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McPherson College participates in Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction

posted Mar 20, 2007 in ACADEMICS

Under the bright lights of the Barrett-Jackson auction block in Scottsdale, Ariz., McPherson College students watched as a 1968 Chevrolet Camaro that they helped to restore crossed the block and waited for the auctioneer’s hammer to fall. At $37,000, the car went to a new owner.

Other faculty, students and staff watched on television as the SPEED channel covered the event live on January 16, 2007. The event marked the seventh year that the college’s automotive restoration program has participated in the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction. Jonathan Klinger, director of automotive restoration development, took four students and the car to Arizona for the event.

“I am very pleased with how the car sold this year. I am even more pleased with the positive publicity McPherson College received on SPEED when our car crossed the block,” said Klinger.

“It was an honor and a pleasure to be selected to go to the Barrett-Jackson auction on behalf of the McPherson College restoration program,” said Myles Regier, sr., Henderson, Neb.

“Not only did I see many one-of-a-kind cars, but I got to meet the owners of the cars as well as the restorers. Watching a car that took thousands of hours to restore sell in a matter of minutes is very exciting,” said Clint Allen, sr., Grapevine, Texas.

Mariah Coberly, so., Clay Center, Kan., had a very special experience. Coberly is one of the first recipients of a Barrett-Jackson scholarship, endowed by the Barrett-Jackson auction company in 2005. She found out she had received the scholarship shortly after she arrived in Scottsdale. Coberly then attended a gala dinner on the Sunday night before the auction began where she was honored by Jackson. “It was an incredible experience. I am very happy to receive this scholarship,” she said.

During the auction, McPherson College’s National Advisory Board for the automotive restoration program met. The board, comprised of leaders in the collector car industry, serves to advise the president of the college on the restoration industry and to help boost the program’s enrollment.

“We had a very positive meeting. The board is very enthusiastic about the program and continues to help us move forward,” said Chris Paulsen, project manager for automotive restoration.

Matt Treis, St. Louis, Mo., summed it up: “Barrett-Jackson was a wonderful experience that showed me the car collector hobby at its best.”

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