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C.A.R.S. Club Show 2012 Includes National TV Host, Youth Judging, Classic Cars

posted Apr 17, 2012 in CAMPUS EVENTS

The 13th annual C.A.R.S. Club show at McPherson College will including a national television host speaking and taping a show, an opportunity for youth to have a turn at judging cars and a special focus on Full CCCA Classics.

The weekend’s events will kick off on Friday, May 4 at 5:30 p.m. with the cruise-in down Main Street in McPherson. That will be followed on-campus by an open house reception in the automotive restoration facility and a special dinner and presentation by national television host Wayne Carini at “An Evening With Automotive Restoration” dinner.

Carini is host of “Chasing Classic Cars” on the new Velocity Channel by Discovery. On the show, Carini seeks out rare and exotic vehicles to buy, sell and restore and tours exclusive and private collections of automobiles. He has worked on rare vehicles owned by celebrities such as David Letterman, tennis star Ivan Lendl and the DuPont family; he’s been featured in the “New York Times” and a number of automotive magazines; and he owns and operates several businesses in Portland, Conn. F40 Motorsports buys and sells rare classic cars and Carini Carozzeria is a restoration shop, where Carini devotes most of his work.

While on campus, Carini will share stories about growing up in with people passionate about restoration and his commitment to develop the next generation of classic car enthusiasts. He’ll also be taping students in the restoration program and the C.A.R.S. Club Show on May 5 to appear in an upcoming episode of “Chasing Classic Cars.”

The show will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 5, and will include tours of the restoration building, a team of students assembling a fully functional Model T from a pile of parts in less than 15 minutes – twice – and a faculty demonstration by Ed Barr, assistant professor of technology, showing how students in the program work with sheet metal.

Shane Dresser, junior, McPherson, Kan., and president of the C.A.R.S. Club, said he was looking forward to all the show had available.

“I’m really excited for this year’s show,” he said. “The members of C.A.R.S. Club have really been gearing up their efforts to ensure it will be a success and I believe it will be evident on the day of the event.”

One of the most exciting offerings of the program is the youth judging program – Hagerty’s Operation Ignite – is returning for 2012. The program gives young people the opportunity to get up close with great classic cars and ask questions directly of their owners as they make their own judgments about cars in the show. The event is free for youth to participate in, but reservations are recommended to make sure there are enough materials for everyone.

This year is also being named “The Year of the CCCA Classic” in honor of the Classic Car Club of America. To mark this, the show is introducing a category this year for for Full CCCA Classics – defined as cars 1925-1948 recognized by the CCCA for their exceptional styling, engineering, performance, high price and limited production.

Richard Dove, assistant professor of technology, plans to bring his Full CCCA Classic, an award-winning 1936 Auburn convertible sedan.

“I’m thrilled that students have chosen to feature Full CCA Classics,” Dove said. “They are a great example of our mission to teach authentic restorations of historical automobiles.”

“An Evening With Automotive Restoration”

  • Featuring Wayne Carini, host of “Chasing Classic Cars”

  • 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. May 4, following Cruise-in at 5:30 p.m. and tours from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

  • Main Street McPherson (Cruise-In), Templeton Hall (Tours), Mingenback Theatre (Dinner)

C.A.R.S. Club Car Show
  • 9 a.m.-4 p.m., May 5

  • McPherson College Campus

  • $10 for pre-registered vehicles; $15 to register day of show. Free to the public to attend.

  • Reservations for Hagerty’s Operation Ignite youth judging: Tabetha Salsbury, 231-313-7475,

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