It’s the ultimate dream of any long-time car enthusiast - discovering a rare or desirable vehicle hidden in the shadowy depths of a forgotten barn or garage.
These legendary “barn finds” are the area of expertise for this year’s speaker at the annual “Evening with Automotive Restoration” event at McPherson College - author and automotive restoration expert Tom Cotter.
McPherson College is the only institution of higher education to offer a four-year bachelor’s degree in automotive restoration. The annual dinner is an opportunity to support the program, enjoy good food and hear from special guests who are experts in some aspect of restoration. It will be held this year starting at 4:30 p.m. May 2 with a reception and tours of Templeton Hall, the restoration facility. Following at 6 p.m. will be dinner and Cotter’s presentation in Mingenback Theatre on the McPherson College campus.
“I only wish the McPherson program existed when I was graduating high school,” Cotter said. “Instead, it took me 10 years to learn less than half of what a McPherson student learns.”
Cotter is the author of four popular books about automotive “barn finds” - “The Cobra in the Barn,” “The Hemi in the Barn,” “The Vincent in the Barn,” and “The Corvette in the Barn.” He’s also written two biographies on big names in the automotive field - “Dean Jeffries, 50 Fabulous Years in Hot Rods, Racing and Film” and “TV Tommy Ivo, Drag Racing’s Master Showman.”
Before becoming an author, Cotter ran a highly successful public relations and marketing agency in motorsports with clients including NASCAR, Mercedes-Benz, Ford, Dodge, Pontiac, Oldsmobile, SPEED Channel, Lowe’s, McDonald’s and Sears.
He also serves on the advisory board for the automotive restoration program.
“I always promised I would "give back" to the next generation of auto enthusiasts if I was lucky enough to make it,” he said. “Which is why I accepted a position on McPherson's advisory board.”
Seating is limited at the event. To purchase tickets contact [email protected] by April 24. Tickets cost $35 and benefit McPherson College Automotive restoration.