MCPHERSON, Kan. — McPherson College announced that legendary television host and comedian Jay Leno would narrate “The Path to Pebble,” a documentary that tells the incredible story of McPherson College’s decade-long journey to compete at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, the most prestigious car show in the world culminating in a historic podium finish in August 2023.
"Really, the vision was all about elevating the level of work in and out of the classroom with these students to more of a Concours level," said McPherson College President Michael Schneider. "What it turned into was this passionate drive to restore a car and get it on the field at Pebble Beach."
The 28-minute documentary will premiere at a special invitation-only event in Wichita on February 15 at Mark Arts. A special “sneak peek” for the public will take place in McPherson on February 13 at 7 p.m. at the McPherson Opera House. Admission is free with a ticket that can be obtained on the McPherson Opera House website.
"Our car did appear in the field at Pebble Beach," Schneider said. "We got second in the post-war luxury class. When you look back at this story, I can't imagine that there's a better story in higher education right now, with all the interesting news about colleges struggling or going under."
In 1997, Jay Leno established the Fred S. Dusenberg Scholarship and the Jay Leno Popular Mechanics Scholarship, which provide financial assistance to students interested in studying classic automotive restoration.