For the past five years, students from McPherson College have taken part in the Des Moines Concours d’Elegance serving as apprentice judges. Myron Stine, a McPherson College alumni and vice president of the Iowa Automobile Heritage Foundation, says the association with the college has been good for the students and good for the concours.
“It is an opportunity for the students to experience a prestigious car event and work with the judges,” Stine said. “I know those involved with the concours really enjoy having the students there. I’m proud that the Des Moines Concours recognizes that the students from the McPherson College automotive restoration program are top-notch.”
This year, six students from the automotive restoration program will have the opportunity to experience one of the Midwest’s premier car shows on September 7-8. They will work alongside judges that critique the more than 100 vintage and classic motor vehicles selected for the concours. The experience reinforces what the students learn in the classroom, said Amanda Gutierrez, vice president for automotive restoration.
“Our partnership with the Des Moines Concours gives McPherson College students an opportunity to experience the classic cars beyond the classroom and helps them to identify how they are part of the future of the automotive restoration industry,” Gutierrez said.
Students attending this year’s concours include:
- Wally Behrens, Crested Butte, Colorado
- Cole Tanner, Lunenburg, Massachusetts
- Cedric Brown, Culpeper, Virginia
- Matt Shrader, Olathe, Kansas
- Curren Harris, Hiwassee, Virginia
- Geoffrey Smith, Brownsburg, Indiana