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McPherson College Presents Bill Warner: Racing Around the Rules

McPherson College is pleased to welcome Bill Warner, founder and chairman of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in Florida, as the speaker for the Evening with Auto Restoration Dinner on Friday, May 5 at 6:00 p.m.

Warner has spent his life around cars, engaged in just about every aspect of the automotive world – as a racer, writer, photographer and “all-around car guy.” He’s contributed to Road and Track, Car and Driver, Autoweek and Automobile magazines. Drawing on 40 years of racing experience and a lifelong passion for the automobile, Warner wants to impress upon the audience, particularly the students in attendance, “how important it is to have that passion in their career and lives as their guiding light.”

Tickets for the dinner are $40. Reservations may be made at Proceeds benefit the restoration program.

On Saturday, May 6, during the 18th Annual McPherson College C.A.R.S. Club Car Show, Warner and long-time friend Tom Cotter will share about their recently released book, Cuba’s Car Culture. Cotter, has also built a life around cars, working with Indy, Nascar and Formula One, among others and is a noted author of books such as “50 Shades of Rust” and “Hemi in the Barn.” Cotter serves as a member of the college’s National Advisory Board for Automotive Restoration.

Warner and Cotter made multiple trips to Cuba, originally to study the Cuban Grand Prix for Sports Cars, but they ended up creating a reflection of what transpired before and after the revolution. Included in the book are many unseen photographs from the late Claude Haycraft, a photographer for the Tampa Tribune, who covered the Cuban races. Following the presentation, Cotter and Warner will sign copies of the book, which will be available for purchase, with proceeds supporting the C.A.R.S. Club.

“For anyone who has ever wanted to tour our restoration facility, you can’t ask for a better weekend,” said Amanda Gutierrez, vice president for auto restoration. In addition to Bill’s presentation on Friday night, the students put on a great car show on Saturday with tours, demonstrations and vehicles from around the country, many that have never been shown in Kansas.”

C.A.R.S. Club Car Show Schedule
Saturday, May 6, 2017:

7:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Breakfast
8:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Registration
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Templeton Tours (every 20 minutes with a lunch break from 12-1 p.m.)
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Presentation and Book Signing Cuba’s Car Culture: Celebrating the Island’s Automotive Love Affair with Tom Cotter & Bill Warner (Mingenback Theatre)
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Lunch
11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Pin-striping Demonstration by student Jacob san Martin
11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Trim Demonstration with instructor Mike Dudley
12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Sheet Metal Demonstration with instructor Ed Barr
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. McPherson College Jazz Band
1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Benz Patent Motorwagen Demonstration
1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Pin-striping Demonstration by student Jacob san Martin
2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Model T Build
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Car Show Awards