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McPherson College sends car to prime time at Barrett-Jackson

posted Dec 07, 2007 in ACADEMICS

The Barrett-Jackson auction is an event that resonates loudly among car enthusiasts. So it is with great anticipation that McPherson College will have a 1956 Ford Thunderbird Convertible spotlighted during primetime coverage at the annual auction in Scottsdale, Ariz. on Friday, January 18.

The 1956 Ford Thunderbird was donated by McPherson College President Ron and Robin Hovis. Its restoration was completed in 2005 and sports a red porthole hardtop and white soft-top. It has the original 225hp 312 V8 engine with a 4 barrel. Restoration of this car was completed in 2005 by Amos Minter, premier restorer of ‘55-’57 Thunderbirds.

“This is an outstanding gift from Ron and Robin,” says Michael Schneider, Vice President of Advancement and Admissions. “It not only gives McPherson College great national attention, but also provides significant financial support to the college.”

“Having our car placed in that time slot greatly increases the visibility of the car and our program to the auction attendees and television viewers, as well as increases the final sale price,” said Dan Hudachek, director of auto restoration development.

“McPherson College has been involved with the Barrett-Jackson auction for nearly a decade and we are extremely appreciative of the support received from Craig Jackson, president of Barrett-Jackson and member of our Auto Restoration National Advisory Board,” states Hudachek.

Viewers can watch the auction by tuning in to SPEED channel on Friday, January 18. To track when the Thunderbird will sell, use lot number 1056.1. The Thunderbird should sell sometime that evening.

Named one of America’s best colleges by the U.S. News and World Report for two consecutive years, McPherson College offers its students amazing opportunities. Over 90 percent of MC seniors completed an internship experience during the 2006-07 academic year, as well as 50 percent of the entire student body. Students at MC have an exceptionally high graduate school acceptance rate. McPherson College offers the nation’s only four-year degree in automotive restoration, and has received national recognition for the program including support from enthusiasts such as “The Tonight Show” host Jay Leno. The city of McPherson has consistently been ranked in the top 40 of the “Best Small Towns in America.” McPherson College prides itself on providing a career-oriented, liberal arts experience to all students. For more information visit

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