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C.A.R.S. Club Show at McPherson College Features Classic Cars, Events for the Whole Family

posted Apr 19, 2013 in CAMPUS EVENTS

The 14th annual C.A.R.S. Club show at McPherson College will include the CEO of a tire company for classic cars, an opportunity for youth to take a shot at judging cars and a focus on restoration and racing legend Carroll Shelby.

The weekend’s events will kick off on Friday, May 3 at 6 p.m. with the annual “Evening With Automotive Restoration” dinner. This year features Corky Coker, president and CEO of Coker Tires specializing in tires and rims for collector cars. Coker is a supporter of young people in the collector car industry and owns about 100 collector cars and vintage motorcycles.

The student-run C.A.R.S. Club show the next day will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 4, and will include tours of the restoration building, two demonstrations of a team of students assembling a fully functional Model T from a pile of parts in less than 15 minutes, and faculty demonstrations of restoration techniques.

Another exciting offering at the car show is the youth judging program – Hagerty’s Operation Ignite - which will be offered in 2013 for the third year in a row. 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 will also recognize Carroll Shelby, who passed away last year. Shelby is known for his racing career and his trademark car designs, such as the Shelby Cobra. To recognize him, Shelby cars will have free admittance to the show.

“Carroll Shelby did a great number of things in the racing and automotive industry, and his life deserves to be honored at the show,” said Jared Buckert, junior, Warsaw, Ill., and vice president of the C.A.R.S. Club. “It just seemed to fit that we’d want to acknowledge such an influential figure’s passing at our show.”

Feature cars at the show will include a rare 1907 Tincher - a company that produced vehicles for just two years, the “898” 1949 Studebaker pickup that set two new class speed records at the Bonneville Salt Flats in 2010, and a supercharged 1933 Miller race car with 16 cylinders.

People will also have an opportunity to buy a signed book about automotive metal shaping by Ed Barr, assistant professor of technology. Barr will give a metal shaping demonstration before the signing.

“An Evening With Automotive Restoration”
• Featuring Corky Coker, president and CEO or Coker Tires
• 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., May 3
• $40 - call Deb Wagoner at 620-242-0491 for reservations

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