Smith College Women in Motorsports

A group of Smith College engineering students is looking for support to allow us to compete in the Grassroots Motorsports $2017 Challenge.  The challenge involves turning a cheap production vehicle into a low-budget race car to compete against other teams in autocross and drag racing events in Gainesville, Florida, in October 2017.  The entire budget for the car must be under $2017, but we also need your help to pay for tools, safety components, shipping the car, and travel expenses! This is an independent student activity and a non-class project so we need industry support.   

If you have questions or comments, feel free to send us an email at [email redacted].  
Donations of the following amounts will receive:

$25:  Newsletters with progress updates and pictures

$50:  Handwritten notes from team members

$100:  A Smith College Racing keychain

$250:  A Smith College Racing T-shirt

$300:  A year long subscription to Grassroots Motorsports Magazine

$400: A resume book of Smith College engineering students

$500:  Your company logo on our banner and crew shirts

$1000:  Your name on our car
Check out the Grassroots Motorsports Challenge website for more information on the competition:

About Engineering at Smith:

The Smith College Picker Engineering Program is unique in that it supports the College’s mission to create globally minded, well-rounded, and powerful women while preparing students through rigorous and competitive academic work.  Students are inspired to use creative and interdisciplinary problem solving to make their voices heard in primarily male dominated fields, such as automotive engineering.  

Learn more about the Picker Engineering Program here:

Photos of Smith College machine shop and automotive projects we have completed:

  • Scott Shelton 
    • $50 
    • 54 mos
  • Robert Stumberger 
    • $250 
    • 54 mos
  • Taryne Kraus 
    • $100 
    • 55 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $20 
    • 55 mos
  • Marian Mapes 
    • $100 
    • 55 mos
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Gracie Hackenberg 
Northampton, MA