North Platte Community College raffle car tours college service area

North Platte Community College is raffling this 1985 Oldsmobile Cutlass 442. (Courtesy Photo)

By HEATHER JOHNSON
Mid Plains Community College

The 2022 North Platte Community College raffle car, a 1985 Oldsmobile Cutlass 442, will stay close to home through the first week of August.

The Cutlass will be in McCook all day Thursday. It will be set up from 10-11:30 am at Midwest Liberty FCU, from noon to 1:30 pm at Nebraskaland Tire and Service and from 2-3:30 pm at NAPA Auto Parts – Southwest Farm and Auto Supply.

On Friday, the car will travel to Ogallala. It will be on display at the A&W Restaurant, 1103 W. First St., from 9 am to 4 pm

At 4 pm July 29, the public will have the opportunity to view the car at the North Platte Walmart.

The Oldsmobile will visit Curtis Aug. 2-3. It will be outside Herrick Auto and Marine from 9 am to 4 pm and at the Yellow Rose Lounge from 5-8 pm both days.

On Aug. 5, the raffle car will head to the 15th annual Dam Car Show at Trenton where it will be on display from 5-8 pm

Tickets will be available for purchase at all locations.

About the car

The Oldsmobile is the 17th raffle vehicle produced by NPCC’s Transportation Division. It was restored by students in the Automotive Technology and Auto Body Technology programs.

The original interior and rear end of the Cutlass were maintained. The Automotive students put in a L33 aluminum block engine, which was introduced in 2005 as the “high performance” 5.3L engine.

They also installed a 4L65-E heavy-duty automatic transmission – designed to harness performance engines on the street and strip.

Additionally, the Automotive students were responsible for a Kilduff Lightning Rod Shifter, a swap harness from Johnson’s Rodz, tubular upper control arms and 2-inch drop spindles, a custom camshaft and performance tune and tire clearance of the chassis.

Auto Body students added a custom hood and a rear trunk spoiler, painted the vehicle its original gray and silver color and repainted the pinstripes on the sides.

Upcoming appearances

The Oldsmobile will tour the state throughout the summer, making appearances at car shows, parades and cruise night events. A detailed schedule is posted at mpcc.edu/academics/programs/classic-car-raffle.php.

A total of 10,000 raffle tickets will be offered at a cost of $10 each. 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.

A number of businesses, organizations and individuals have offered to sell tickets. In North Platte, those include: Don’s Motor Company, Cohagen Battery Store, Levander’s Body Shop, Grandma’s Memories Antiques and Collectibles, Isabelle’s Auction House, AJ Janas, Pat Smith, Jody’s Auto Sales and LKQ Corporation.

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, Neil Noel, in Beaver City, and Duncan Upholstery, in Cairo will also have tickets.

Additionally, tickets will be available everywhere the car is displayed and at the welcome centers of MPCC campuses in McCook, North Platte, Broken Bow, Imperial, Ogallala and Valentine.

The drawing for the Oldsmobile will be at 2 pm Sept. 10 during the annual Colonel Cody’s Cruise Show and Shine in Memorial Park.

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