Ramblin' Wreck Gets In a Wreck
In the world of quirky and colorful college mascots and traditions, there are few that are as slightly odd and yet more in tune with their institutions than Georgia Tech's "Ramblin' Wreck" - the lovingly restored 1930 Ford Model A Sport Coupe that has been leading the GT football team onto the field since 1961 and has it's roots all the way back to a WWI era professor's Model T and the later dangerous student races involving various motorized contraptions from Atlanta to Athens in the early 1930's.
Today though, in what has to be seen as a slightly ironic twist, word has gone out that the Wreck was involved in a wreck while being towed to a wedding and the completely student run Reck Club is looking for funding and parts to help repair the historic vehicle. In one of the long line of traditions surrounding the Wreck, neither the Georgia Institute of Technology nor the Georgia Tech Athletic Association provide any funding for the upkeep and maintenance of the Wreck, it is a completely student run and funded project with most of the proceeds coming from outside events and appearances (such as the wedding the car was headed to when this wreck occurred).
Considering that the car is the single most recognizable image of Georgia Tech and is beloved by the student body and alumni, there is little doubt that any needed funds for repair will be easy to come by - and the required parts might just have to be made by hand by some enterprising engineering majors if they can't be located. By the start of the football season, we should see the pampered old car back in it's rightful place with cheerleaders hanging off the side leading the white and gold into Bobby Dodd Stadium.