The Mid-Plains Community College raffle car is on the road again. The public will have the opportunity to view and buy tickets for the 1969 Ford Mustang Convertible at multiple locations this week.
The car will start out by visiting at least four businesses in McCook on Thursday: MNB Realty from 10-11 a.m., Cappel Motors from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Arby's from 1-2 p.m. and Wireless World from 2:30-3:30 p.m.
The next stop on the Mustang's tour will be the 32nd annual Cruise Nite in Kearney. The car will be set up at the Show and Shine at the fairgrounds from 5-7:30 p.m. Friday. It will also be a part of the Show and Shine on the Bricks from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
From Kearney, the Mustang will travel to the sixth annual Car Show and Shine in David City. It will be at the Butler County Fairgrounds from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
About the car
The Mustang is the 15th raffle car produced by MPCC's Transportation Division. It was restored by students in MPCC's Automotive Technology and Auto Body Technology programs.
The car came from Stuart, Neb. The students disassembled it – essentially reducing it down to a shell. They then sandblasted the body and frame to bare metal.
From there, they embarked on the long and challenging process of transforming the vehicle into a work of art. The project required them to study traditional engineering and technology.
"The interior is original in intent," said Don Wilson, MPCC Auto Body instructor. "The students learned how to put on, align and paint quarter panels Viper Venom Red. They installed a new top, floorboards, carpet, seats and a dash pad. They also removed then reassembled the instrument panel, including the speedometer."
The car was completely rebuilt inside and out, according to Bryan Herrick, MPCC's first year Automotive Technology instructor.
The 302 cubic inch V8 engine and transmission were rebuilt in Herrick's classes as were the suspension and chassis. Four wheel disc brakes and Magnum 500 wheels were added in the process.
The car will tour the state throughout the summer, making appearances at car shows, parades and cruise night events.
The state allows MPCC to conduct the raffle within a 90-day window. A total of 10,000 raffle tickets will be offered 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 is posted at mpcc.edu/community/npcc-classic-car-projects/car-raffle.
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 are selling 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, ABC Auto Salvage, 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, Yellow Rose Lounge and Herrick Auto and Marine in Curtis will also have tickets available, as will Smith Signs in Kearney.
The drawing for the Mustang will be at 2 p.m. Sept. 7 during the 24th annual Colonel Cody's Cruise Show and Shine in Memorial Park.