Andrew Stephen "Thundercat" Denbow
We lost our dear son, Andrew Stephen Denbow on February 3, 2018. At the time of his passing, Andrew was three weeks away from graduation with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, from the University of North Carolina William State Lee School of Engineering in Charlotte, NC.
Born October 23, 1994, Andrew's interest in how things work emerged in early childhood. He was a maker, builder and tinker from the start. His innate fascination with gears and structures moved from imaginative play to a fascination of how moving parts functioned and how they might be combined to create the perfect machine.
Andrew's early childhood fascinations tinkering, and discovery of the mechanical world developed as he grew from childhood, to adolescence, and throughout his young adulthood. At three years old, he was a pint-sized yet passionate fan of Bobbie Labonte, NASCAR. As a Cub Scout the Pinewood Derby was a very serious endeavor, by age 10 he was contacting Arena racing teams, and as a teen he parlayed his, childhood fascination with how mechanical things work, into an internship with Mitchum Motorsports of Virginia Beach.
Andrew's intellectual curiosity, passion for all things mechanical, and enthusiasm for motorsports reinforced his interest in automotive engineering and mechanics. The North Carolina University at Charlotte program of Mechanical Engineering was a perfect fit.
While attending University of North Carolina at Charlotte, UNCC, Andrew was able to utilize his natural gifts and talents both academically and in a tangential way as a team member of the UNCC Baja Racing Team. It was at UNCC that Andrew was nicknamed "Thundercat" by his teammates and peers. With his fellow team members, he built a Baja race car from the ground up and raced competitively in the Baja intercollegiate competitions sponsored by Society of Automotive Engineers, SAE.
UNC Charlotte has established a web page for direct donations to the Andrew Thundercat Denbow Motorsports Fund. When you click on the link below, you will be taken to the specific page for these donations. Make sure you are in the Andrew Thundercat Denbow Motorsports Fund. Then simply fill in the amount you wish to donate and your information. Andrew's class year is 2018. Then chose In Honor/Memory (+) and complete the requested information. Finally save and continue. UNCC will mail you a thank you and confirmation of your tax-deductible gift.
Every contributed donation to the UNCC Andrew Stephen "Thundercat" Denbow Memorial ensures future young tinkerers, builders and emerging young talent will have the financial assistance needed to pursue their natural gifts and talents.