On February 20, the Goodyear Arizona Stake held its third annual community car show, welcoming stake members, curious community members and car enthusiasts from across the Valley.
Last year, 85 vehicles were on display. This year, 185 filled the parking lot of the stake center on Estrella Boulevard in Goodyear—everything from souped-up hotrods to classic cars and trucks in all different makes and models—all against a background of ‘50’s and ‘60’s rock and roll music and free hamburgers and hot dogs.
“We’re excited about the way this has grown,” says Goodyear Stake president John Hayes.
He explains the event began in 2014 after the zone leaders in the Phoenix Mission issued a challenge to come up with ideas that would encourage nonmembers to visit a church building.
“In one of our monthly meetings, the zone leaders challenged me to think outside the box, to try to find ways to get people involved,” says President Hayes. “One of my counselors mentioned having a community car show and we ran with the idea.”
Brent Ruddy of the Sarival Ward, who was the DJ at this year’s event, was one of several who was instrumental in helping to spread the word and generate interest in the event from the beginning.
“He would go out to other car shows in the area and invite people to come to our show,” says President Hayes.
Another stake member who helped from the beginning was Ron Jarrell of the La Loma Ward, a founding member of the Cold Water Fat Boys Car Club. This year, the stake named the event the Ron Jarrell and Dub Boyles Memorial Car Show to honor Ron and his cousin Dub of Buckeye, who both passed away January 31. The goodwill Ron created among other car enthusiasts was evident both at his funeral and at the car show, where his wife Charlotte and family members showed Ron and Dub’s cars and trucks again this year.
Nick Fuller of the Dreaming Summit Ward, the high counselor over this year’s event, says, “President Hayes told us, ‘If you feel you don’t know how to do missionary work, just come to the car show.’”
He says the event is designed to be non-threatening and fun, while providing a way for community members to become acquainted with members of the Church and to learn more, should they choose.
Missionaries served the food and were on hand to give tours of the building and to answer any questions. At a small table, Books of Mormon were offered free for the taking.
“We had 57 people take Books of Mormon last year,” says President Hayes.
Attendees also could visit the Family History booth, manned by ward family history consultants, where they could quickly do some research into their ancestry.
It was estimated that more than 1,500 people attended this year’s show.
“It’s just a great way to get people out of their homes to have fun and to bring the community together,” Brother Fuller says.