Premium V4 Powertrain & Lingenfelter Collection Tour

Speaker: Fritz Kayle,
Katech CEO and co-founder
Program Chair: Mark Pope
MONDAY, APRIL 29, 2013

7819 Lochlin Drive,
Brighton, Mi 
6:00 PM Social Hour
7:00 PM Dinner
8:00 PM Program

Speaker: Fritz Kayle, Katech Founder & CEO presents V4 High Performance Engines

Due to rising demand, Katech designed and manufactured an innovative, highly efficient, high power density, compact and configurable V4 engine to power your auto-sport, aviation, marine, ATV and industrial applications. The V4 draws on the legendary architecture of the Corvette LS series V8 engine. The engine is very light and because of its’ compact design can be retro-fitted into almost any application.


Falcon Supercar

Speaker: Jeff Lemke
Program Chair: Mark Pope
MONDAY, MARCH 18, 2013
Holiday Inn

Everything great starts from a single, powerful idea. Born out of pure sports car passion and the unquenchable desire to fill the void in the competitive and repetitious world of vehicle exclusivity for a hand crafted, uniquely American, exotic ultra high performance sports car. Welcome to Falcon F7. Falcon Motor Sports is located in Holly Michigan, which is the birthplace for concept and development of the original Falcon F7 show vehicle, and test vehicle #1. Everything necessary from designs, exterior body tooling molds, as well as interior fixtures are completed and owned by Falcon Motor Sports. The manufacturing experience to fabricate and build the Falcon F7 was derived from first-hand experience plus many years in the component manufacturing business as well as the development and fabrication of the primary prototype. The aluminum monocoque chassis provided by Superlite cars in Clinton Township, is proven in racecar design with over three years of development and safety testing in the racing industry. The chassis is a proven winner, consistently coming in first place, in unlimited class racing events. Falcon Motor Sports primary goal is to manufacture excellent, high- quality, hand crafted, high-performance, street machines for high-end automotive enthusiasts with a passionate, renegade spirit, for years to come.


Student Chapter Presentations on SAE Projects

Saginaw Valley Engineering Council, 2013 National Engineers Week Annual Banquet
Speakers: Student Project Members
Program Chair: Mark Pope
Bavarian Inn Conference Center – Frankenmuth

The Student Chapters of Mid-Michigan Section, SAE International, will report on their efforts to compete in the SAE Collegiate Design Competitions.
The Collegiate Design Series events include the Clean Snowmobile Challenge, Formula SAE, Supermileage, and Mini Baja. By competing in these events, students learn more than just engineering.

Special Guest: Dr. Donald Hillebrand
President of SAE & Director of Argonne Energy Systems Division

Students from CMU, Kettering, SVSU, and Baker College’s FIRST Robotics team

The students that participate in these events are clearly “the best and the brightest”. Come early for new member and student social networking with SVEC engineering professionals, and then enjoy the student presentations.


Pro-Touring Muscle Cars

Speaker: Mark Stielow, book author
Program Chair: Mark Pope
Holiday Inn
5353 Gateway Centre, Flint 

Mark will be discussing Pro Touring. The cars being used and his book “Pro Touring” describing the building of the “mule”, a rebuilt 1969 Camaro.

The Pro-Touring book is 212 page, 1,184 photo publication detailing how he builds his wild Pro Touring muscle cars.

Stielow shows you everything: from how he plans for a project, builds his one-off components/systems, to what he does to get everything to come together in a great looking, super-quick package.

The car buildup shown throughout the book is the Stielow-built “mule” 1969 Camaro which is appropriate because from the minute it was completed, the Mule has been a Pro Touring genre-defining car. There is also on chapter giving a high level overview of his latest car “Red Devil.”


Steam Coffin

Captain Moses Rogers and The Steamship Savannah Break the Barrier
Speaker: John Laurence Busch, author
Program Chair: Mark Pope
OCTOBER 8, 2012
Campus Center, 4th Floor, Gold Room
Kettering University

Historian and author John Laurence Busch will attempt to re-calibrate your mind before showing why the proposition of making the first crossing of the Atlantic Ocean on a “steamship” was met with a mixture of skepticism and fear.

The Savannah is more than a “steamship.”
She is the first example of globalized high technology in history.

John Laurence Busch is an independent historian who has devoted years of research to discovering the true story of Captain Moses Rogers and the steamship Savannah.

This led him to scour archives and libraries from Portland, Maine to Savannah, Georgia, and across the Atlantic Ocean to the far reaches of Europe, in search of new information on the life and career of Moses Rogers, one of the first steamboat captains in history, as well as the actors and events that resulted in the formation of the Savannah Steam Ship Company, and the construction of the steamship Savannah.


2012-13 Back to the Bricks – MidMichigan SAE Presents the Harlow H Curtice Award

AUGUST 20, 2011
Back To The Bricks
Downtown Flint, Michigan

Press Release

The Mid-Michigan Section of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) is proud to announce the Harlow H. Curtice Memorial Trophy to be awarded at the 7th Annual “Back to the Bricks” celebration in Flint, Michigan on August 20, 2011. The award will be presented to either the Buick or Chevrolet that Harlow Curtice would most like to drive.

Harlow H. Curtice, a long time Flint resident and civic supporter, retired as General Motors 11th President on August 31, 1958.

Harlow Curtice began his General Motors Career at the AC Spark Plug Division in early 1915. He was named General Manager of AC in 1929. He became General Manager of Buick in 1934 and was named Executive Vice President of General Motors in September, 1949. It was in this position that he approved the 1953 Buick V-8 engine and the 1953 Corvette for production in Flint.

Curtice was elected President of GM on February 3rd 1953. During his tenure as President, Curtice championed V-8 engines, including the Buick “Nail-head” and the Chevrolet small block, automatic transmissions, power steering and brakes, GM’s Fuel Injection and air- conditioning.

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