Fri, Mar 8 2013
LeTourneau University’s Automotive Society is revving up for its 37th Annual Car Show to benefit missions and the auto society shop. The event will take place Saturday, March 23, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, March 24, from noon. to 5 p.m. in the Exhibit Building at the Maude Cobb Convention Center, 100 Grand Blvd. in Longview.
Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students with valid student identification. Children 12 and under get in free.
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.
“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 we will donate proceeds from the Car Show to help a missionary family working with Africa Inland Mission to purchase a car for them to use as they witness to the Mbororo tribe,” Houshmand said.
“We also 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 that last year, the Car Show funds 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.”
The LeTourneau University Automotive Society is a Christ-centered group of student auto enthusiasts with an auto shop on campus. The LETU Auto Society receives financial contributions and raises money from the local community to fund its projects and then use the proceeds to help others.