28th Annual Auto Expo

Utah Valley University's Automotive Technology Department has just wrapped up the 28th annual Auto Expo & Swap Meet. Besides being a great event for car enthusiasts, families, and even casual observers, the expo is the largest fundraiser of the year for the University's automotive technology department, funding multiple student scholarships.

Live band at auto expo

The event kicked off on Friday, May 15, with a classic car cruise through Utah County, ending at UVU's campus for a barbecue and live entertainment. The swap meet and car show took place at Thanksgiving Point all day Saturday, the 16th, complete with more live entertainment, nearly 700 classic cars on display, numerous awards, and even a community giveaway courtesy of our own students!

Jennilyn's new vehicle

For years Jennilyn Jessop has driven a beat-up, worn-out van that mechanics said wasn't even worth putting any more money into. Unfortunately, Jessop, a single mother of six and full-time student at Utah Valley University, didn't have any choice—until now. She was selected to receive a van fully refurbished by the students in the automotive technology department.

Jennilyn in her new van

Jessop was ecstatic to receive the van, stating, "This is huge for me. I'm trying to get my degree as soon as possible so I'm in a better position to take care of my kids. Now I won't have to be late for class or even miss class. I can get my children to where they need to go. It's just awesome." For many students, this is their favorite part of the Auto Expo, as it gives them a chance to give back to the community.

The Auto Expo started as a relatively small car show on UVU's campus and has grown exponentially over the past several years. The event now boasts a dedicated following from all over the western United States and continues to grow in both displayed vehicles and spectators.

Classic car on display at auto expo

"We are so grateful for the show's supporters and continued contributions for our students, including cars, parts, equipment, and internships from community partners," said Jenna Boltz, assistant director of corporate engagement at UVU. "Friends of Utah Valley University make such an impact in changing the lives of our students with their donations, which is what this event is all about."

UVU's automotive technology department is already underway with planning for the 29th annual Auto Expo, slated to take place May 20 and 21 of 2016.