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Auto Restoration Students Display in Friendship Hall

posted Apr 25, 2005 in CAMPUS EVENTS

The first Senior Exhibition by students completing the automotive restoration design technology program is currently being featured at McPherson College. It is unique for several reasons: These are the first students to graduate in the new automotive restoration design program, and for the first time, there is a vintage automobile and the chassis of a car under construction in an exhibition in Friendship Hall.

Jeremy McNerthney is displaying his work to date on the chassis of a vintage stock car he is building from pre-WWII Ford parts.

George Smolenyak’s 1929 Ford Model A Business Coupe is also on display. The car was purchased from an actor by Smolenyak’s father about 10 years ago. The family worked to restore the Model A gradually over time; in the last four years the drive train has been completely rebuilt.

In addition to the actual vehicles on display in Friendship Hall, there are photos are articles explaining the painstaking process of building and/or restoring classic cars.

The entire community and campus is invited to a reception in their honor on Tuesday, April 26, FROM 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. in Friendship Hall. “This exhibition marks the beginning of a new era at McPherson College,” says Wayne Conyers, chairman of the college art department. “We hope many will stop in to revel in the accomplishments of Jeremy and George and talk to these creative mechanics / restorers / sculptors.”

The exhibit will remain on display in Friendship Hall until April 30. For further information please contact Wayne Conyers at 241-0742 ext. 1234.


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