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‘Get This Clock For Your Mama’

“Go #31—Get this clock for your Mama,” Dr. Roger Browne said this week, encouraging his son-in-law, NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Jeff Burton, to bring home the grandfather trophy clock designed and built by students in the Product Design & Development Program at the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center in South Boston.

One of the most coveted prizes on the NASCAR circuit, the clock will go to the winner of the Martinsville Speedway Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500 race on March 28.

Built by high school and community college students in the Product Design & Development program, the clock is an original work of art that showcases the students’ abilities in design, engineering, and advanced manufacturing.

Built with 100+ year-old hard pine repurposed from the American Tobacco Warehouse, the clock includes antique glasswork and a scaled replica of the Martinsville Speedway track on the clock’s back panel.

Dr. Browne said he thinks nothing would be better than to have South Boston’s hometown racer bring this coveted prize back home.

Product Design & Development is one of the SVHEC’s two signature Business of Art & Design programs offered in partnership with Danville Community College.

For more information about the SVHEC, visit or contact Communications Manager Hope Harris-Gayles at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 572-5446.