Without traditions, college football would merely be beefed-up behemoths blasting each other into a state of blotto.
Well, a big Georgia Tech tradition needs a few dollars to make it to the Orange Bowl. Brother and sister, can you spare a dime?
Georgia Tech's Ramblin W'Reck, part of the school's lore since 1916, will lead the Yellow Jackets' football team onto the Land Shark Stadium field for the Orange Bowl on Jan. 5, but only if funding is secured to transport the 1930 Ford Model A to Miami for the event.
From the Ramblin' Reck Club (yes, different spelling):
Transporting the Ramblin' Reck is costly. Currently, the Driver must find a rental truck big enough to tow the Reck in its trailer. The Class of 1984 generously donated the funds to purchase a truck that can tow the trailered Reck properly, but it is not scheduled to arrive on campus until later this spring. The cost to rent a truck for the Orange Bowl is $1,000 plus gas, an amount that will take a significant chunk out of the Reck's finances. We are asking you to help get the Ramblin' Reck, our mascot, to Miami and to the Orange Bowl. It has been years since the car has made trips of great distance to fulfill its duty of leading the team onto the field, and the account has not been properly prepared for such a venture.
This site will tell you how to donate to make sure the Wreck gets to Miami.
You know you want it there if you're a Hawkeye fan. You do not want to play Georgia Tech if it's anything less than at full-strength.
So pay heed to this from the Ramblin' Reck Club:
the Ramblin' Reck makes its money solely from appearances. It receives no money from the Athletic or Alumni Associations and is maintained on behalf of the student body solely by the Ramblin' Reck Club who is also responsible for making sure the Reck gets to where it needs to be. The Reck needed to be in Tampa for our first outright ACC Championship since 1990, and the Reck must be in Miami for our first Orange Bowl appearance since 1967 and our first BCS bowl game ever. We need your financial support to help get it there.It's not too late to return those overpriced, unnecessary Christmas presents and send the money to Atlanta instead. Georgia Tech without the Ramblin' Wreck is, well, just Georgia Tech.