535 vehicles on display shatters record for annual Old Colorado City Car ShowAug. 19, 2018
The Old Colorado City Customs & Classics Car Show Aug. 19 obliterated the former participation record with the announcement that 535 vehicles were on display.
“Not too shabby,” grinned lead organizer Ace Cosley, talking over a loudspeaker during the Bancroft Park trophy-awards ceremony (judging of cars in
The total was close to his announced pre-show goal for 600 cars this year.
Between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., a wide spectrum of mostly shiny cars and trucks were angle-parked on both sides of closed-off Colorado Avenue between 23rd and 27th streets. They could also be found along its side streets and in the parking lots for the Colorado Square and Old Town Plaza strip centers.
Despite occasional drops of rain, no serious shower ever materialized, and the unbroken crowds of admiring spectators - though uncounted - easily numbered in the thousands.
In the 25 years of a car show in Old Town, the documented high had been 436 vehicles in 2009, when it was still called the Good Times Car Show. The event was being run then on a relatively low-key basis by several local car clubs with limited budgets; but the '09 popularity stretched their resources so much that they limited sign-ups to 400 after that. In 2016, they decided to end the show altogether, saying that ever-increasing fees to the city for street barricades, park rental and police protection were negating its goal of fundraising for charity.
Cosley, a car collector who heads up a promotional company (Ace Entertainment), picked up the event, changed the name and brought it back in 2017 on its traditional third Sunday of August. Most attendees never realized how close the show had come to being gone for good.
Interesting back-stories are easy to find at the car show. One was told by Manitou resident Jim Day, who was on hand with an almost-like-new 1955 Thunderbird, which his late father Roy
"My dad told me I'd probably wreck it in six months,” Day chuckled. “I'm 80 years old now.”
He's kept it stock, saving it in more recent years for parades and shows, so it has only 62,000 miles on it.
As it happens, Day's grandson Matt is a sophomore in high school. So when he becomes a senior, guess what? The T-bird will be passed on once more, Day said.
Another father-son connection was evident in side-by-side, restored/customized Chevrolets. One was a sedan built in 1932, the other a pickup from 1936. Each had a framed informational sheet leaning against its front bumper.
The '32, which has been upgraded to include a V-6 engine and turbo mufflers, was identified as “Dad's” (Gary Don Richter). His info sheet explained, “I am the third
Andy Richter has the “Son's” '36 pickup. Nicknamed “Sweet Treats,” the owner describes it as a “retired rum runner in witness protection.” It has also been given some modern improvements, the info sheet continues, including a straight-6 from a '73 Chevy Nova that had “commitment issues and emotional scars.”
Elsewhere on the avenue, a 1947 Diamond T heavy truck was on display. It had been restored/customized by Chad Lewis. He was joined at the car show by his 12-year-old son Gavin, who stood by the driver's-side door to answer questions about the 1½-year project. And he proudly replied that yes, he's helped his dad with the work.
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