Above: Corey Spetifore

Encouraging the next generation of car crazies

The North Island Cruisers awarded two $1,000 scholarships to two deserving automotive enthusiasts

The North Island Cruisers awarded two $1,000 scholarships to two deserving automotive enthusiasts in the North Island who are passionate about the car hobby.

NIC are committed to encouraging the next generation of car crazy guys and gals. These individuals put a lot of work into their applications and will be ambassadors for the car hobby as well as successful in whatever path they choose in life.

The first recipient is Travis Bossom of Cumberland. Bossom has been accepted into the “Ace It Program” at North Island College, where he will be taking Heavy Duty Mechanics. Bossom described his love for all things mechanical. He currently works on his daily driver pickup truck and sees a collector car in his future.

Bossom works part time at Powerhouse Auto Recyclers, where he’s gaining valuable experience. He is also involved with the Cumberland Volunteer Fire Rescue as a Junior Firefighter and is a volunteer with the Comox Valley Fish and Game at their annual open house.

The second recipient is Corey Spetifore of Campbell River. Spetifore is in his second year at the University of Victoria.

Spetifore’s application talked of many projects with his father as well as his current 1969 Mustang Coupe ‘resto-mod’ project. He is an accomplished musician, having studied classical guitar since the age of 7 and is currently enrolled at the University of Victoria studying Guitar Performance for his undergraduate degree and plans to attend Law School with an ultimate goal to work in either human rights law for a body such as the UN, or corporate/copyright law for musicians, bands, and labels, which would essentially blend one of his passions with his career.

Spetifore says he has every intention of always having a classic car in his garage.

The North Island Cruisers know that automotive enthusiasts come from all walks of life. Funds for these scholarships are raised through their annual car Show & Shine – “Always Labour Day Sunday” – held in downtown Campbell River. Advance Marine Power also helps make this possible.

Don’t miss this years events – Wings & Wheels, July 11 at the Campbell River Airport and the 23rd Annual Show & Shine, Sept. 6 downtown.

Travis Bossom accepts his award.