A few of the collector car enthusiasts at the C.A.R.S. Club Car Show at McPherson College May 7 will face their toughest judges yet: Kids.


A few of the collector car enthusiasts at the C.A.R.S. Club Car Show at McPherson College May 7 will face their toughest judges yet: Kids.

All youth are invited to participate in Hagerty’s “Operation Ignite! Connecting Kids and Cars” youth judging program which will be offered at the 12th annual C.A.R.S. Club Car show for the first time. This exciting free public event will allow youth participants to get a close personal look at show vehicles and allow them to interact directly with the cars’ owners. This learning opportunity opens the eyes of youth participants to the excitement and camaraderie within the collector vehicle hobby.

“There’s no better way to get youth excited about these beautiful cars than to give them the opportunity to see them up close and talk with the owners who have poured their heart and soul into these vehicles,” said Brian Martin, director of automotive restoration advancement at McPherson College. “Their joy and passion for the hobby draws in the next generation.”

The fun will begin at noon at Templeton Hall, the automotive restoration facility on the McPherson College campus. All youth who want to participate should gather there. The judges will then have the opportunity to head out on the showfield with a guide from Hagerty Insurance to view each featured car, speak with the owner and judge the vehicle on a provided scorecard. After the judging, there will be an opportunity to explore the rest of the show, followed by the youth judges gathering and presenting their awards at 2:45 p.m. Participation will also allow the youth to receive a quarterly newsletter, birthday card and communication about upcoming opportunities through the program. Pre-registration is suggested; please contact Brian Martin at 620-242-0428 or martinb@mcpherson.edu or Tabetha Salsbury, youth advocacy coordinator with Hagerty, at 231-313-7475 or tsalsbury@hagerty.com.

McPherson College is the only accredited institution to offer a four-year degree in automotive restoration and is the premier college for restoration professionals. C.A.R.S. Club, or College Automotive Restoration Students, is a student-led club at McPherson College open to all students interested in antique and collector cars. The annual club car show is completely planned by students and attracts show participants nationwide. This year, the show will include the 1903 Packard Gray Wolf land speed car and an unrestored 1965 Shelby GT 350R. There will also be an opportunity for an informal cruise-in to downtown McPherson following the car show, including a special screen of “Thunder Road” at the McPherson Opera House.