They were lined up when the show opened, and roared enthusiastically into CarFixWORLD’s inaugural Career Day last Friday in Toronto. By 10:30, there were crowds of young people from across Ontario checking out the equipment displays, talking to potential employers on Interview Alley and lining up for autographs from TV celebrities. The combination of automotive glamour and employment opportunity drew more than 3,000 students, who came from as far away as Kingston and Windsor. The bling side of the industry was supplied by customized show cars and celebrities like Pimp My Ride’s Alex Pico and ‘Q’, and CASCAR driver DJ Kennington. The hundred industry companies on hand answered questions and demonstrated products to fill in the more serious aspect of the industry. St. Edmund Campion Secondary School (Mississauga, ON) was represented by 178 students, and will receive the Lexus vehicle offered by Toyota Canada to the school which brought the most students to the show. Two students from Central Tech won the Pit Stop Challenge, in which two-person teams had to remove and install two tires. The winning time was 1: 52 min. Three stages provided a stream of presentations to help students and apprentices understand the opportunities in the automotive repair and collision fields. “Too often, young Canadians who could find career satisfaction miss an opportunity to learn about the job they might love. We are connecting them with exhibitors to help build a strong and dedicated labor force for the automotive aftermarket and collision industries,” explained Carol Bell, manager of the CarFixWORLD event. Students packed the aisles at CarFixWORLD’s Career Day on Sept. 29.