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AR Alumni Newsletter – August 2018

Automobile Magazine features AR program

The AR program has received many great reviews on a recent article, titled “Cradle of the Restoration Craft,” that appeared in Automobile Magazine. The article appears in the August edition of the magazine in news stands now as well as online. The article does a great job at telling the AR story to a wide audience. Read the full article.

Atlanta Concours joins line-up of MC events

Staff and students will participate in Atlanta Concours d’Elegance on September 29-30. The Atlanta Concours joins other events like the Amelia Island Concours and Pebble Beach Concours and others in which students take part as apprentice judges and get the opportunity to network with alumni and other industry leaders. Read more about the Atlanta Concours.

Where You Can See Us…

Participating in industry events across the country is just one of the ways McPherson College offers unique experiences for students. Seeing MC alumni at these events is not only a highlight for students and staff, but also an inspiration for the students. We look forward to seeing you in the coming year.
Auto Restoration Calendar
  • August 22-26 – Pebble Beach Week
  • September 7-8 – Des Moines Concours
  • September 15-17 – Ferrari Club of North America at Watkins-Glen
  • September 28-30 – Atlanta Concours
  • January 13-21 – Scottsdale Auctions
  • March 8-10 – Amelia Island Concours
  • May 1-4 – Auto Restoration Week
  • May 3 – Evening with AR
  • May 4 – CARS Club Show

MC student internships provide industry exposure

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AR alumni know how important internship experience can be as a student. Internships offer exposure to the restoration industry and often times lead to job after graduation. This summer McPherson College AR students are putting their education to work in internships across the country and the globe!

Graham Eidemiller, Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum, Auburn, Indiana – Graham was responsible for condition reports on vehicles, maintaining and servicing the museum’s running vehicles, updating car history and technical specs for display, and helping sort and identify archived photos. Highlights of his internship included getting a Tucker 48 running for a concours event and getting a 1937 Cord 812 ready for the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival parade.

Abigayle Morgan, Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, Carmel, California – Abigayle served as participant relations intern, interacting with the entrants and judges of the show. She also aided with mailings, data entry, and public inquiries. Abigayle is a senior majoring in restoration technology and minoring in communications.

Curren Harris, Gentry Motorcars, Manchester, Maryland – While interning Curren worked on a 1958 Chevrolet Corvette. He helped install the engine and transmission, and put the body back on the frame, and fully wired the car. Gentry Motorcars is owned by McPherson College alumus Blair Darsch ’14.

Geoffrey Smith & Sam Arant, RM Sotheby’s, Auburn, Indiana – Geoffrey and Sam worked on all of the auction vehicles at the park and photographed cars for documentation. They enjoyed the internship and gained experience in a large variety of cars and the skills it takes to work on them.

MC in the News…

McPherson College has been featured in the news recently for its high job placement rates and for being named, for the fourth year in a row, to the “Great Colleges to Work For” by the Chronicle of Higher Education. Read the full articles at the links below.

Alumni Update…

NAME: Rick Morchesky
RESIDENCE: California
WORK: I work as a metalshaper/fabricator at Walden Speed Shop
LATEST PROJECT: I’ve spent the last two years customizing a 1934 Ford 5-Window Coupe at Walden Speed Shop. It is by far the most in-depth project I’ve ever been a part of, but I enjoy the challenge it presents.
THE VEHICLE I MISS THE MOST: My first car, a 1993 Pontiac Bonneville, that was in such bad shape I carried a staple gun in the car to keep what was left of the headliner up.
THE NEXT VEHICLE I WANT TO ADD TO MY COLLECTION: I’d really like to build myself a nice little Ford Model A roadster.
(Editor’s Note: To see more of Rick’s work, check him out on Instagram.)