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McPherson College Automotive Restoration Students Host 9th Annual Car Show

posted Apr 30, 2008 in CAMPUS EVENTS

On a typical day at McPherson College, one finds the automotive restoration students hard at work reviving antique cars. This Saturday, however, those same students will see their hard work rewarded as well as share the joy of highlighting antique automobiles at the 9th annual C.A.R.S. Club Car Show taking place this Saturday, May 3, at McPherson College. The event kicks off Friday evening with a Cruise-In in downtown McPherson.

McPherson College is the only college in the United States to offer a four-year degree in automotive restoration. The program has gained national recognition. Some major supporters are Hagerty Classic Insurance, Mercedes-Benz Classic Center, and The Collector’s Foundation and Jay Leno.

Each year, the members of the C.A.R.S. (College Automotive Restoration Students) Club spend months coordinating the annual Car Show. They strive for more and higher-quality entries, better preparation and higher overall improvement.

This year’s show features four cars with outstanding and interesting histories: a 1932 Ford Competition Roadster owned by Roger Morrison of Salina, a 1925 Bentley owned by Richard Morrison of Salina, a 1931 Lincoln owned by Charlie Walker of Salina, and a 1935 Auburn Model 851 restored and owned by current McPherson College assistant professor of technology, Richard Dove.

This year’s car show chairman, Adam Hammer, and other show committee members hope to make the show more spectator-friendly.

“We have broadened the interest of displays to include a small antique tractor and vintage motorcycle group,” Hammer said. “A display board will show how these groups are directly connected to the automotive industry. Window displays for each pre-registered vehicle and feature cars have also been created so spectators have a better idea of what they are looking at.”

Other events at the show will include tours of the restoration facility from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., a Ford Model T build at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., raffle prizes at 2:30 p.m., judging awards at 3:00 p.m., and a live band and live broadcast by KZBZ “The Buzz” 104.9 of Salina.

The Cruise-In will be Friday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Main St. from Kansas Ave. to Euclid St. in downtown McPherson.

Show registration will be open from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday with judging beginning at 11 a.m. Registration is $15 per car. Public admission is free.

For more information about the show, e-mail Adam Hammer, Car Show Chairman at or call Tabetha Salsbury, CARS Club secretary at 719-251-0065 or McPherson College at 1-800-365-7402.

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