The 2018 Mid-Plains Community College raffle car will be on display in Gering this weekend. The public can view and buy tickets for the 1932 Ford Roadster during the Rock-N-Roll Father’s Day Classic Car Show.
The Roadster will be set up at the Gering Civic Center, 1050 M St., at 6 p.m. on Friday. On Saturday, the car will be part of the 9 a.m. Downtown Gering Parade, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., it will be at the Five Rocks Amphitheater, half a mile south of the Highway 71 and 92 intersection.
The Roadster was built by students in MPCC’s Classic Car Restoration, Automotive Technology and Auto Body Technology programs and is the result of a partnership with Lincoln-based Speedway Motors.
“The partnership with Speedway has been a wonderful experience,” said Bryan Herrick, MPCC’s first-year Automotive Technology instructor. “We built the car from scratch using mainly Speedway parts. Ninety-five percent of the project came straight from the Speedway catalog. The remaining five percent involved our construction of the interior.”
It’s the first time MPCC has undertaken such a project. The past 13 years, the students restored and modified classic cars. Many of the lessons they learned through that process also applied to building a new car.
For the Roadster, Automotive Tech students were charged with building a new chassis, creating electrical systems and designing and building a new drivetrain.
Auto Body students were tasked with fitting the various body components together, painting the exterior and interior surfaces and designing and constructing the seats and upholstery.
“There wasn’t a book of step-by-step instructions,” said Don Wilson, MPCC Auto Body instructor. “Our students had to learn each process before they could make the various systems work properly and look amazing.”
The goal was to create a car anyone could drive.
The Roadster’s drivetrain consists of a 327 GM small block engine with three two-barrel carburetors coupled to a Turbo 350 automatic transmission and a Ford 9” rear end. Four-wheel disc brakes with Rocket racing wheels were added. The entire car is either painted, chromed, stainless or fabric.
“It turned out amazing,” said Brandon McElwee, Auto Body student. “To see it come together from start to finish was unbelievable.”
The car will tour the state over the summer, making appearances at car shows, parades and cruise night events.
A total of 10,000 raffle tickets will be available at a price of $10 each. Proceeds will be used for scholarships for students in the college’s transportation programs and to help offset the cost of producing the next raffle car project.
Tickets will be sold everywhere the vehicle is displayed. A schedule will be posted on the college’s website, mpcc.edu, as dates become available.
Tickets can also be purchased in the welcome centers at any of MPCC’s campuses in McCook, North Platte, Broken Bow, Imperial, Ogallala and Valentine.
Additionally, a number of businesses, organizations and individuals will sell tickets. In North Platte, those include: North Platte Buick GMC, Cohagen Battery Store, Grandma’s Memories Antiques and Collectibles, Isabelle’s Auction House, A.J. Janas, Jim Pokorny, Pat Smith, Jody’s Auto Sales, Larry’s Barber Shop, Modern Tire Pros, Twin Rivers Body Shop, LKQ Corporation and E.J.’s Outdoor Sports. The Curtis Collision Center, in Curtis, will also have tickets available.
The drawing for the ’32 Ford will be at 3 p.m. during Colonel Cody’s Cruise Show and Shine in downtown North Platte on Sept. 8.