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Sep 10
Ogallala woman wins MPCC raffle car

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Jodie Schilz is the winner of the 2018 Mid-Plains Community College raffle car. 

The Ogallala woman's name was drawn Saturday afternoon during Colonel Cody's Cruise Show and Shine in downtown North Platte. Because Schilz was present at the time of the drawing, she also received $200 from Jody's Auto Sales Used Cars. 

Schilz has purchased tickets for previous cars the college has raffled. She bought one ticket for the Roadster at the Show and Shine – just before she was announced as the winner. 

"Wow. That's all I can say," said Schilz. "I can't believe it. I never imagined I would actually win. I guess now I'm going to have to start going to more car shows." 

Approximately 5,800 raffle tickets costing $10 each were sold for the 1932 Ford Roadster. 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. 

About the car 

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The Roadster was built by students in MPCC's Classic Car Restoration, Automotive Technology and Auto Body Technology programs and is the result of a partnership with Lincoln-based Speedway Motors. 

"The partnership with Speedway has been a wonderful experience," said Bryan Herrick, MPCC's first-year Automotive Technology instructor. "We built the car from scratch using mainly Speedway parts. Ninety-five percent of the project came straight from the Speedway catalog. The remaining five percent involved our construction of the interior."  

It's the first time MPCC has undertaken such a project. The past 13 years, the students restored and modified classic cars. Many of the lessons they learned through that process also applied to building a new car. 

For the Roadster, Automotive Tech students were charged with building a new chassis, creating electrical systems and designing and building a new drivetrain. 

Auto Body students were tasked with fitting the various body components together, painting the exterior and interior surfaces and designing and constructing the seats and upholstery. 

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The Roadster's drivetrain consists of a 327 GM small block engine with three two-barrel carburetors coupled to a Turbo 350 automatic transmission and a Ford 9" rear end. Four-wheel disc brakes with Rocket racing wheels were added. The entire car is either painted, chromed, stainless or fabric. 

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

More information about the Roadster and the transportation programs available at Mid-Plains can be found at mpcc.edu.

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​​​