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AR Alumni Newsletter – June 2018

My Classic Car features McPherson College

Nearly 100 people attended a Cars & Coffee Viewing Party on June 9th to celebrate the premiere of the newest episode of “My Classic Car,” hosted by Dennis Gage that features the 2018 C.A.R.S. Club Car and Motorcycle Show.

The episode was shot on May 4-5 during the cruise-in and car show. The 2018 car show was the biggest in the 19-year history of the event attracting more than 400 cars and motorcycles from across the country.

The My Classic Car episode featuring McPherson College premiered on the Velocity network and then will air on the NBC Sports Network on June 26 at 4:30 p.m. ET. It will also be carried on MAVTV and Rev’n networks.

Watch the full episode.

Automobile Magazine publishes student article

MC Student Charles HoehaverAn article and photographs by a McPherson College student were recently featured by a national publication in its online magazine. Automobile Magazine, part of the MotorTrend publication group, published the work of Charles Hoehaver, a current student at the college.

During a visit to campus by one of the magazine’s contributing editors, Hoehaver was asked to cover the annual student-organized car show. The result was the article titled, “Nine Cool Cars from the 2018 McPherson College CARS Club Motoring Festival,”along with several photographs. Hoehaver of Auburn, Alabama, is majoring in automotive communications.

“Opening doors to high profile learning experiences outside of the classroom is an opportunity for many McPherson College students,” President Michael Schneider said. “And, many of these experiences result in employment opportunities when these students graduate.”

Among the 2018 McPherson College graduates, 88 percent who were employed, had jobs in their major prior to commencement and 64 percent reported having a job or graduate school plans prior to commencement, compared to a national average of 21 percent.

Great car stories lead students to Summer Institute

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For many of the participants in the Summer Institute program the road that leads them to McPherson College begins with a great car story.

The Automotive Restoration program at McPherson College has hosted the Summer Institute for more than a decade. It offers five-day long workshops scheduled over three weeks where car hobbyists and professionals can concentrate on a specific skill area and gain hands-on learning from the program’s faculty.

It has been 16 years since Kevin Throneberry from New Mexico first came to the Summer Institute to take a paint class with his father-in-law who was a mechanic. Back then, the two were interested in learning new paint techniques. His father-in-law passed away late last year, leaving him and his family an extensive car collection to maintain. Throneberry decided it was time to return to the Summer Institute and brought his 15-year-old daughter, Jade, with him.

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Alumni Update…

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NAME: Jason Raiffe
RESIDENCE: Northern New Jersey
WORK: As I left school, I knew I wanted to do automotive upholstery. I jumped around a few shops until I landed myself at a place called Automotive Restorations. I have been a part of the team there for two years now. It is a high stress, high reward environment. We send two to three cars consistently to Pebble Beach every year. As well as cars to Amelia Island, Scottsdale, Hershey, and others. For the 2017 Pebble Beach Concours, we sent a 1929 Mercedes Barker S Tourer that won best in show. It was a very exciting time.

LATEST PROJECT: The shop has about 15 full-time employees and another five part-time employees. Every one of us is a character, but each of us is either the best in our field or striving to be the best we can be. I have completed a number of really interesting jobs over the past two years including a full broadcloth interior in a 1937 Packard v12, a 1937 Cadillac v16 limousine, and a 1932 Auburn boat tail speedster. I have recently completed tops on a 1929 Packard sports model, a 1910 locomobile, and a 1929 Bentley 4.5 litre vanden plas body.

GOAL: I hope to one day be the world’s leading authority in historically accurate, pre-war automotive upholstery restorations including the finest craftsmanship and quality work.