Mission: MAAP is a non-profit that exists to share the love of the automobile with the next generation, to provide educational and bridging opportunities for automotive restoration/preservation, and motorsport experiences.
Over the past two years, MAAP has embarked on a journey that has surely caught the attention of many students and community members. Our mission is to create Partner Opportunities between Auto Manufacturer(s), Higher Education Institutions, Vintage Auto Clubs and Enthusiasts and other Non-Profit Organizations to promote learning among students with aptitude in Engineering, Non-Profit Management, Economic Development, Grant Writing, Automotive History, Communications, Social Marketing, Event and Project Management.
Our facility is not far from campus. It is a safe space where students can enjoy a cup of espresso from our authentic Italian espresso machine, relax, do homework and work on their cars. Since MAAP’s doors opened in May of 2017 we have served 50+ students by providing internships, institutes and more! This past October we held our third annual Fall Fling event, which brought in more than 88 automotive enthusiasts from all over Virginia and the country, as well as over 20+ students from JMU and EMU.
This past July our 356 project won Best in Show at the Porsche Parade in Boca Raton. Students had the once in a lifetime opportunity to say they got to work on this historic vehicle. This, and many other trips, will stay with these students forever. We hope to create successful, driven and skilled young entrepreneurs from this program who will go on to shape the future of the automobile industry.
Our program has helped students in many different majors including engineering, graphic design, psychology, history and sciences. With enough funding we are able to further our mission and eventually create a program which allows students to receive credit hours for the internships. This winter (January 2020) we are offering an institute for credit hours that will explain vehicle chassis dynamics and the fundamentals of toe, camber and more! They will gain hands-on experience and be able to work with a real racecar. Utilizing student skill sets in real world applications furthers the organizational mission through financial stability. One objective is to develop relationships with other automotive historic organizations, museums and organizations of higher learning. We have been able to send students on educational trips like Amelia Island Concours, Road Atlanta, Leguna Seca, and Allentown PA for The Historic Vehicle Association and Virginia International Raceway where interns assisted data aquisition engineers.