McPherson College Auto Restoration Alumnus Samuel Harris

McPherson College Auto Restoration Alumnus Samuel Harris

Ozark
Saturday, January 18, 2020 -
10:00am to 1:00pm
Bentonville
Arkansas

The Ozark Section MBCA gathered at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 18, at the Bentonville Public Library to hear Samuel Harris IV share the story of his auto restoration education and career. As a teenager, while watching the Motor Trend show “Chasing Classic Cars” with his dad, Sam was inspired by show host Wayne Carini to see if he could qualify as one of only 50 students admitted each year (out of about 2,000 applicants) to McPherson’s four-year B. S. degree in auto restoration, the only one of its kind in America. Throughout his education and career, Sam has had amazing first-hand experiences with Wayne Carini, Jay Leno and many other esteemed classic car collectors. According to its Facebook page, the McPherson College Auto Restoration education gives its students hands-on experience restoring vehicles to concours levels, working with a range of cars from Model Ts to an ongoing project of a 1953 Mercedes 300S Cabriolet. The degree also prepares students as future business leaders. They participate in various auto-related extra-curricular activities of their choice, including a “speed build” of a completely disassembled Model T. (Sam’s team holds the record at just over six minutes.) They also participate in car shows and concours such as Amelia Island and Pebble Beach. McPherson College has a fantastic 95% placement rate after graduation into classic automotive shop leadership, major restoration shops and auto museums. Thanks go to Teresa and Bob Poulseen for letting us learn from Samuel about automotive restoration processes and this important college. Samuel, a local from NWA, has a goal to become a Loan Officer responsible for classic car loans and to support his father’s business restoring Land Cruisers. After the program, the Ozark Section enjoyed a delicious lunch at Bentonville’s Pedalers’ Pub.

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