magazine. Car and Driver wrung both cars out at Daytona, rigorously testing both cars. 

The Royal Bobcat GTOs accelerated from 0-60 mph in 4.6 seconds and turned the quarter mile in the low-thirteens. Car and Driver made no bones that the cars were tweaked by Royal, and pronounced the Pontiac GTO to be the equal of its Ferrari namesake in its March 1964 issue, which elicited howls of protest from the magazine’s European-oriented readers, but provided Pontiac with reams of copy and great PR. It was after the Car and Driver test that GTO sales went ballistic.

Milt Schornack and his Royal Bobcat GTO

For more information contact Steve Davis by email  or telephone: (517) 295-2973

Planned SAE Events

Royal Bobcat GTOs (the book)

By Milt Schornack
Sep. 21, 2020
Location TBD

The portal for papers is open now and closes September 30, 2020

Abstracts must be submitted online via website page to only ONE session. Offered papers shall not have been previously published; and if accepted, contributors will not release their paper for publication through other media. New for 2021, the event committee will be accepting “oral only” submissions. All oral only submission abstracts and presentations are subject to review and approval by the event committee. Oral presentations must be technical and focused on solving an engineering problem.

  • Paper acceptance will be based on organizer moderated peer review of a review ready manuscript.
  • Refer to the author resources site at for other useful information in preparing your paper.
  • Portal for submission of abstracts is open now
  • Deadine for submitting paper and oral only abstract offers: September 30, 2020
  • Review-Ready Manuscripts due to session organizers: December 11, 2020
  • Final Manuscripts and copyright assignments due to SAE: April 19, 2021
  • Oral only PowerPoint presentations due to SAE: April 5, 2021

Building batteries
American Battery Solutions

By Josh Payne, Director of Product Engineering
Oct. 26, 2020
Location TBD

Carla Bailo
Charging & Fueling the Next 100 Years

By Carla Bailo, President and CEO, Center for Automotive Research
Nov. 16, 2020
Location TBD

Winning students
Collegiate Chapter Project Presentation Competition

Feb. 25, 2021
Bavarian Inn Lodge Conference Center, 1 Covered Bridge Ln, Frankenmuth, MI 48734

Formula SAE Racing

Wed.-Sat., May 5-8, 2021
Michigan International Speedway, 12626 US-12, Brooklyn, MI 49230 

2021 Noise and Vibration Conference and Exhibition

June 14-17, 2021
Grand Rapids, MI

The 2021 Noise and Vibration Conference and Exhibition serves as the industry’s forum for leading automotive, commercial vehicle, and aerospace professionals to share the latest technologies surrounding NVH and sound quality. Here, you will network with the entire supply chain community – from OEMs and tier suppliers to manufacturers, material developers, and researchers.

Through technical sessions, workshops, panels, an exhibition, and numerous critical networking opportunities, you will learn how industry pacesetters are addressing challenges such as noise source identification, vibration prevention, and harshness reduction.


The Section Leadership Team elected for Governing Board officer positions for the 2020 – 2021 section year which started June 1, 2020.

The elected Governing Board positions are:
Section Chairperson (required position) —- ( Bernard Santavy ) 
Treasurer (required position) ——————- ( Robert Miller ) 
Secretary ——————————————-  ( Pat Bisson )
Vice Chair Membership ————————  ( Alex Rath )
Vice Chair Section Planning ——————-  ( Mark Pope ) 
Vice Chair Student Activities —————— ( Tom Spendlove )
Vice Chair Corporate Relations ————— ( Ryan Ma )
Manager Website (WebMaster) —————- ( Dale Stephan )
Director Motor Sports ————————— ( Bill Owen )

Appointed positions:
Company Rep. Chair ————————- ( Anthony Santavy )
General Arrangements Chair ————— ( Bernard Santavy )
Ticket Committee Chair. ——————– ( Steve Davis ) 
Newsletter Editor —————————– ( Alex Rath ) 
Program Chair. ——————————— ( Mark Pope )
Manager Membership Recruitment ——- ( Ryan Ma )

Call for Mid-Michigan Section SAE Member Input

The Section Leadership Team is requesting comments and suggestions from the section membership as to ways the section may better support the member’s needs and expectations. Over the years the job requirements and work environment for the members in this section has dramatically changed. The SLT (Section Leadership Team) believes we are not keeping up with the rapidly changing interests and needs of the modern engineer.

The SLT needs to know what types of Dinner Meeting Programs and Presentations the section members would find relevant as well as entertaining. Additionally how technical are these programs and presentations to be?

There also is the option of having events without a formal plated meal. Informational seminars providing information and/or training can be produced with light refreshments to save time. Also timing most be considered. What day of the week and at what time should events be held?

These are just a few of the questions and considerations the SLT would appreciate input from the section members. Please take a few minutes from your busy schedule to send your comment and suggestions to the SLT via email

On the topic of section communication, what is the best and/or preferred medium? Would the SAE Member Connect Mid-Michigan Microsite provide the best conduit? We have been using a service called Constant Contact to communicate section activities. The Detroit Section uses this tool as do other sections. We are experiencing a 20 to 25 percent opening rate which is on a par with Detroit Section’s experience. Then there is the old standby snailmail. Would anyone care to comment on communications methods?

Call for Volunteers

The Section Leadership Team is extending an invitation to the section membership to join us in managing the Mid-Michigan Section. There are opportunities to participate a little or a lot as your available time permits. The SLT needs help with communications and event promotions. Just helping with ticket sales and reservations can have a big impact on section performance with just a little personal time. The value of new volunteers is the fresh ideas they bring to the team. The SLT needs fresh thinking to stay current with the latest trends.

The SLT holds a Governing Board Meeting once a month. A volunteering team member can attend in person or via webex. Being a SLT member is not all work. We actually have fun once in a while. Working with the SAE Collegiate Chapters is rewarding. We have a National Engineer’s Week event featuring the Collegiate Chapters. We participate in Flint, Michigan’s “Back to the Bricks” with an award presentation. New volunteers would allow these programs to expand.

The SLT hopes to hear from each and everyone of the section members. We will be publishing Governing Board Meeting dates with the Constant Contact eBlast and every section member is invited to attend so we may become acquainted. A light dinner is provided at these Monday evening meetings.

Bernard Santavy …….. Section Chairperson

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