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Allow Us To Introduce You To "The Baja Brothers"

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PITTSBURG, KANSAS -

     It is Baja time in Pittsburg.
     The Kansas Baja SAE Competition is back in town.
     And that means more than 2,000 competitors...worldwide...are here to show-off their stuff.
     It includes 2 brothers on the Pitt State team.
     Ones who have this thing in their blood.
This beautiful machine you see here...
Austin Mylott: "We put over 100 hours on just running and testing for the endurance race making sure that we're going to be on top."
Was just a dream on a draft board not long ago.
A dream, inspired by another dream.
Camden Mylott: "With 17 years worth of advancement, I go back and I look at pictures of what his car use to look like compared to what we have now."
Austin and Camden Mylott are brothers, but more than that, they're second generation Baja competitors.
It was their dad - Matthew Mylott, and his buddy Trent Lindbloom, who put together the first PSU Baja team in the 1991-1992 school year.
And all these years later - 
Camden: "Throughout the whole process  we've always been keeping dad up to date, and obviously he has his input and that definitely shows for what we have for this car today."
That's why creating their own team was so important to them now.
Austin: "It was kinda personal decision, it wasn't that he ended up telling us you know, that 'dad wanted us to do it', but we definitely felt like this was something we could be a part of and definitely make an impact on."
The brothers Mylott say their dad is proud of them and their work - and that work took up every ounce of free time they had.
Austin: "We've ended up working and putting more than 2,000 man hours into this machine, and, with countless hours of testing and changes in the design to make sure it's absolutely perfect for competition."
The brothers worked with a team of fifteen students to help design and build the perfect car - and this weekend, they'll see their sweat and tears in action at the Baja Competition - as they pit their skills, combined with their dad's experience, up against 100 other competitors.
     The event is open to the public on Saturday and Sunday.

 

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