By Kierra Pixler, Managing Editor
Spectators ranging from novices to car aficionados roamed the parking lot of BCYC this past Friday night admiring the cars, trucks and motorcycles. This is the second car show that Belton resident Armando Guzman has put on. The first was in December of last year and the Ground Effects Truckin’ truck club owner teamed up with Arusha’s and collected toys for families in need during the holiday season. With a devout passion for family and cars, Guzman expressed that one of his main goals is to keep his car shows local and family-friendly.
“I just like the idea of Belton having something family-friendly like this happening,” Guzman said. “I bring my daughter out here and when I announced the event on Facebook, I pushed the ‘family-friendly’ theme to it. So far, it’s been great and everyone has been respectful.”
Harker Heights resident and veteran Jose Lugo was there with his 2017 green Camaro. Like many true car enthusiasts, he has a story, and it all started out with a 1977 Dodge Colt. Laughing as he reminisced back to when he taught himself how to drive a stick shift, Lugo’s passion for cars is apparent.
“I’m old school, so as a boy, I used to buy car magazines and cut out the pictures,” Lugo said. “My first car was a 1977 Dodge Colt. I raced it and tried to make it look cool by lowering it to give it a little stance. I didn’t know how to drive a stick when I first bought it. I was self taught. I’d be at a red light, stalled out. I’d keep trying to take off, the car would kept dying and I’m in third gear. All while people behind me were honking. It was embarrassing.”
Guzman says that he has plans to expand his car meets to benefit a charitable cause.
“Later on this year, I would like to put on another car show that would have vendors, food trucks and maybe some music,” Guzman said. “I’m always about helping people. Growing up, there were a lot of kids in my family. My dad was the only one working and he gave everything he had for us. I’ve experienced first hand how much Helping Hands gives to those in Belton and I would love to help out with that.”