Gospel Baptist Church’s 15th Annual Cruise-In Car Show is Saturday, July 19. The show is held on the third Saturday of July each year, but what makes this year different is that the event is in memory of Bob Godby, who was a vital part of the show.
Godby, a Galion resident, passed away in April. He and his wife, Terri, had been members of the church for nine years. Bob ran the car show for the last four years, and in his absence, Terri decided to lead the organization effort.
“I felt I needed to pick up the pieces and carry on for him,” she explained. Terri recalled that her husband’s passion was cars. Although he did not have any classics or vintages parked in the garage, Bob especially loved Pontiac GTO’s.
Monty Trammel, head pastor at Gospel Baptist, reflected that Bob was not just a congregation member, but a friend. “I think about him all the time. Bob poured his heart into every aspect of the show and he had so many plans for it. He is really missed,” Trammel commented.
He credited Terri and the organization committee for stepping up their game to ensure the show would go on, adding that it takes a total of about 200 people to make the event possible, from church members to volunteers.
The Cruise-In runs from 2-7 p.m., rain or shine, at Gospel Baptist Church, 5670 State Route 19, Galion. It is open to all models and years of cars, trucks and motorcycles. Trophies and dash plaques will be awarded, in addition to door prizes, goodie bags and a grand prize drawing for a tool chest.
Some of the Godby family is coming from out of town for the event and will help to select a winner for the Bob Godby Memorial Trophy, to be given in his honor.
Donley Ford is sponsoring a fun center, which will have kids games, prizes and giveaways, and the Galion Police and Fire departments are bringing some vehicles out for display as well.
The church’s youth department will be selling food items. Proceeds will help cover the costs for youth in the community to attend the Revolutionary Student Ministry at Camp Chautauqua in Miamisburg. Trammel said that this year alone, 25 local high school students were sent to the camp, and a big part of the cost was picked up by the food sales at last year’s car show.
Also, a bake sale will benefit the church’s Young at Heart ministry for seniors, for the projects and programs they do.
Terri said last year’s event was a huge success with over 1,000 spectators. This year’s goal is to fill the parking lot and make the 15th year a big one. She also said there is going to be a surprise during the show, involving something that Bob wanted. She did not go into any further detail, musing that those in attendance will “know it when they see it.”