TUCSON, Ariz. - After skipping 2020 and 2021 due to health and safety protocols, Truly Nolen proceeded with its 4th annual Community Car Show on Nov. 12, at their Corporate Leadership and Training Center (432 S. Williams Blvd., Tucson, Ariz.) and a record crowd of more than 1,000 people attended.
This year’s car show featured local Tucson Car Club entries side-by-side with classics from the Truly Nolen Antique Car Collection including the late Mr. Nolen’s favorite classic, his 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible which he drove to work every day when he lived in Naples, Fla.
One key partnership for this year's car show was for Tucson residents to “Stuff the Mouse Limo” on behalf of the late Ramon Gonzales and his charity "Miracle on 31st Street”. Established in 1970 by Gonzales, Miracle on 31st Street is a holiday celebration for children who live in Tucson’s most disadvantaged neighborhoods.
As a way to honor Ramon’s legacy and to help his son Manuel keep the tradition alive following his father’s untimely passing in 2020 from COVID-19, spectators were encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy to the event. Approximately 300 toys were collected, and these toys will be used for this year's Miracle on 31st Street Holiday Toy Drive in December.
This year’s show again featured trophies as selected by Truly Nolen team members, car club members, and general attendees in addition to Best in Show. There were multiple food trucks on-site for visitors looking to eat, a community corner in the courtyard featuring multiple non-profit organizations, a Kid’s Corner full of activities, and a recruiting booth for future team members.