"This is just great," he said. "I still can't quite believe it."
Weidner said he always buys at least one ticket for the hot rod, but this year he bought two during the car show in Grand Island. Although he was not on hand when his ticket was drawn, he did happen to be in North Platte for a tennis tournament at Cody Park when his name was announced.
"I thought it was somebody pulling my leg," Weidner said of his reaction when he received a phone call on Sept. 8 from MPCC President Ryan Purdy. When he was assured that he was indeed the winner, he hurried over to the car show in downtown North Platte. Although Weidner was confirmed as the winner of the car at that time, there was a waiting period while college administrators took care of details and transferred the title to his name.
"It's been kind of hard waiting," he said. "Everybody at home wants to see it."
Weidner's wife, Colleen, saw the car for the first time on Friday when the couple came to pick it up.
"I love the color (Synergy green)," she said. "It's even brighter than I'd imagined!"
Weidner said his plans for this car are the same as what he does with his other classic Chevy.
"We cruise around the country and go to hot rod shows," he said with a smile.
According to Purdy, the college sold 5,800 tickets for this year's raffle. For more information on MPCC's Autobody and Automotive Technology programs, contact Bryan Herrick at (308) 535-3644 or log on to www.mpcc.edu.