Big Guy's car wash opens in Jasper

By NICOLE SMITH, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 1/6/17

Since Big Guy’s Express Car Wash in Jasper opened late last year, it has continued to be popular with locals who not only want their car to shine, but want to support the business of their late friend.

“It was going to …

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Big Guy's car wash opens in Jasper

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Since Big Guy’s Express Car Wash in Jasper opened late last year, it has continued to be popular with locals who not only want their car to shine, but want to support the business of their late friend.

“It was going to be his,” Jeff Guthrie said, while taking a short break in the offices of the car wash along Viking Drive. “Together, we picked everything out.”

Guthrie reminisced about his son, Lyle Guthrie, who always wanted to open a car wash in Jasper. Before Lyle’s passing on Sept. 20, 2016, they had broke ground on the car wash, named after the “Big Guy” himself.

“That’s why it’s called Big Guy’s. That was his nickname, and he had a big heart to go with it,” Big Guy’s car wash manager Karen Jones said.

Jeff and Lyle spent many years conceptualizing the car wash, which offers a number of customer perks.

Four washes, ranging from $7 to $20, are available for guests at the car wash, and after each wash, customers are encouraged to vacuum their vehicle’s interior for free, and to take advantage of the free car mat cleaning service.

For $5, people may purchase a towel to further clean their exterior and interior windows, as well as other automotive surfaces. Jeff Guthrie says the towel is washed in three solutions and then kept in a moisture controlled environment to ensure maximum cleaning.

Unlimited wash packages for $29.95 or $19.95 per month can also be purchased. Guthrie said that has been their most popular service, as they have already sold 200 package deals.

The car wash also offers a fleet program.

At Big Guy’s, they are persistant in giving back to the community. For each $20 car wash purchased, $3 will be donated to school programs in Walker County. In addition, police cars are washed for free at Big Guy’s.

“Lyle was big on helping people, so we want to help the schools the best way we can,” Guthrie said. “We’re hometown owned. We’re going to keep the money in Walker County.”

Jones added, “Anybody that knew Lyle liked him. He was a good kid, he really was, and that’s what we’re trying to portray here. We’re trying to live his legacy out, because this was his dream and Jeff’s.”

Cory Franks, a friend of Lyle’s, recently visited the car wash for the first time, and he said Lyle would have loved to see how successful the business has been.

“To see him work so hard over the period of time that he did to get the car wash going, and all the sacrifices that he made...to finally see it finished, he would be ecstatic,” Franks said. “Going to the car wash for the first time was definitely an emotional experience, but at the same time, it was something that made me smile, to see that he had a hand in it. To be able to continue to support something that was a dream of his, it made me feel really good.”

“If you have somebody that you’ve lost, and people remember the good, that means that he did something right,” Jones said of Lyle. “He was a good person. I can see his smile right now. That’s the one thing I remember the most about Lyle, he was always smiling, always.”

Big Guy’s is located next to Mr. Sub’s on Viking Drive, and is open Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

As customers enter the car wash, they can see a framed, red shirt in honor of Lyle, labeled “Big Guy.”

Jeff Guthrie said their number one goal is to give back to the community, as his son would have. He tearfully watched as customers drove into the car wash on Thursday morning. “He would be so proud,” he said.