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Saturday, June 23, 2018

WCC Students Building Custom Car for Charity Raffle

Want a chance to win one of the most popular cars in movie history? Then get your tickets now for a charity raffle of a car that WCC’s Custom Cars & Concepts program is building.

WCC students are building a “clone” of the 1967 Shelby GT 500 codenamed Eleanor from the movie “Gone in 60 Seconds,” which starred Nicholas Cage and Angelina Jolie. WCSX, the popular classic rock radio station, chose WCC’s program to build the car for its annual The Dream Machine charity giveaway.

Raffle tickets cost $15, and only 10,000 will be sold. All proceeds will go to the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan and the Salvation Army’s Staples Family Center. The raffle drawing will take place at the WCC Cars and Bikes on Campus Show on Sunday, Oct. 4.

Complicated, high-end builds are nothing new for the students and instructors in WCC’s Custom Cars & Concepts program. But never has a custom car project been as visible as the “Eleanor” clone. Gary Sobbry, department chair of the program, is excited about the attention the project will bring. “Our reputation for high-end custom builds is solid in the custom car industry, but the collaboration with WCSX radio will take our name recognition to a whole new realm,” he said. “When we take ‘Eleanor’ out, people will see the caliber of car our program delivers.”

WCC’s students are building the car from a new body shell with custom body modifications throughout and the goodies that made the movie car so iconic. The Mustang has all the fender flares, side scoops, front and rear spoilers, custom lighting, and performance-enhancing styling cues that have inspired legions of rabid fans. This will be a beauty inside and out, with a new interior embellished in the style familiar to gear-heads and movie buffs alike.

Ground-pounding performance is a necessity in a vehicle like the WCC-WCSX Mustang, and a Ford high-performance drive train will power this beast. Washtenaw’s students will provide the flawless bodywork and mirror-like paint that have become their trademarks in the custom car world.

If you think a bunch of students couldn’t possibly recreate a perfect “Eleanor,” think again. The CCC program has completed numerous high-profile projects. Its most recent build, a 1964 Chevrolet Impala 409 convertible SS built for baseball great Ken Griffey Jr., was featured on Ridler Row at the 2009 Detroit Autorama. Another CCC creation that won its class at Autorama is a 1951 Ford F-1 pickup sponsored by the Make-A-Wish Foundation that boasts a chopped top and innumerable custom body modifications. CCC is the only educational program invited to display at the Specialty Equipment Market Association show. And the program has been a go-to choice for Ford, GM, and Chrysler when they have a complicated build.

“When we decided to build a car from the ground up for this year’s The Dream Machine raffle, we looked for an organization that had a reputation for high-end creative builds who had a proven track record of delivering on time,” said Ken Wasilewski, director of event marketing at WCSX and Greater Media Detroit. “The fact that students can use this as a learning experience makes it even better as far as WCSX radio is concerned. This will be a fun project, and someone will drive away with a kick-ass car.”

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