Minden Man Wins NPCC Raffle Pickup

Minden Man Wins NPCC Raffle Pickup
Ronda and Dondi Shearer, of Minden, sit inside the 2021 North Platte Community College raffle pickup Saturday during Colonel Cody’s Cruise Show and Shine in North Platte. The Shearers won the vehicle, a 1955 Chevy stepside short box.

NORTH PLATTE–Dondi Shearer is the winner of the 2021 North Platte Community College raffle pickup.

The Minden man purchased two tickets – one for him and one for his wife, Ronda, – for the burnt orange 1955 Chevy stepside short box during the Cruise Nite Show and Shine in Kearney in July.

Dondi’s ticket was drawn during the annual Colonel Cody’s Cruise Show and Shine in Memorial Park in North Platte on Saturday. He was present for the announcement.

“I can tell you I’ve never won anything in my life,” Shearer said. “This is the best. We’re never going to sell it.”

The Chevy is the 16th raffle vehicle produced by the college’s Transportation Division. It was restored by students in the Automotive Technology and Auto Body Technology programs.

A total of 8,533 tickets were sold for the pickup. 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.

Pickup highlights:

The Chevy is the 16th raffle vehicle produced by the college’s Transportation Division. It was restored by students in the Automotive Technology and Auto Body Technology programs.

The students disassembled it – essentially reducing it down to a shell. They then sandblasted the body and frame to bare metal.

From there, they embarked on the long and challenging process of transforming the vehicle into a work of art. The project required them to study and merge traditional and modern engineering and technology and provided them with real-world experience.

The pickup features a 6.0-liter V8 engine, 4L80E performance transmission, four-wheel disc brakes, power steering, air conditioning, cruise control and custom bed.

The pickup has been touring the state throughout the summer, making appearances at car shows, parades and cruise night events.

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