Students to Be Featured

Chasing Classic Cars Goes to school

Larry Jewett - October 11, 2012 10:06 AM

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McPherson College automotive restoration will be the featured subject of a full episode of "Chasing Classic Cars", a nationally distributed program on the Velocity Channel by Discovery.  The show, hosted by master car restorer Wayne Carini, follows his adventures as he seeks out, restores and sells rare and unique collector cars. Carini has owned and operated three classic car and restoration businesses in Portland, Connecticut, and has a special interest in getting young people involved in the collector car hobby.
"We want these young people to take over our own businesses or start their own someday," Carini said, while attending the 13th annual C.A.R.S. Club Car Show at McPherson College last spring. "If we don't have that, all of this is going to go away."
The episode featuring McPherson College, which will premiere at 10 p.m. Eastern/ 9 p.m. Central on October 23, focuses on Carini's search for an apprentice from among the automotive restoration students seeking a four-year bachelor's degree at McPherson College, the only college offering a four-year bachelor's degree in automotive restoration.
Viewers of the program will see Carini meet and interview students, watch a team of students assemble a Model T from parts to running in less than 10 minutes, and attend the C.A.R.S. Club Car show.
Carini was the special guest at "An Evening with Automotive Restoration" dinner earlier this year. He stayed on through Saturday to attend the student-run car show and to interview candidates for a summer intern.
"We were so pleased to have Wayne visit us and to recognize the high-quality, artistic automotive restorers coming from McPherson College," said Amanda Gutierrez, vice president of automotive restoration. "Now, this national program will bring McPherson College into homes and living rooms across the United States and inspire the next generation of young restorers and car enthusiasts to discover how much MC has to offer them."