Elijah Toledo participates in a watermelon eating contest on Saturday at the fourth annual Sycamore Park Community Center Car Show and Craft Fair at the
Elijah Toledo participates in a watermelon eating contest on Saturday at the fourth annual Sycamore Park Community Center Car Show and Craft Fair at the Farmington community center. (Jon Austria — The Daily Times)

FARMINGTON — Four years ago, Albert Montoya, who lives near Sycamore Park Community Center, teamed up with the center to put on the first Car Show and Craft Fair.

"That's my passion — to work on cars and mess with cars," he said, explaining he wanted to combine his passion with making the neighborhood better.

The fourth annual Car Show and Craft Fair on Saturday at the center featured 78 cars. The money raised during the event benefits the Sycamore Park Community Center programs and activities.

Montoya's 1966 Pontiac GTO Clone was among the cars in the show.

"My brother had one when he was in high school, and I've always wanted one," Montoya said.

Six years ago, he found the car for sale in the area and bought it.

Tyrone Saiz wipes down his 1978 Buick Regal on Saturday as his girlfriend, Ashley Yazzie, looks on during the annual Sycamore Park Community Center Car
Tyrone Saiz wipes down his 1978 Buick Regal on Saturday as his girlfriend, Ashley Yazzie, looks on during the annual Sycamore Park Community Center Car Show and Craft Fair at the community center in Farmington. (Jon Austria — The Daily Times)

Natalie Spruell, the director of the community center, said the car show is one of the center's favorite events.

"We get a lot of kids from the center who come out for it," she said.

Spruell also enjoys looking at the cars. Each year, she chooses her favorite and gives the owner an award.

This year, Spruell chose a red and white 1971 Oldsmobile 442, owned by Bob and Yvonne Fuller.

"I like classic cars, and it's just a sweet car," she said. "There's a lot of time and effort that went into it."

The car, which has won Best of Show at Sycamore Park Community Center in the past, once again took home the title.

Bob Fuller saw the car for sale in Virginia. He liked it, he said, because it was unique. In 1971, only 1,350 convertible 442s were built, and now Oldsmobile no longer exists.

Since he purchased the vehicle, Bob Fuller has spent more than $25,000 in repairs and changes to the car, which still has its original motor. He replaced the fenders, as well as the wheel housings, and he painted it.

Bob Fuller said the car is currently estimated to be worth more than $70,000.

The Fullers took the car to the Rat Fink Reunion in Manti, Utah, last weekend.

"It drove like a dream," Bob Fuller said. "I's like driving a sports car in a big car."

The hood ornament of Billy Smith’s 1933 Chevrolet is seen on Saturday during the annual Sycamore Park Community Center Car Show and Craft Fair at the
The hood ornament of Billy Smith's 1933 Chevrolet is seen on Saturday during the annual Sycamore Park Community Center Car Show and Craft Fair at the community center in Farmington. (Jon Austria — The Daily Times)

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