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Jun 27
2016 NPCC raffle car headed to Sutherland


The 2016 North Platte Community College raffle car, a fully restored and modified 1968 Ford Mustang Coupe, will make an appearance in Sutherland on July 4. It will be at Railroad Park from 8 a.m. to noon.  

The Mustang is the 12th vehicle restored and modified by Classic Car Restoration Program, Automotive Tech and Auto Body Tech students, faculty and staff members in the Transportation Division at NPCC.   

This year, the students decided to keep the car in a more "stock" condition than some of the previous raffle cars. The drivetrain consists of a stock 302 CID, 220-horsepower rated engine with a two-barrel naturally aspirated (carbureted) fuel system coupled to a C4 automatic transmission. 

However, the students couldn't resist a few modifications. The raffle car is sporting a tilt wheel, a completely new interior, an aftermarket sound system and a vinyl top. The finish is "Impact Blue" - selected from a 2014 Mustang color palette using PPG's basecoat/clearcoat paint system. 

The college will use the Mustang a number of ways. First, it counts toward a certificate in automotive restoration. The students who worked on the car had to study then apply current technology to 1968-level application. They had to understand both traditional and modern engineering and technology before merging the two. 

The car will also be used to attract attention to the college and its programs and to recruit students interested in transportation-related training. The Mustang will tour the state, making appearances at car shows, parades and cruise night events. 

The NPCC Foundation is selling raffle tickets for the car at a cost of $10 each. Tickets are available wherever the Mustang is on display, at the welcome centers on both North Platte North and South campuses, at the McCook Community College Welcome Center and at MPCC's extended campuses in Broken Bow, Imperial, Ogallala and Valentine. 

A number of local businesses and organizations are also selling tickets. Those include: Bob Spady Buick-GMC, Cohagen Battery Store, Grandma's Memories Antiques and Collectibles, Isabelle's Auction House, A.J. Janas, Pat Smith, Jody's Auto Sales, Larry's Barber Shop, Modern Tire Pros, Twin River Body Shop, LKQ-Keystone and E.J.'s Outdoor Sports. Tickets may also be purchased at Rex's Refrigeration in Ogallala and Curtis Collision Center in Curtis. 

The drawing will be at 3 p.m. during the Colonel Cody's Cruise Show and Shine in downtown North Platte on Sept. 10.  

More information about the car, its summer tour and the Classic Car Restoration, Automotive Tech and Auto Body Tech program offerings at MPCC is available by calling (308) 535-3601 or visiting 

Heather Johnson
Area Communications Specialist

Heather produces and distributes press releases for the college. She began work at MPCC in 2014. Prior to that, she spent five years as the news director/web manager for Eagle Radio in North Platte. From 2009-2014 she worked as a reporter/photographer for The North Platte Telegraph. Heather has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Chadron State College.

Brent L. Cobb
McCook Community College News Bureau Coordinator​​​