HHS state champs separated by 43 years

Former Hastings High automotive teacher Dave Cure (left),
and his former students Ken Stein (center) and Gene Davis
hold trophies they won in the Plymouth Trouble Shooting
Contest in 1970.

Forty-three years ago, two Hastings High seniors and a young automotive teacher boarded a plane and flew to Indianapolis to compete in the Plymouth National Trouble Shooting Contest.

In less than a month, the school’s two newest state winners of the automotive competition will compete in the national competition at Ford’s international headquarters in Dearborn, Mich.

This year’s winners used a tool box of tools along with a computer to debug the problems with their 2013 Ford Focus at the state competition.

The computer and make, model and year of the car are all much different than what Ken Stein and Gene Davis faced at their own similar competition in the spring of 1970.

The state competition in Hastings was kind of a blur for the two men who dug deep into their brains to remember the events of 43 years ago.

“We had it out at the community college right on the street out there and they brought in all the same cars,” said Dave Cure, the high school’s automotive instructor at the time.
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