Two Oregon teens win 50-state auto skills contest

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) Two teens from a high school in Oregon beat teams from 49 other states Tuesday to win a national automotive skills competition at Ford Motor Co.'s world headquarters in Michigan.

Cody Collins, 18, and Logan Boyle, 17, won the title of best student auto technicians at the competition in Dearborn.

They represent Vale High School in Vale, Ore.

"It's been pretty neat. It's all been a mind-blowing experience," Boyle told The Associated Press. Boyle, who just graduated from Vale High, is busy this summer, dividing his time among an internship at a General Motors Co. dealership, working at an auto shop and fishing.

The victory is a "dream come true," Collins said.

Boyle and Collins got a perfect score on their effort to troubleshoot a deliberately defective 2013-model Ford Explorer XLT, said AAA Michigan spokeswoman Nancy Cain.

"They had a perfect car," Cain said.

The annual Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills Competition has 100 students in pairs racing the clock to troubleshoot problems that are deliberately set for them. This year's competitors worked on 2013-model Ford Explorer XLTs.

Ford said the idea is to encourage students to continue their educations and pursue careers in the auto service industry.