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Student-restored vehicle revered at high-profile venue


Pat Swigart rides in a 1947 Tucker prototype restored at Penn College ...
Pat Swigart rides in a 1947 Tucker prototype restored at Penn College …
... and joins her cherished campus partners after accepting an award in Hershey. With Swigart (from left) are automotive restoration students Adam J. Davis, of Doylestown, and Joshua E. Marr, of Shickshinny; and Robert K. Vlacich, assistant professor of automotive service.
… and joins her cherished campus partners after accepting an award in Hershey. With Swigart (from left) are automotive restoration students Adam J. Davis, of Doylestown, and Joshua E. Marr, of Shickshinny; and Robert K. Vlacich, assistant professor of automotive service.

Penn College students lent a practiced hand to the preservation of the “Tin Goose,” a 1947 precursor to the historically significant Tucker automobile, which was named “Best Post-War Vehicle” at this past weekend’s Concours d’Elegance in Hershey. The car is owned by the William E. Swigart Jr. Automobile Museum in Huntingdon and was entrusted to automotive restoration technology students by Pat Swigart – a gracious and grateful supporter of their work since soon after the major debuted in 2012. “Penn College is so happy to be able to work with her collection and thank her for her dedication to us,” the Classic Cruisers club said in a social media post. “The students who restored her car worked very hard … with this amazing historical vehicle. Thank you again to Ms. Swigart for her dedication and support of us.” Joined by faculty members Roy H. Klinger and Robert K. Vlacich, the group also assisted in vehicle repairs for several drivers in the Grand Ascent hill climb for vintage automobiles.
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Ed Thompson,

If you have never been to the Swigart Museum and have a interest in automotive history, you owe yourself the favor of pulling over from Route 22 down by Huntingdon and going into what looks like a very small building and discovering one of the best collections of automobilia artifacts and amazing vehicles under one roof anywhere this side of the Mississippi River! You have to see it to believe what all is inside that innocuous-looking building that, from the outside, seems impossible to be holding the treasures you will find inside. And if you have the fortunate luck to stop on a day the owners are “testing” their charges, you just might be treated to a ride in something you may have never even heard of! Great job on your work, on this beautiful automobile, everyone. Anyone who knows the college should not be surprised by this accomplishment. Another feather in the school’s history. Keep up the good work.

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