The 2016 North Platte Community College raffle car is taking over the showroom at Bob Spady Buick GMC, Inc. of North Platte this week.
The fully restored and modified 1968 Ford Mustang Coupe will be on display at the store from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday.
It's one of the last chances for people in North Platte to view the car and buy tickets prior to the drawing.
"The heat has been tough on all of us — especially our guys touring this year's raffle car," said Chuck Salestrom, the college's area vice president of public information and marketing. "We are so grateful to the Bob Spady family for giving us a spot in their air conditioned showroom for folks to view the raffle car and purchase tickets this week. We strongly encourage community members to stop in, check out the Mustang - along with the dealership's selection of new and used vehicles and thank the Spady group for their continued support of our transportation programs and students."
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.
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 www.mpcc.edu.