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McPherson College Professor, Alumnus Recognized In Magazine

Luke Chennell

Luke Chennell, assistant professor of technology

McPherson College Professor Luke Chennell was included in Sports Car Market’s “40 under 40” list appearing in the October issue of the magazine. Also included on the list is McPherson College alumnus Jonathan Klinger.

The list was compiled by the editors of the magazine who reviewed nominations sent in by its readers and features individuals in the automotive restoration industry who are “making a difference in the collector car world.” Hundreds of names were submitted for consideration. Sports Car Market is a magazine based in Portland, Oregon that covers the auctions of vehicles and other aspects of car collecting.

Chennell is an assistant professor of technology in the Automotive Restoration Department at McPherson College. He teaches students mechanical skills in the craft of authentic restoration and covers a broad range of automotive history from the 1886 Benz Patent Motorwagen to the present day. He specializes in transmissions, rear axles, steering, suspension and brakes, and teaches materials science and manufacturing including sand casting and pattern making. His interest in vintage automobiles began at age five and he has been immersed in the history of the automobile ever since.

Jonathan Klinger

Jonathan Klinger

“I am honored to be included on the list of younger professionals,” he said. “I’m proud of the ethic of restoration that the college instilled in me and am proud to continue to pay forward that ethic to the students I’ve been so lucky to teach.”

Klinger, a 2002 graduate of McPherson College, is the vice president of public relations at Hagerty Classic Car Insurance. He is responsible for positioning the company as unbiased automotive experts and building the company’s automobile knowledge through its employees. He also works closely with colleagues to build the youth programs that introduce the next generation of car enthusiasts to the world of collecting automobiles. Klinger has served five years as a member of the McPherson College Board of Trustees and is an active member of the Automotive Restoration Department’s National Advisory Board.