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McPherson College Automotive Restoration Students Create Pedal Car for Charity

posted Mar 05, 2013 in ACADEMICS

Proceeds raised from the auction of a custom pedal car made by McPherson College automotive restoration students will help bring children from underserved schools in Los Angeles to the Petersen Automotive Museum for field trips.

The exquisitely detailed pedal car is one of three the museum is auctioning at the RM Auction in Amelia Island, Fla., on March 9.

As a part of the Petersen Automotive Museum’s Deuce Week celebration of the 80th anniversary of the ’32 Ford, nine of the hottest hot rod builders in the country were invited to create pedal car versions of their personal style of hot rod. Each builder started with a pedal car 1932 Ford Roadster and then used their vision, craftsmanship and passion to create the one-off customized collectibles. Six of the nine pedal cars have already sold and raised more than $25,000. All proceeds raised will help fund the Robert E. Petersen Free School Bus program.

The car built by McPherson College Automotive Restoration students was inspired by the 1932 Paul Harris roadster, which was donated to the college. MC is the only college that offers a four-year liberal arts degree in automotive restoration. The car exemplifies the range of skills developed by students actively pursuing a bachelor's degree in automotive restoration technology, including project management, metal work, paint, woodworking, and machining.

To register to bid, go to For more information about the available pedal cars and the Petersen Automotive Museum, go to

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