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AR Alumni Newsletter-December 2018

Consider a Gift to Red Wrench

The Red Wrench Club is an annual giving effort originally launched by a group of alumni to help provide a variety of tools and equipment for the AR shops – from engine rebuilding to trim, from chassis to metal shaping. A gift to the Red Wrench Club is the best way to put necessary tools in the hands of students and help them develop the skills they need to be successful in their future careers. Take a look at this year’s wish list and consider making a year-end gift to the Red Wrench Club.

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Mark Your Calendar:

The 20th Annual CARS Club Car & Motorcycle Show is set for Saturday, May 4, 2019. The event will begin on Friday night with a Cruise-In at 6 p.m. on Main Street in McPherson. On Saturday, the car and motorcycle show will get underway at 8 a.m. on McPherson College campus. An Evening with AR featuring Donald Osborne,  will also take place on Friday night. Osborne, in his signature bowtie, is a regular contributor on Jay Leno’s Garage on CNBC, and lends his considerable knowledge to organizations such as HVA and RM Sotheby’s. More details about his appearance and registration for the car and motorcycle show will be on the McPherson College website in March.

Mercedes Update:

In November, Bob Lapane from Paul Russell Company spent time in the lab helping students assemble the rear differential and axle for the college’s 300 S Mercedes-Benz.



Students Wyatt Micelli, Gray Irwin, and Yunce Liang also worked on assembling wheel cylinders for the brake system.




Sheds projects makes cover

Congratulations to Austin Grabowski for making the cover of Hot Rod Deluxe magazine. Austin was featured in the last AR Alumni newsletter. If you missed reading about his car, check out the link to the Hot Rod article. This car was built in the Mustang Sheds across from campus while Austin was a student at McPherson College.


Alumni Update:

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NAME: Stacy Puckett Taylor
RESIDENCE: Detroit, Michigan
WORK: I am the manager at Smith Shop. We produce functional and ornamental metalwork from fine goldsmithing to architectural iron work handmade in Detroit: I also maintain a consulting and research business for automotive restoration projects.
Latest Project: My husband and I are in the process of rehabbing a 25,000 sq. ft. old industrial building in Detroit to be our home and shop. We have also been restoring a two-family house that we live in now. Our car projects are numerous and include a 1962 Austin Healey, a 1967 Cadillac Eldorado mild custom and a 1962 Mark II Jaguar that is destined to be a vintage racer. I have a 1964 Ford F100 that we use as our good weather work truck. There are a few more, but…
If you could test drive any car, what would it be: 1958 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa
The vehicle you miss the most: My 1965 Ford Fairlane. Her name was Pearl.
The next vehicle you’ll  add to your collection: A nice everyday driver would be an Audi RS7 and for a classic, I am dying for a funky little Fiat 500.