New on-campus club welcomes car enthusiasts – The Rider News

By Asia McGill

Beginning with a conversation about cars during a marketing class, lecturer Beverly Braddock pitched the idea to her students of forming an automobile club. The students were interested, and after going through the Student Government Association (SGA) approval processes and drafting their bylaws, the Rider Street Club was born, holding its first meeting on September 30. Club, they took a long time…and now they have their first club meeting,” Braddock said.

Rider Street Club is the premier automotive meetup club on campus and is a way for car-loving students to get together and show off their unique vehicles.

The club’s first meeting began when members pulled up to the parking lot behind Ben Cohen Field, with the echo of spinning engines behind them. Each vehicle is parked in a uniform line, creating an aesthetic view of all the different foreign cars.

“I love seeing all my fellow motorists get together and have a good time. Cars are a way of life…they give us a lot of fun and relieve a lot of stress. I think sharing that with people, sharing your car, your automotive experiences, it really means a lot to people,” said finance freshman Jake Mitchell.

Branden Dhurpat, a junior in supply chain management, is the club president and has many plans for the future of the organization.

“Some of my plans are to see the car club grow and have cruises and events. I want to have competitions with other schools, I think that would be really cool…like Rutgers vs. Rider,” said Dhurpat.

As in-car meetings naturally take place outdoors, Dhurpat has set up class meetings indoors when the weather turns bad in the upcoming winter season. He plans to move into the educational aspect of cars, using mechanics and draftsmen to teach members basic car care.

Many club members have expressed the time and effort they put into accessorizing their cars, adjusting different parts to their liking. Taylor Tomko, a junior accounting major, owns a car wrapping business named Element, and learned to wrap with just a few friends and YouTube videos.

One of the event cars featured color changing lights. Photo courtesy of Asia McGill.

Car wrapping is the method of wrapping the exterior body of a car with a vinyl sticker. Envelopes may vary in color, texture and style of finish. “I kind of learned as I went, as I progressed, I got better…it was definitely a monotonous task,” Tomko said.

All members bring their automotive expertise to the club, including junior cybersecurity major Matthew Kovacs, who learned how to fit colored LED lights to headlights. Kovacs owns a 2011 Chevrolet Camaro, his dream car which he nicknamed “The Ripper”.

“I always grew up with cars around me, and ever since I was younger I wanted a car that I could make myself,” Kovacs said.

At the end of the meeting, the members gathered for a group photo and shared their ideas for their next meeting. Information about upcoming club events can be found on the Bronc Nation website under “Rider Street Club”.

Adrienne Unfreed is a member of the Rider Street Club and head of design for The Rider News. Unfreed had no role in writing or editing this story.

Earnest L. Veasey