Fri, Feb 26 2010
LeTourneau University’s Automotive Society is gearing up for it’s 34 th annual Car Show to benefit missions. The event will take place Saturday, March 6, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, March 7, from noon to 5 p.m. in the Exhibit Building at the Maude Cobb Convention Center, 100 Grand Blvd. in Longview. Admission is $5 per person. Proceeds benefit missions.
This year’s show will feature classic cars and trucks, muscle cars, late models, race cars, even rods and customs. The entries for the car show come from various owners in the greater East Texas area.
“Car show is a great way for Auto Society members to share what they love with the community,” said an Auto Society member James Wolfe IV. “The proceeds of the car show help bring positive change to the world”
The LeTourneau University Automotive Society is a Christ centered group of student auto enthusiasts with an auto shop on campus. This time one year ago, the Society decided to combine their passion, skills, and faith by building a fully off-road capable Toyota FJ60 Land Cruiser for Ben and Natalie Colby, who are full time missionaries in Liberia, Africa. Liberia is one of the wettest places on earth, with average yearly rainfall in excess of 100 inches. Trekking this terrain is very difficult without proper transportation. Auto Society has raised over $20,000 worth of parts and financial contributions from the local community to fund the Land Cruiser project. Just a few of the many enhancements made to the vehicle to make it useful for the Colby’s include large mud tires, heavy duty suspension, and waterproofing the engine with a snorkel. Auto Society has brainstormed to build a vehicle with these enhancements to make it “Liberia proof” allowing the Colby family to further their work in remote Africa.
The Land Cruiser project was jump-started by the proceeds from last year’s 33 rd Annual Car Show, the missionary Land Cruiser will be seen at this year’s car show on March 6 and 7 before being shipped off to Liberia.
“By having the missionary Land Cruiser at the show, we hope to show the community how their donations at the car show can truly bring positive change to the world.” Said David Ayers, an Auto Society member who is organizing this year’s car show.