Our Mission: To be the center of excellence for students serious about automotive restoration.

Our Vision: By 2023 MC will compete to win at Pebble Beach.

Adam and Jay Leno

FRIENDS of the PROGRAM The Automotive Restoration Program has many supporters from the collector car community like Jay Leno.

The Automotive Restoration Technology Program at McPherson College was established in 1976 through the generosity and foresight of local entrepreneur Gaines H. “Smokey” Billue. His gift of over 125 classic and antique cars provided initial funds for the program. Mr. Billue, the Templeton family and others contributed toward the construction of Templeton Hall, which continues to serve as the home to the world-renowned program.

In 1997 this unique automotive restoration program attracted the attention of classic car enthusiast Jay Leno who established the Fred S. Duesenberg Scholarship and the Jay Leno Popular Mechanics scholarship. Both scholarships continue to provide financial assistance to students interested in studying classic automotive restoration. His involvement raised awareness of the program in the car collector community.

Today, with industry connections spanning the country and internship opportunities in a broad range of automotive settings, McPherson College stands alone as the only school to provide a bachelor’s degree in Restoration Technology.

Our expert instructors and top-notch facility are also available to hobbyists and professionals in summer workshops at the Automotive Restoration Institute.

The program is supported by business leaders and collector car enthusiasts from around the country who lend their expertise and insight to the program.