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Classic Vehicles, Curiosity Bring Chevy Club to Campus

The group peeks inside the Duesenberg, on loan from the William E. Swigart Jr. Automobile Museum in Huntingdon for light service work and detailing.
The group peeks inside the Duesenberg, on loan from the William E. Swigart Jr. Automobile Museum in Huntingdon for light service work and detailing.
Club member Dave Cavagnaro discusses his four-door 1962 Chevrolet Impala sedan with a student.
Club member Dave Cavagnaro discusses his four-door 1962 Chevrolet Impala sedan with a student.
Justin W. Beishline (background) and Walter V. Gower, assistant deans of transportation and natural resources technologies, keep the chow line moving.
Justin W. Beishline (background) and Walter V. Gower, assistant deans of transportation and natural resources technologies, keep the chow line moving.
Collision repair instructor Roy H. Klinger (far left) talks about the diagnostic work being performed on the Packard to assess whether a full restoration is warranted.
Collision repair instructor Roy H. Klinger (far left) talks about the diagnostic work being performed on the Packard to assess whether a full restoration is warranted.
Sean M. Hunter, an applied management major from Livington, New Jersey, shows off a work-in-progress in the paint lab: a 1935 Rolls-Royce 20/25 Saloon.
Sean M. Hunter, an applied management major from Livington, New Jersey, shows off a work-in-progress in the paint lab: a 1935 Rolls-Royce 20/25 Saloon.

More than 20 members of the Vintage Chevrolet Club of America Inc. traveled to Penn College in a dozen cars Friday, enjoying a tour of several laboratories in the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies and meeting with students  – both instructionally and informally. Of particular interest was the automotive restoration lab, where the visitors saw the caliber of the museum pieces and collectibles entrusted to students: a 1929 Duesenberg, a 1947 Packard and a 1932 Buick, among them. Dave Cavagnaro, of Blairstown, New Jersey, who was taken by the students’ demeanor when he met them at Charlotte and Philadelphia, said he continued to be “superimpressed” after seeing them on campus. The members’ cars, combined with a display of student- and faculty-owned vehicles, coincided with a fall tradition: a hot dog roast with the school administration at the grill.