C.A.R.S. Club, or College Automotive Restoration Students, is a student led club open to any McPherson student interested in antique and collector cars. The club gives students an opportunity to get together and share their passion for automobiles outside of the classroom. Club members are able to participate in numerous events throughout the year, including car shows, cruises, travel, old car movie nights, and insider trips to museums and private collections.

The culmination of the year is the student led C.A.R.S. Show in the Spring, where students plan their own large car show unlike anything else in the area, attracting participants from around the country.

C.A.R.S. Club Car & Motorcycle Show

2017 Events

SWAP MEET
Saturday, April 15, 2017
| 7:00am – 7:00pm
McPherson 4H Building, W. Woodside Ave., McPherson

CRUISE-IN
Friday, May 5, 2017
| 6:00pm
Main St., McPherson
No registration necessary for Cruise-In.

18th ANNUAL CAR & MOTORCYCLE SHOW
Saturday, May 6, 2017 | 8:00am – 2:00pm
Campus of McPherson College
Online Registration $20 per vehicle.
Mail-in Registration Form (PDF)
Pre-register your vehicle before April 15, 2017 for the discounted rate of $15.

Car Show contact: Jason Peters petejas@bulldog.mcpherson.edu
Swap Meet contacts: Isabella Zacchia zaccisa@bulldog.mcpherson.edu or Joe Farmer farmjos@bulldog.mcpherson.edu

Car Show Archive

Highlights from the 17th Annual Car Show:

2016: Video | Recap
2015: Video | Recap
2014: Video | Recap
2013: Video | Recap
2012: Video | Recap
2011: Gallery 1 | Gallery 2 | Recap

 

Starting in 1955, a revolution was happening within the halls of Chrysler Corporations still developing styling studio -- the last of the Big Three to create one. Virgil Exner was one of the most influential car designers of the 1950s, ushering in a new look for Chrysler he dubbed, the Forward Look. His designs were lower, flashier and more attractive than anything the company had previously built. The Forward Look would go on to give us arguably the most fashionable, handsome and iconic American cars in 1957.
 
For two model years only, 1955 and 1956, Chrysler offered a unique trim level on the Dodge Custom Royal Lancer series that would be called La Femme. Available in two-tone Sapphire White and Heather Rose, the La Femme was entirely marketed to women - a first for the 1950s. 

In addition to the feminine color scheme, the La Femme also featured accessories such as rain boots, an umbrella, a handbag with perfume, a compact, comb and a cigarette case - all perfectly coordinated with the interior upholstery. 

Marketing and publicity for the new model was scarce and virtually nothing exists on production figures. Its estimated that only about 60 surviving Dodge La Femmes have been accounted for making these an extremely unusual and rare sight. 

Please join us in welcoming Scott Miller from Nebraska to exhibit his very lovely 1955 Dodge La Femme!! Scott also has a 1956 La Femme currently undergoing a frame-off restoration. 

Dont forget, come by our 18th Annual McPherson College Car & Motorcycle show on Saturday, May 6th! Registration opens at 8:00am!

Starting in 1955, a revolution was happening within the halls of Chrysler Corporation's still developing styling studio -- the last of the Big Three to create one. Virgil Exner was one of the most influential car designers of the 1950s, ushering in a new look for Chrysler he dubbed, the "Forward Look." His designs were lower, flashier and more attractive than anything the company had previously built. The Forward Look would go on to give us arguably the most fashionable, handsome and iconic American cars in 1957.

For two model years only, 1955 and 1956, Chrysler offered a unique trim level on the Dodge Custom Royal Lancer series that would be called La Femme. Available in two-tone "Sapphire White" and "Heather Rose," the La Femme was entirely marketed to women - a first for the 1950s.

In addition to the feminine color scheme, the La Femme also featured accessories such as rain boots, an umbrella, a handbag with perfume, a compact, comb and a cigarette case - all perfectly coordinated with the interior upholstery.

Marketing and publicity for the new model was scarce and virtually nothing exists on production figures. It's estimated that only about 60 surviving Dodge La Femme's have been accounted for making these an extremely unusual and rare sight.

Please join us in welcoming Scott Miller from Nebraska to exhibit his very lovely 1955 Dodge La Femme!! Scott also has a 1956 La Femme currently undergoing a frame-off restoration.

Don't forget, come by our 18th Annual McPherson College Car & Motorcycle show on Saturday, May 6th! Registration opens at 8:00am!
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Good job Scott

Don't forget, McPherson College is also hosting a Main Street Cruise-In on Friday, May 5th As part of our Car Show Weekend!! From 6:00pm-10:00pm, we will have music, soda, water, Hopps Sno-Cones will be open (and are donating the sound!). Main Street will be closed off between Marlin & Euclid! ... See MoreSee Less

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Matthew Tyler Delano Miller-Wells. Looks like fun!

Brian Hopp

Meet another of this year's Feature Cars - a 1957 Mercedes Benz SLS Tribute recently completed by the Mercedes Benz Classic Center!! In addition to this magnificent car, the alumni from McPherson College's Automotive Restoration program who work at the Classic Center will also be on hand helping us celebrate 40 years of the program!

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A chilly night didnt keep the McPherson College C.A.R.S. Club away from their showing of American Graffiti at Lakeside Park!  Thanks to all who attended!

