For Immediate Release: Pebble Beach Star Draws Funds to McPherson College Auto Restoration Program

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Restoration Specialist Paul Russell and Company Bring out Best of Show

(November 3, 2012) – Essex, MA – Paul Russell and Company, the automotive restoration and preservation specialists of this year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Best of Show Winner, the 1928 Mercedes-Benz 680S Saoutchik Torpedo Roadster, brought the Mercedes star back east November 3rd to an eager crowd of enthusiasts, raising funds for McPherson College’s Automotive Restoration Program, the country’s only four-year Bachelor of Arts program devoted to the craft. The event raised nearly $60,000, from over 200 avid auto enthusiasts, sponsors, and supporters who were treated to a first-hand explanation of the custom coachbuilder’s art from the restoration team, several of whom are McPherson College Graduates.

“We are thrilled to champion the Automotive Restoration Program at McPherson College, and to have Program graduates involved in a restoration project of this magnitude— an exquisite example of the coachbuilt era motorcar,” Paul Russell, a long-time Educational Advisory Board Member of the school, and event host said.

Partner sponsor Mercedes-Benz USA was on hand with a new LeMans Red SLS coupe looking every bit as classy as its 85-year old predecessor, showing the marque truly does withstand the test of time! They joined nearly a dozen other sponsors of the event from the historic, collector and vintage automotive industries, many of whom share a long-time interest and involvement with the McPherson College Automotive Restoration Program.

“We’re proud to provide scholarship opportunities, to join in these fund raisers, and promote the McPherson College Automotive Restoration Program,” Mike Kunz, of Mercedes-Benz Classic Center in Irvine, California and fellow Educational Advisory Board Member at McPherson College said. “We also enjoy the first-hand benefit of employing the graduates of the Program, with one of our youngest employees becoming a specialist on our oldest model—the very car that launched the automotive age— the 1886 Benz Patent Motorwagen!” 

Hagerty Insurance, specialty auto insurers were on-board and on-hand to enjoy the presentation and shop tour. “It is important for all of us to support institutions like McPherson College so future generations learn how to properly restore classic cars. McPherson sets the standard and their graduates can be found at some of the world's leading restoration shops and winning prestigious awards at events around the country,” McKeel Hagerty, President and CEO said.

Panther City Classic Autos, Jay Leno, BASF Glasurit, Gooding & Company, Premier Financial Services, Intercity Lines, Griot’s Garage, Michael Furman Automotive Photographer, and Motorsport Marketing Resources were all key sponsors, helping with everything from donations to in-kind assistance to make the event a success.

The restoration team took attendees through the meticulous processes they used to bring the 1928 Mercedes-Benz up to the exacting Pebble Beach standards. Processes, such as researching and recreating the lizard skin upholstery were accomplished with utmost deliberative care, and over 1500 hours were spent on this endeavor alone! Chris Andrews, son of the vehicle’s owners, Paul and Judy Andrews of Fort Worth, TX, was closely involved in monitoring the progress through the nearly two-year long project, emphasizing the roadworthiness of the finished product, in addition to its Pebble Beach Concours preparation. Their Panther City Classic Autos are also among the event supporters.

“I’m proud to be part of this team,” McPherson Graduate, Stacy Puckett, the Resource Manager at Paul Russell and Company said. “Preserving the history of these important early motorcars so future generations can enjoy and learn from them is a pretty awesome job.”

Amanda Gutierrez, McPherson College vice president for automotive restoration, said they were pleased to have so many restoration alumni involved with the Best of Show winner and appreciate all the efforts of Paul Russell and Company to organize this benefit.

“At McPherson College, we teach students the skills, historical background and global perspective they need to develop into world-class restorers—like those at Paul Russell and Company,” she said. “We are so proud of our alumni success and their passion and professionalism. Our thanks go to Paul Russell for seeing the value of McPherson College.”

To get involved with supporting the McPherson Program contact Gutierrez or visit them online.

For Information Contact: Maria Writesel – (617) 962-6856 or

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About McPherson College
McPherson College, located in central Kansas, is a four-year private liberal arts college offering more than 20 bachelors of arts and pre-professional programs. The college offers a unique four-year program of authentic automotive restoration, the only institution of higher education to offer a bachelor's degree in the craft. The program teaches expertise in hands-on skills, discipline in historical research and the well-rounded life of a liberal arts education. Throughout the curriculum, students are given the “Freedom to Jump”— to explore their ideas, to learn through doing and to make a difference in the world. McPherson College, associated with the Church of the Brethren, is committed to the ideals of scholarship, participation, and service—developing whole persons, prepared for fulfilling life vocations.

About Paul Russell and Company
Paul Russell and Company offers restoration, preservation, maintenance, sales, and brokerage services for the classic European sports, touring, and racing models from the prewar era through the 1960s. Since 1978, Paul’s personal passion has been to honor and preserve the original designers’ construction details and techniques to the extent that the next generation of restorers is able to see the car as it was originally conceived and built. This attention to detail has resulted in over 30 Best of Show honors, plus numerous other awards and recognitions. For more information please visit, or contact Janet Oliver (, 978.768.6919.

About Hagerty
As the global leader in classic car and boat insurance, Hagerty offers specialty insurance for a wide range of collectible vehicles, as well as roadside assistance and a variety of hobby information resources for people who are passionate about classics. Hagerty publishes Hagerty Classic Cars—the largest circulated collector car magazine—and the Hagerty Price Guide—a classic car-focused valuation resource. In addition, the company proactively supports the hobby through the Collector’s Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of the hobby through grants and scholarships to educational institutions (including McPherson College); by founding the Historic Vehicle Association, the North American Affiliate of FIVA; and through Operation Ignite, Hagerty’s youth advocacy program, designed to connect kids with classic cars. Visit: for more information.


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