Our mission is to provide each FabForce Trade School student the knowledge and skills to become a motorsports fabrication master craftsman - and develop them as leaders with a strong work ethic so they may excel in all levels of professional stock car racing.
FabForce Trade School is the creation of long-time motorsports master fabricator Bobby Newling.
The son of a Florida race car builder, Newling was fascinated with the process of working with metal and spent much of his youth learning everything he could about
the craft that would change his life forever.
By the time Newling was 13, he was already helping his father paint cars, build Figure-8 race cars, rail Dune Buggies and Motorcycles. Later, Newling would join the racing ranks as an Outlaw Late Model driver where he met Florida racing legends Bruce Harp and Dave Pletcher. The pair instructed Newling on the finer points of building and set up of Late Models, skills that he quickly mastered.
That led to Newling’s quick rise up the racing ladder and a career in NASCAR in 1990 when he moved to North Carolina to work for famed NASCAR chassis builder, Laughlin Racing. Newling also put his short-track car building skills to good use working with Rich Bickle Jr. (RBR Chassis), Robert Hamke, (Hamke Race cars) upon his arrival in North Carolina.
Meanwhile, Newling continued his NASCAR career advancement with a position at Hendrick Motorsports where NASCAR driver Ricky Rudd and crew chief Gary DeHart Hired bobby and encouraged him to " think out of the box " and build lighter, more superior race cars.
Ultimately, that led Newling to launch his own body hanging business - NEWFAB Race Cars - in Mooresville, NC in 1994.
Since then, Newling and NEWFAB have provided fabrication services to some of the biggest organizations in motorsports including TRD (Toyota Racing Development), Robert Yates Racing (Roush/Yates), Rusty Wallace Racing, Ricky Rudd Racing, and Cale Yarborough Motorsports just to name a few.
While NEWFAB has contributed to numerous victories and championships in NASCAR, ARCA, Super Late Model, Outlaw Super Late Model, Sportsman and Modified Stock Car racing, the company’s crowning achievement continues to be fabricating the ultimate aerodynamic sensitive bodies for the first four cars in qualifying for the 1997 Sears DieHard 500 NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega (AL) Superspeedway.
In an effort to give back to the sport he had dedicated his life to, Newling has now created FabForce Trade School where he hopes to provide current teams quality team members by passing on the knowledge and skills, and lifelong love of racing to a new generation of apprentice race car fabricators.
More information about FabForce Trade School courses, registration, fees, facilities and other relevant topics related to a career as a professional motorsports fabricator can be accessed on the remaining pages of this website.
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For over 30 years, Bobby Newling has worked in the NASCAR fabrication industry developing his talent, techniques and tricks of the trade. Working with teams at NASCAR’s highest levels, the St petersburg Fl, native has earned a reputation as one of the top fabricators in Race City USA.
Now, the veteran fabricator is ready to share his knowledge and help students gain important skills and work ethic that will lead them to a career in motorsports.
This November, Newling will be launching “FabForce Trade school,” a hands-on training program located in Mooresville, North Carolina that will teach students both basic and advanced fabrication methods. The program will provide apprentice fabricators with the tools, knowledge and real-life experience to land a career on a NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series, NASCAR Truck Series or ARCA team.
Through his close relationship with race teams, Newling has identified the need for quality fabricators in the race shops. By opening his notebook and letting students get their hands dirty, he believes his program will provide a fantastic opportunity for those seeking a career in the industry.
“It really comes out of the frustration of not being able to find good fabricators,” Newling said.
“As the years have gone on, I’ve realized that times are different now. When I was a kid, I was in the Body Shop after School with my Dad building and painting Race Cars with him. I think that there’s a lot less of that now. There’s not a lot of places for students to learn the trade. I feel like I need to start giving back because I’m reaching the top of my career. I want to start stepping back and helping the young generations.”
When Newling says that he will be opening his notebook, he’s not just using a figure of speech. Beginning roughly 15 years ago, he began writing down notes that included techniques he learned and tricks he could teach his future students.
“Every time I learned something hanging a body or building a chassis I wrote it down because I wanted to teach it in a school,” he explained.
“The fabrication industry entails a lot. It’s not just showing students how to build brackets or showing them how to weld. It’s all of these tricks and techniques that have taken me 30 years to learn.”
Fab Force Trade school will be open to students of all experience levels, from those just entering the industry to students who already have basic knowledge in the industry. Regardless of their previous experience, Newling’s goal is to provide each student with the tools to begin a successful career.
“It depends on what they Know . I’m preparing for students to come in and see where they’re at,” he stated. “Some students have a dream but they can’t read a tape measure. It’s not that bad, but some really can’t. I know how important it is to have a program for every student that has a dream, like I did.
There’s going to be fabrication classes starting out at the bottom teaching students how to run and adjust the machines, the ethics of what goes on and how a race shop runs, all the way up to the top with the students who know how to weld and think they have what it takes. "
" I like confidence, I will make them better "
"We also have a program to help students land opportunities with race teams ”
At the end of each training course, Newling will have provided knowledge and hands-on experience that will allow each student to be satisfied with what they’ve learned.
" I want them to be able to know what they’re doing when they go to a team or decide to run their own business. When they graduate, they will be able to go to a team with confidence and say I have this experience.”
" That is what the race teams are telling me they want, They don’t have time to train fabricators "We will do that."
For more information call us at 704-746-0037 or email FabForcetraining@outlook.com