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Carfest gifts 13 free cars to attendees

Community unites to invest in the community and the future of the auto industry.

SAN ANTONIO — “Unity in the Community” was the theme of this year’s Carfest, which decked out the Freeman Coliseum Expo Hall wall-to-wall with souped-up cars dating back as far as 1903 and interactive fun for the whole family. 

Since 2015, Carfest has made its mark as one of the most generous car shows in the city. For founder Mark Colaw the mission is simple. 

“There’s three things that we do,” he said. “We help the needy by fixing cars. We do over $100,000 worth of car repairs. The second thing is, we’re putting money into education of our youth and our trade. The third thing is, we’re giving a car away every two hours to the general public—not the needy, not the youth, but the general public.”

Thirteen cars were on the floor for the giveaway. To win, guests 18 years of age and older were simply required to show up, register and listen for their names in the live drawings scheduled throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday.

Nearly 400 volunteers put their hands to the plow with community partners to provide hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of vehicles and services. Colaw said it’s all about giving back to the community and investing into the future of the automotive industry.

Kids cruised around the mini-track in electric cars and feasted on popcorn while watching Disney movies on an inflatable screen. Meanwhile, their parents peaked under the hoods of classics parked in the expo hall. 

The New Driver program caught the eye of the teenagers, and nearly 100 signed up to learn the basics of vehicle maintenance and a few lessons in safe driving. 

The Distracted Driver simulation provided a virtual reality close-up of car accidents caused by distracted driving. Teens that participated in the program were entered for a chance to win one of the 13 cars. Outdoor activities included food trucks, a BBQ cook-off, a drive-in movie experience and live music. 

For more information about Carfest, click here, and make sure to follow @carfestsa on social media.

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