THORNDIKE — On Saturday, April 30, a new tradition may have begun for Mount View High School students and community members — especially those enthusiastic about cars, trucks and motorcycles.

MVHS senior Desmond “Des” Gonzalez, 17, held the first-ever Car Show fundraiser to raise money for the class of 2022’s Project Graduation trip. A double-header baseball and softball game took place while dozens of individuals gathered to help out, raise money and observe the wide array of vehicles on display.

Scene from Mount View High School’s April 30 Car Show. Courtesy of Fran Gonzalez

Hosting his very own car show has been one of Des’s dreams since the sixth grade. A volunteer of the Owls Head Transportation museum, employee of English Auto USA in Searsport and Waldo County Technical Center auto collision student, he is passionate about automotive restoration. He said it was “really satisfying” to see his dream come to fruition.

His favorite part of the event was getting to hang out with friends while raising money for the senior class trip to Orlando, Florida, that will take place in June. “I got to hand out Hot Wheels cars to little kids,” he said. “I like making them smile.”

MVHS senior and spectator Emma McPherson said, “I think it was an incredible opportunity for fundraising.” Student volunteers gathered to help the event run smoothly and to earn community service hours to put toward their 15-hour requirement for graduation.

Senior volunteer Ethan Bodiford said he appreciated every donation to the senior trip, while juniors Kassydi Gotham and Mabel Glick agreed. “It was a lot of fun,” Glick said, while Gotham added she enjoyed “helping the community.”

Pat Holt poses with his dog Ilsa and Best Foreign Car winning MG. Courtesy of Pat Holt

Six awards were given out at the Car Show, with trophies Des made. Scott Kunesh of Liberty won the Best in Show prize with his 1967 Chevrolet El Camino. The Best Truck prize went to April Keyes of Benton and her 2004 Subaru Baja. Augusta resident Kevin Berry won Best Motorcycle with his 2016 Indian Chief. Lin and Karen Doughty of Knox received the Best American Car prize for their 1956 Mercury Montclair. Skowhegan resident Pat Holt won Best Foreign Car with his 1953 MG TD. The prize for Best Student-Owned Car went to MVHS senior Miles Littlefield of Waldo and his 1994 Mitsubishi Expo.

Trophies handmade by Des Gonzalez to be presented to winners. Courtesy of Hauns Bassett

Also in attendance was the Waterville car group Gunmetal Studios. April Keyes, who won Best Truck, is an administrator of the group. A member of the group for three years, she said the organization’s prerogative is to “get people more involved in the car community.”

Keyes said that since there are “a lot of bad things,” the hope is to “get people involved in things that are good for society.” Des Gonzalez received an invitation to join the club, which he accepted.

Maine Masons pitched in, selling pies to support Mount View’s Project Graduation. Photo by Cali Warren

A concession stand provided baked goods and food to raise funds for the Project Graduation trip. Maine Masons representing the Maine Masonic Charitable Foundation sold pies as part of their fundraising grant. Members of the Order of the Eastern Star lodge, the Grand Lodge, and Unity Lodge 58 are hoping to raise $4,500 in total for Project Graduation.

In total, the event was a success, raising about $650 solely from show admissions, while a total of $1,773 was raised for the Project Graduation account. In a Facebook post, Des thanked the community for helping “make this dream a reality.”