Recipe for success

The NASC is one of the premier student engineering competitions in North America. Teams spend years working on their vehicles, carefully designing, building, and testing every component, and are constantly making improvements in search of optimum efficiency and performance.

So what’s the one big upgrade to the Red River Raycer that most other teams have taken notice of in 2008? It’s this guy!

After hearing about the super-sized dining experiences of the 2005 Raycer squad, RRC organizers recruited Culinary Arts student Thomas Marks to join the team on the road this time around. Tom has been ensuring his teammates are well fueled with a healthy mix of fresh sandwiches and salads, and some standout dinners, like this plate of seasoned center loin pork chops, tomato rizzoto, pan fried carrots and salad:

Not surprisingly, food like this has been drawing envious glances from other teams. And as much as our guys have enjoyed saying, “What, you mean you don’t have a chef?” to their competitors, they decided it would be nice to share Tom’s talents with the rest of the group by hosting a BBQ/potluck for all the NASC teams on Wednesday night.

While the University of Calgary reports that “the Red River chef just about swoons in the heat shimmer around the barbecue,” we’re happy to say that Tom managed to survive. He and the entire Raycer team put together a great dinner and a wonderful display of sportsmanship on behalf of the College.


10 Responses to “Recipe for success”

  1. Jim Mosher Says:


    Please give me a call at 1-204-642-8541. Or evenings at 389-4608.


    Jim Mosher

  2. Stephanie Fraser Says:

    We’re all rooting for you and so proud of you already. You are great ambassadors for us here at RRC. I think you should add “Congeniality” to the awards you’ll rack up. We’re enjoying your updates and eagerly following your progress. We’re very excited. Go, go, go!

  3. Kyla Harrison Says:

    WOW! Good job Tom! Thanks for giving our school such a great rep!
    OH, and Im so jealous that you having such a great opportunity!

  4. Hey all,

    We are now in Plano Texas and resting till we start tomorrow. Tomorrow will be an early day for us as we have to be up at 5:45 am to get ready and be at the start line for 7am. Then we go through pictures and our offical start time will be 9:07 am tomorrow. Wish us all luck and we will be seeing you soon


  5. […] Several other universities are also blogging the race. The odds-on favorite University of Michigan Team has a nice blog going, as does Red River College, the only community college in the running — and apparently the only team with a chef on board. […]

  6. Ann Mohammed Says:

    Congratulations to the Raycer team. Great job Thomas! Go Raycer Go!!!

  7. Thomas,
    Great job, this will be a great experience for you and the racers, I hope you fuel them to success.
    See you in September

  8. I have an idea to help you out with yout next race.
    I dont know the rules. But I think my idea may be legal for this compatition.
    Feel free to get in touch I am a fellow pegger who wants to buils an electric motorcycle , my idea was intended to charge the batteries on the motorcycle project. If interested contact me at

    good luck.

  9. wow me think me need a speel check

  10. gry planszowe Says:

    Ciekawa strona, trafilem tu przypadkowo, ale od dzis bede wpadal czesciej, pozdro

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