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Chase County fairgoers can get an up-close look at this year’s MPCC raffle car when it’s displayed at Saturday’s Car Nutz Cruize-In show during the fair. (Courtesy photo)

MPCC raffle car joins Car Nutz Cruize-In Saturday

The 2018 Mid-Plains Community College (MPCC) raffle car will be on display this Saturday at the Chase County Fair.
    The 1932 Ford Roadster will be part of the 14th annual Car Nutz Cruize-In from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. along Wellington Street.
    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.
    “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,” said Bryan Herrick, Automotive Technology instructor
    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.
    This year, 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.
    The goal was to create a car anyone could drive.


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