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Annual McPherson College C.A.R.S. Club Car Show on May 7

posted Apr 27, 2005 in CAMPUS EVENTS

The streets of downtown McPherson will be filled with hot rods, classic and custom cars for the annual Main Street Cruise-In from 6-8 p.m. on Friday May 6. The Cruise-In will set the stage for the 6th annual C.A.R.S. Club Car Show held on Saturday May 7th on the McPherson College campus. This year more than 125 cars are expected to be on display.

There is no charge to attend the show. To enter a car in the event, the fee is $15.00; registration is from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Some vehicles are entered for display only, while others are entered in one of seven categories to be judged. Awards for the winning cars will be presented at 3:00 p.m.

There are three featured cars to be displayed in this year’s show. The first, owned by Roger Morrison from Salina, is a 1935 Bentley 3 ½ litre Drophead Coupè. Body by Barker, the car is a one-off body for Prince Ali Khan. Morrison, who currently chairs the National Advisory Board, is long-time supporter of McPherson College’s automotive restoration program.

Nicholas Cage previously owned the 30th anniversary edition of the 1994 Lamborghini Diablo, the second featured car. The car was in the movie “Gone in Sixty Seconds”.

The “Idaho Special,” a 1954 Jaguar XK120 will also be on display. The car, which was road raced in the 1950s, belongs to Lawrence Smith, a classic car collector from Wichita.

The show is sponsored by the C.A.R.S. Club, a student club at McPherson College. (C.A.R.S. stands for College Automotive Restoration Students.) While the club sponsors a number of events throughout the year, the work on the show begins early in the fall semester. According to Jonathan Klinger, director of automotive restoration development, “It is really amazing how much work goes into the annual car show. The students do a fantastic job of putting on a first class show. It’s always a really enjoyable day.”

Tours of Templeton Hall, the home of the automotive restoration program, will be open to the public during the show. Refreshments will be provided by the local Optimists Club.

McPherson College's Automotive Restoration Program is internationally recognized for the excellent preparation it provides students in this field. The primary goal of the program is to teach automotive restoration at its best. The faculty and students share a common goal of striving for authentic restorations based on extensive research. Restoration students learn by integrating theory with hands-on restoration work on vehicles from all eras including antique and classic cars. Classes promote an appreciation and respect for automotive culture and its history. The internship program has created many outstanding opportunities. Restoration facilities and museums consistently provide professional work settings for students to demonstrate the skills and knowledge acquired in the program.

For further information please contact Jonathan Klinger at 241-0742 ext. 1254, or email

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