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2nd Annual Evangel University Car Show & Cruise, Oct. 5

Published on Sep 30, 2019 by Paul K. Logsdon


EU graduate Bret Chrismer ’88 brought his flamed ’40 Ford. // PHOTO BY Carl Davis

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. –  Back by popular demand, the 2nd Annual Evangel University Car Show & Cruise will be a part of the school’s Homecoming festivities on Saturday morning, Oct. 5, from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Admission for the viewing public is free.

Presenting sponsors are CoxHealth and CPO Christian Bookstore.

Registration is open to everyone with an interesting car, truck or motorcycle — including classics, muscle cars, exotics, customs, hot rods, rat rods and barn finds.

Registration for participants is $30 and includes coffee & pastries, a goodie bag, prize drawings, a four-color event T-shirt (with advanced registration), and for the end of the Cruise, two tickets to Evangel’s Homecoming Football Game.

“The intent of the car show is to raise scholarship funds to help students at Evangel experience a first-class education,” said Hector Cruz, director of alumni engagement. “We are excited to connect alumni from near and far with our local community in this fun and unique way.”


A row of classic Firebirds in front of the EU Library. // PHOTO BY Katrina Phillips

Our cars were meant to be driven!

“We were very pleased with the response last year and should have even more variety this year,” said Paul K. Logsdon, director of public relations for Evangel. “I know we have registered vehicles ranging from a flamed ’40 Ford hot rod to a fairly new Lamborghini.”

  • The car show takes place from 8-11:30 a.m., with vehicles displayed in front of the Evangel campus, facing 1111 N. Glenstone Ave. The awards will be presented prior to the cruise.
  • The cruise runs from 11:30-12:30 p.m. — participants will drive together through the countryside starting east of Springfield on old Route 66 (Division) and then south to Ozark.
Lining up for the cruise — east on old Route 66, then south to the Homecoming football game on beautiful country roads. // PHOTO BY Matt Hufman

All Car Show & Cruise entrants receive special parking at Ozark High School and two tickets to the Homecoming game. Individual photos will be taken as a memento of the day.

“Many of our alumni have fond memories as students of cruising Kearney, the Steak ’n Shake car shows, and taking dates for a drive to Fellows Lake,” Logsdon added. “This is one more way to revive those good memories.”

Advance registration is encouraged:


Cruisers received a high rez photo taken on the old bridge in Ozark last year. // PHOTO BY Woodie Moore

Homecoming 2019

Evangel is hosting a wide array of events for the 2019 Homecoming weekend, culminating with the Homecoming Banquet on Saturday evening, Oct. 5.

The featured speaker is Evangel graduate and retired Admiral Vern Clark, who was serving in the Pentagon on 9/11 as Chief of Naval Operations for the U.S. Navy.

More than 700 alumni and friends are expected to register for Homecoming this year according to Cruz.

Evangel University, with the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary (AGTS), is a comprehensive Christian university committed to excellence in educating and equipping students to serve the church and society globally. Evangel and AGTS serve 2,300 students from all 50 states and numerous foreign countries, offering 65 undergraduate majors and 19 master’s and doctoral degrees.


And there will again be reserved parking at Ozark H.S. for those who cruise and stay for the Homecoming football game. // PHOTO BY Paul K. Logsdon