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Jun 9, 2012 10:37 PM by Tara Oster - MTN News

Car show benefits local non profit

MISSOULA- Hundreds of vintage cars peppered Missoula streets Saturday on their way to the 5th annual Montana Benefit Car Show.

More than 250 cars filled the parking lot of Karl Tyler Chevrolet to raise money for Montana Auto Technologies and a few other charity organizations including the Montana Food Bank Network.

Some brief rain didn't keep car fanatics away and some lucky people even walked away with various raffle prizes.

Each year Karl Tyler chooses a different non profit to showcase and Montana Auto Tech instructors said they were thrilled with the community support.

The M.A.T. students brought a 1974 Datson 260 they've been working on since the school year started.

"We started on this Z car at the beginning of the year at the start of power tech. It had already been stripped and we started working on body work and got the motor running," said M.A.T. student Garon Knudson.

"People can't believe it's the same car. We had a lot of kids spending late evenings down at our facility getting it ready for the show. They'll be racing it in September when the fall school semester starts," said Alan Alt, President and CEO of Montana Auto Technologies.

A 1976 4-wheel drive GMC pickup was also rebuilt by the students at Montana Auto Tech.

Raffle tickets for the truck can be purchased by calling 406.370.4365 until the drawing on September 29th at Caras Park.

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