Back from the dead: OCC car show being revived by new/old organizers
The first annual Old Colorado City Customs & Classics Car Show is scheduled Sunday, Aug. 20.
According to lead organizer Ace Conley, a classic-car owner and head of the Ace Entertainment promotion company, the event will be almost identical to the Good Times Car Show, whose organizers announced the end to its 25-year run after the August 2016 event.
“We're doing it exactly the same way, but trying to make it better,” he summarized. “We want to work with the Old Colorado City merchants to help us promote it.”
Conley knows that his group will be dealing with the same city-required police costs whose steep increases in recent years had discouraged Good Times. Much of that show's expense had been covered by entry fees paid by the people who showed their cars - a practice that Customs & Classics will continue. However, making up the difference had required “donations and begging,” Good Times lead organizer Kathy Quatkemeyer commented in a 2016 interview with the Westside Pioneer .
Conley is confident that he can handle such costs by lining up major business sponsors. Through his promotion company, he's already gained the sponsorship of the prominent Norwood development company, he said, and “we're looking for more.”
News of a car show comeback will delight locals who attended Good Times over the years. Like the former event, the new one is planned as free and open to the
The number of people strolling through Good Times each year was typically estimated at 3,000 or more.
“People in Old Colorado City were really bummed about it leaving,” Conley said. “That was part of my inspiration to bring it back.”
Easing the changeover, two of the four car clubs that planned Good Times are still involved. They're the Rocky Mountain Mustangers and the Southern Colorado Mopar Club. New to the consortium are the Southern Colorado Jaguar Club, the Southern Colorado Chevelle Club and the Hotrod Association.
Beyond that, Quatkemeyer “gave her blessing, and is helping me out with the transition,” Conley said.
The only request from the previous group was that “they wanted me to change the name and retire 'Good Times Car Show,'” he noted. Thus was born the new name, Customs & Classics Car Show.
Conley himself is a member of the Mopar Club and his wife is in the Mustangers group. He had volunteered in Good Times shows - judging, parking cars and even picking up trash. “The car show is something I really love to do,” he said.
His attraction to motor vehicles dates back to when he was 4 years old and his father drove a 1962 Cadillac. Conley said he currently owns 12 cars in all, among them five “classics” that include a '62 Caddy of his own.
His promotional background started in Detroit, where he had lived until nine years ago. “I did car shows there, and I'll try to bring that experience here,” Conley said.
Career-wise, organizing events is more of a sideline for Conley. He said his main business is Ace Dental Technology, which makes dentures and partials.
Another carryover from the old show to the new will be the charity aspect, which was the car clubs' original reason for starting Good Times. The traditional recipient has been Canine Companions for Independence, a nonprofit that trains dogs to help disabled individuals (including injured soldiers). Conley said that will continue with the Customs & Classics Car Show, and there will be two other recipients as well - the Alzheimers Association and an entity that assists with military housing.
A question mark for this year is Bancroft Park's bandshell, which was damaged by a late-January fire and boarded up by City Parks. The previous car shows had used the stage for a band. Conley would like to do the same and is waiting to see how city repair plans unfold.
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