Traditions: Georgia Tech’s Ramblin’ Wreck A Ride Through History

What separates college football from any other sport is the sheer scope of traditions.

More than 120 schools play in the Football Bowl Subdivision, and each school probably believes its tradition is the best.

In their unique way, they can all make a compelling case to prove it.

Take Georgia Tech’s Ramblin’ Wreck, the focus of’s next installment of a series on some of the most interesting traditions in college football. Each Friday here at the Eye on College Football blog, we take a closer look at the enduring rituals that are part of the fabric of the college game.

In a recent trip to Atlanta, I admittedly didn’t think Georgia Tech’s 1930 Model A Ford Sport Coupe could compete with Florida’s Gator Chomp or Auburn’s War Eagle or even its in-state rival, the Georgia Bulldog. Maybe Tech coming off a 7-7 season affected the Wreck’s immediate place in college football folklore.

But then I remembered: This is a 1930 Model A Ford Sport Coupe. For 83 years, Georgia Tech has nurtured the engine, kept the gold-and-white paint job immaculate, every detail polished and refined.

The Ramblin’ Reck Club (yes, that’s the correct spelling), composed of Georgia Tech students, drives the Wreck through campus every Friday before games, then onto the…

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