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Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) has partnered up with BASF and KTL Restorations of Danville, VA along with support from Carbuff Network on Operative Talent. The project is focused on attracting future talent to the industry by educating the population as a whole on the ample opportunities, success stories and segments within the collision repair industry. To help achieve this goal, the team will be hosting a fundraising initiative by hosting a sweepstake to raffle off the 1969 Camaro, “Talent.” Proceeds will fund a Careers in Collision website along with a Public Service Announcement promoting the opportunities in the industry.

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This is your chance to be part of a project unlike anything the automotive industry has seen before! Operative Talent is giving students like you the opportunity to put their mark on vehicles making their way to the infamous SEMA Show, held annually in Las Vegas. If selected, you’ll work alongside restoration and repair professionals to bring a classic car back to life from the ground up, including the parts, paint, and upholstery.

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Is a career in the automotive repair, collision, or restoration industry right for your student? Operative Talent connects students with opportunities to work firsthand in various automotive areas. Not everything can be learned in a classroom, and Operative Talent aims to provide hands-on, memorable, and meaningful experiences for students to positively shape their career outlook. Our goal is connect mechanical-minded students with industry professionals and introduce them to the automotive industry, including mechanical repairs, custom classic car restoration, and auto body work. Students will gain training, knowledge, and connections in a fast-growing and exciting automotive industry and their work will be showcased at the world’s most prestigious car shows.

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Talent is the pioneer project car for Operative Talent. The 1969 was the highest volume first generation Camaro from Chevrolet and remains one of America’s most favored muscle cars.

1969 Camaro

2023 SEMA Reveal

Our first build!

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