Some call it the Wreck. Others say it’s the Reck. Regardless, Georgia Tech’s official mechanical mascot — a Ford Model A Sport Coupe — will be 94 years old in 2024.

ISyE student Omar Khan has been responsible for maintaining the Wreck this year as the elected driver.

The Ford Model A represents Tech’s reputation of superb engineering because the car was an engineering marvel itself. The vehicle that drives around campus and leads the football team onto the field before every home game initially rolled off Ford’s manufacturing line in 1930. It was one of a staggering 4.9 million Model A’s produced from 1927 to 1932 — one every two minutes. Unprecedented for its time, that volume was possible because the car was designed from the beginning with manufacturability in mind.

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