Two more chances to buy tickets for NPCC raffle car

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Friday, September 1, 2023

There will be two more opportunities for the public to purchase tickets for the 2023 North Platte Community College raffle car following its return from the Nebraska State Fair.

The 1972 Pontiac Le Mans Sport will be at the Cohagen Battery Store in North Platte from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 6.

The last chance to buy tickets will be immediately prior to the drawing for the car at 2 p.m. Sept. 9 during the annual Colonel Cody’s Cruise Show and Shine in North Platte’s Memorial Park. 

About the car

The Le Mans is the 18th raffle vehicle produced by the college’s Transportation Division. It was restored by students in NPCC’s Automotive Technology and Auto Body Technology programs.

Among the Pontiac’s many features are a LQ4 6.0L engine, 4L80 transmission, four-wheel disc brakes, a Kilduff Shifter and Ford nine-inch, clutch-style Eaton Posi differential.

The car is painted in PPG Lightning Blue, boasts a custom hood and front valance and comes with air conditioning and cruise control amenities.

Upcoming appearances 

The Le Mans toured the state throughout the summer, making appearances at car shows, parades and cruise night events.

A total of 10,000 raffle tickets were offered at a cost of $10 each. Proceeds from the raffle 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 are still being sold at the welcome centers of Mid-Plains Community College campuses in McCook, North Platte, Broken Bow, Imperial, Ogallala and Valentine and at various area businesses.

The businesses, organizations and individuals selling tickets this year include: Don’s Motor Company, Cohagen Battery Store, Levander’s Body Shop, Grandma’s Memories Antiques and Collectibles, Isabelle’s Auction House, A.J. Janas, Pat Smith, Jody’s Auto Sales and LKQ Corporation, all in North Platte.

MNB Bank and MNB Insurance, in McCook; the Yellow Rose Lounge and Herrick Auto and Marine, in Curtis; Top Notch Auto and Towing and Moe’s Graphics, in Gothenburg; Kent Silvester, in Imperial and Neil Noel, in Beaver City also have tickets.