A chilly night didn't keep the McPherson College C.A.R.S. Club away from their showing of American Graffiti at Lakeside Park! Thanks to all who attended! ... See MoreSee Less

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Mark your calendars for the upcoming 3rd Annual C.A.R.S. Club Swap Meet happening April 15th at the 4-H Building in McPherson, Kansas.  This is not the Car Show. The events are being held separately this year so you can go to both!  

Pre-registration is available on our website, or you can register day-of starting at 6AM.  The swap meet id from 7AM-7PM.  Spots cost $25 and they are 10x20!  What a deal!  All proceeds go to benefiting the McPherson College C.A.R.S. Club!

Mark your calendars for the upcoming 3rd Annual C.A.R.S. Club Swap Meet happening April 15th at the 4-H Building in McPherson, Kansas. This is not the Car Show. The events are being held separately this year so you can go to both!

Pre-registration is available on our website, or you can register day-of starting at 6AM. The swap meet id from 7AM-7PM. Spots cost $25 and they are 10'x20'! What a deal! All proceeds go to benefiting the McPherson College C.A.R.S. Club!
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Matthew Tyler Delano Miller-Wells looks fun!

Tyler, what is this?

Terra Regehr this might help?

There's no contact person I needed to get ahold of someone but thanks

In early-1957, Carl Kiekhaefer -- founder of Mercury Marine outboard motors, ordered four new 1957 Chrysler 300Cs to be used for automobile racing. One was resold, another received experimental modifications and two others were scheduled for the NASCAR Road America race in Elkhart Lake, WI. 

Special ordered in Charcoal Gray, this Road America competition model as it would be named would be prepped for the racing circuit. Using a beefed up convertible X-braced frame, it featured front boxed cross members, a 390hp 392 Hemi V8 with custom high-output exhaust manifolds, and a beefed up Imperial suspension with larger hubs. 

As luck would have it, NASCAR would pull out of the Road Racing series and the cars would never be used on the track. 

In addition to this 1957 Chrysler 300C being restored by McPherson College Automotive Restoration alums, it also has a very unique and special history. We are excited to exhibit this car at McPherson Colleges 18th Annual Car & Motorcycle Show on Saturday, May 6th.

In early-1957, Carl Kiekhaefer -- founder of Mercury Marine outboard motors, ordered four new 1957 Chrysler 300C's to be used for automobile racing. One was resold, another received experimental modifications and two others were scheduled for the NASCAR "Road America" race in Elkhart Lake, WI.

Special ordered in Charcoal Gray, this "Road America competition model" as it would be named would be prepped for the racing circuit. Using a beefed up convertible X-braced frame, it featured front boxed cross members, a 390hp 392 Hemi V8 with custom high-output exhaust manifolds, and a beefed up Imperial suspension with larger hubs.

As luck would have it, NASCAR would pull out of the Road Racing series and the cars would never be used on the track.

In addition to this 1957 Chrysler 300C being restored by McPherson College Automotive Restoration alums, it also has a very unique and special history. We are excited to exhibit this car at McPherson College's 18th Annual Car & Motorcycle Show on Saturday, May 6th.
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DROOOOOL!

Mike Berry, this is the one I was telling you about.

I'll be there. Photo "as found" about 30 years ago.

Great history!

On May 17th, 1966 - Fisher Body delivered to Chevrolet the very first all-new 1967 Camaro, VIN number 100001. This significant date would set in motion the start of a now 50 year long rivalry between Chevrolets handsome new Pony Car and Fords Mustang. 

Built over four days, final assembly would be completed along with 48 other pre-production pilot cars at a facility in Norwood, Ohio. Camaro #1 would be finished in GMs Granada Gold with matching gold interior. On August 17th, 1966, the Camaro would enter the world stage. 

This car will be on display at McPherson Colleges 2017 18th Annual Car and Motorcycle show on Saturday, May 6th. Were incredibly honored to be exhibiting this one of a kind, very special automobile.  

*Sources:
Historic Vehicle Association
Hagerty

On May 17th, 1966 - Fisher Body delivered to Chevrolet the very first all-new 1967 Camaro, VIN number 100001. This significant date would set in motion the start of a now 50 year long rivalry between Chevrolet's handsome new Pony Car and Ford's Mustang.

Built over four days, final assembly would be completed along with 48 other pre-production "pilot cars" at a facility in Norwood, Ohio. Camaro #1 would be finished in GM's "Granada Gold" with matching gold interior. On August 17th, 1966, the Camaro would enter the world stage.

This car will be on display at McPherson College's 2017 18th Annual Car and Motorcycle show on Saturday, May 6th. We're incredibly honored to be exhibiting this one of a kind, very special automobile.

*Sources:
Historic Vehicle Association
Hagerty
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Is that date right?

And you know where one similar is lol love that car

Nicholas Willi Jr.

Nate Pore

Kevin Smith

Will enjoy seeing it!

Very cool

Dang! Who made this come together?

The gold '67 Camaro was sitting in the shop when I first toured Mac...made me feel at home since I had a '68 sitting at home waiting to come down. I just saw this car at Amelia Island!

Julia Berger this is awesome thank you for putting this together! Gonna be a great car to have at the show!

the incredible looking forward to see it ! I recently completed my 67 Camaro and plan on being at show

Duane you doing up your Camaro or is todd working on it good seeing you last fall

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