OCC Car Show tops 400 vehicles for 2nd time

       For the second time in its 22-year history Aug. 18, the Good Times Car Show in Old Colorado City exceeded 400 vehicles.
       The total of 403 was a “really good turnout and there were some really nice cars,” enthused event spokesperson Kathy Quatkemeyer.

Scenes from the Good Times Car Show Aug. 18 in Old Colorado City. TOP LEFT: Greg Nasrullah (left) watches attendees look at two vehicles he restored - a 1931 Ford Model A (left) and a '38 Chevy pickup.
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       According to police estimates, the free six-hour show between 23rd and 27th streets along closed-off Colorado Avenue attracted at least 5,000 spectators, she said. They saw vehicles ranging in age from newly built to early 20th century, from kits to restorations to full customizations.

Next to Bancroft Park, Rod and Andrea Rodriguez pose with two former Offenhauser-style midget race cars they'd restored - a '47 Curtis that Rod's dad once drove in races (left) and a '78 Edmunds.
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       Judges studied each entry, assigning it to one of 11 categories and giving out a total of 82 trophies at the end of the day in Bancroft Park.
       The Car Show record of 436 was set in 2009. The last few years, the three sponsoring clubs - the Colorado Cruizers, Rocky Mountain Mustangers and the Southern Colorado Mopars - have capped the signups at 400. This year, identifying additional parking lots along the avenue, the clubs upped the limit to 425.
       Not reaching that number was probably due to rain concerns from potential participants. Although the day itself turned out sunny and dry, the area has received some heavy downpours in August, and “I think the weather scared some people,” Quatkemeyer said. “I can understand how some people would be scared, especially roadsters without tops.”
       The event is still the largest show in the region… other than a yearly national show in Pueblo that brings in about 1,000 cars. “But our clubs are all local,” Quatkemeyer pointed out.
       She thinks Good Times' popularity among area car lovers is largely due to it being in Old Colorado City (for all but its first three years). “It's got shops and trees - it's a wonderful locale,” she said.

An Oldsmobile 442 "muscle car" is in the foreground in this view from the Colorado Square parking lot (used this year for the event) toward the 2600 block of West Colorado Avenue.
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       Two vehicles on display - a 1931 Ford Model A pickup truck and a 1938 Chevrolet business coupe - belong to Greg Nasrullah, who runs a plumbing company in Peyton and restores cars as a hobby and occasional paid work for people he knows. “I tried to do it for a living about 20 years ago, but nobody wanted to pay what tit's worth,” he observed.
       The pickup had been sitting in a field on a family farm in Kansas from 1968 until Greg and his son Garrett got the OK to take it and work on it about five years ago. Among its shortcomings at the time were the lack of an engine and a hood. In fixing it up, “We went vintage,” Greg said. “It's styled like a hotrod from the late '50s or early '60s.” Garrett, a college student now, is the one who will get to use it.
       Greg said he got his start in restoration at age 14 when his dad gave him a “beat-to-death” 1955 Chevy two-door hardtop. “I had it in shows by the time I was in high school,” he recalled.
       Unusual among the cars in the show were two restored “Offenhauser”-style midget race cars, owned by Robert “Rod” Rodriguez and his wife Andrea. Both cars were previously raced, with the 1978 Edmunds having won a national event the year it was built.

Coincidentally, Bud Saicar of Colorado Springs and Manuel Vigil of Pueblo each owns a two-toned (light blue with white hardtop) 1957 Chevy. One obvious difference is the cars' engine types. Another difference? Vigil's is the one with the matching radio.
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       The other, a 1947 Curtis, had belonged to Rod's father, who won with it in a 1961 Rocky Mountain Midget Racing Association event. He sold it in 1964, but Rod “found it” 18 years ago, brought it back into the family and now “it's exactly like it was in '61.”
       Offering variety to the Car Show was an admitted “chick car” - a 2000 Mustang convertible owned by Vonda Fowler of the Rocky Mountain Mus-tangers. It's one of three Mustangs she and her husband Steve own. He works on all three, but Vonda 's was the only one at the show with a “PONYLUV” license plate, stuffed animals on the hood and the Sassy and Goofy M&M figures in the back seat. “They're with me everywhere I go,” Vonda laughed.

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