CASA GRANDE — “You can love Jesus and still have a cool car” is the message of CrossRoads Church’s second Thunderfest custom car and bike show, set for Saturday, Nov. 7. The show runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the church, 3151 N. Piper Ave.

During the event, more than 100 cars and bikes will vie for cash and bragging rights as Best in Show, People’s Choice and Best Bike.

“This is a giant evangelistic event like we like to do at CrossRoads Church,” said Allan Miller, church administrator. “We will have a band (The Midnight Confessions) playing, food from the New Fire Cafe and a lot of great cars.”

The event is free for spectators to attend. There is a fee for those who wish to display a vehicle or take part in the competitive show.

Cars will be set up throughout the church parking lot. Bikes and vendors will be near the church’s new Charlie’s House therapeutic center for autistic children.

Vehicles will compete in the categories of:

  • low rider custom
  • street rod
  • hot rod
  • custom truck
  • high-performance import
  • modern high performance
  • muscle car
  • custom bike

The Best in Show winner will take home a $2,000 prize. The prize for People’s Choice is $1,000 and the prize for Best Bike is $500.

In coordination with Sons of Thunder Motor Club, CrossRoads Church debuted its Thunderfest car show in 2019 with a goal of becoming known as “the hot rod church,” with events that bring together God and car enthusiasts.

“We want to build a show that’s so well known it brings in cars that have never been seen before in Casa Grande,” CrossRoads Pastor Tim Hill said in 2019. “We want it to be a show like you’d see in LA.”


Melissa St. Aude is the Arts & Entertainment editor at PinalCentral. She can be reached at

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