Thousands attend 32nd annual UVU Auto Expo


Thousands of auto enthusiasts descended on the UVU campus May 17-18 for the UVU Auto Expo and Swap Meet. This was the 32nd annual expo sponsored by UVU’s Department of Automotive Technology. The crowd was wowed by several hundred display cars which came from several western states.

“This is one of the largest auto shows in the West,” explained Don Wilson, Automotive Technology Department chair. “Where else can you see classic cars, modern hot rods, and custom-made vehicles sitting side by side? The attendees at our show are always thrilled by what they see. And it seems like our show just gets bigger and more popular every year!”

In addition to the amazing lineup of automobiles, fans were treated to an appearance by internationally acclaimed sculptor and artist Stan Wanlass, who spent hours greeting fans and signing autographs. Wanlass also provided the customized artwork for the cover of this year’s expo program.

“To have someone like Stan Wanlass here with our Auto Expo is a real feather in our cap,” said Jeff Holm, Automotive Department professional in residence. “Not only is his artwork highly desirable, but he really is a true gentleman and our attendees loved the chance to talk with him.”

Another highlight of the expo was the UVU “Shock Factor” — an all-electric rock crawler built by UVU automotive students. The Shock Factor drew quite a crowd as it climbed a near-vertical wall of previously demolished cars.

In addition to the Auto Expo, one of the largest swap meets in the state was held simultaneously. Over 100 sellers from the region were offering everything from classic bicycles, to collectibles, to auto parts, and thousands of other items you’d never expect to find.

The night before the auto expo, the Department of Automotive Technology hosted a public barbecue. Food, live music, and free tours were available along with one of Wanlass’s premier sculptures. 

All proceeds from the Auto Expo go directly into the scholarship fund for UVU automotive students. Three of the current scholarship recipients were on hand to personally offer their thanks.