LeTourneau University’s Automotive Society is revving up for its 38th Annual Car Show to benefit missions and the auto society shop. The event will take place Saturday, March 22, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, March 23, from noon. to 5 p.m. in the Fairgrounds Exhibition Hall at the Maude Cobb Convention Center, 1123 Jaycee Drive in Longview.
Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students with valid student identification. Children 12 and under get in free.
“Our LETU Automotive Society Car Show is always a very fun time with lots of great cars for car enthusiasts to meet other car lovers in the community” said LETU student Logan Houshmand, coordinator for this year’s Car Show.
This year’s Car Show will feature a range of vehicles from classic muscle cars, race cars, custom restorations and a few new cars mixed in. The car show provides visitors the opportunity to vote for their favorite to win the People’s Choice Award.
The LeTourneau University Automotive Society was founded in 1957 by a group of students who all had two things in common: they loved Jesus, and they loved anything that had a motor and wheels.
This Christ-centered group of student auto enthusiasts receives financial contributions and raises money from the local community to fund its projects and use proceeds to help others.
“We understand the need for missions in our own communities, which is why we continuously keep an eye out for local projects we can be involved in,” Houshmand said. “We also offer oil changes for the young women at LETU and provide open shop days for the guys to use our automotive equipment. The spirit of the Automotive Society is a Do-It-Yourself attitude. We believe we can make a huge impact in our communities and around the world using the gifts that God has given us.”
Houshmand said this year the proceeds will benefit Missionary Tech Team in Longview to help with their Mechanical Services Ministry that provides inexpensive vehicles for missionaries when they return to the United States on furlough. Houshmand said in recent years, the Car Show funds have sent three auto society members to the Democratic Republic of Congo in Africa to successfully complete an engine rebuild on a hospital’s 14-ton Volvo diesel engine.
“In an area where tools, parts, and skill level made it impossible for locals to properly rebuild the truck, we were able to work alongside the Congolese mechanics teaching as we went leaving them the tools for future use,” Houshmand said. He said that when they arrived at the hospital, they discovered a Toyota pickup that needed parts for an engine rebuild.
“Just before we left, we were able to find and purchase all the parts needed to get it running again,” Houshmand said. “About a month later, we received word that the local mechanics had successfully rebuilt the engine, and the hospital was using the truck daily.”