Nearly 400 vehicles at Car Show in Old Town
The biggest Good Times Car Show yet in Old Colorado City filled four blocks (plus side streets) of Colorado Avenue Aug. 19.
Event spokesperson Tony DiCenso said as many as 4,500 people attended the six-hour free event, strolling past a parked array of 390 classic and custom vehicles between 23rd and 27th streets.
“There were definitely more (people) than last year,” he said. “At the end of the awards ceremony, the CSPD kept the cars from leaving for about 15 minutes because there were too many people on the street.”
Hosting the 16th annual show (13th in Old Colorado City) were three area car clubs - the Southern Colorado Mopars, the Rocky Mountain Mustangers, and the Cruisin' Mamas.
The new use of the avenue's 2300 block allowed entries to shoot up from 341 last year to 390 this year. “Adding the extra block seemed to provide new character to the show, as we surrounded Bancroft Park on three sides with cars,” DiCenso said. “It allowed us to use 24th Street to relieve the congestion on the west end of the show, especially on 26th Street.”
Randomly approached entrants told similar stories of finding a vehicle they liked, then spending huge amounts of time and money to make it functional and shiny.
One such person was Tom Winters, who had his 1967 Mercury Cougar on display. He always liked that car's style, owning four of them in high school with the intent of using parts from each to make a perfect version. But his plan didn't happen until several years later, when he found his current wheels for $750. After two years of fixing it up, his Cougar is worth a lot more than he paid for it, he agreed, “but not even close to what I put into it.”
Bill, Peg and Audrey Stuber showed a 1930 Ford Model A that looked like it just came off an old-time showroom floor - other than a 425-hp engine, power windows, power brakes and other modern niceties. A flyer states that “all the work on this car, except paint, was done by the owner (with a little help from his friends and a lot of Budweiser!).”
“It was a lot of fun to build, and it's even more fun to drive,” Bill Stuber said. With the relatively short wheelbase, “it's like driving a go-cart.”
Amid the sanctuary for internal combustion engines, there was one vehicle that went another direction. Mike Phillips and his son Chris were showing “Sparky,” the all- electric truck they built. “I'm an engineer, so these things intrigue me,” Phillips said.
Using 20 batteries to power an electric motor, the vehicle can go up to 60 mph with a range of about 40 miles.
He first got the idea from a library book 10 years ago. For a long time, it was just a dream, but then gas prices started going up. Now, as long as gas is more than $2 a gallon, Phillips saves money driving the truck. In addition, he noted, “I don't have to change oil, coolant or broken belts.”
The vehicles at the show were judged in several categories, based on age and type.
Proceeds from entry fees will go to the nonprofit Canine Companions.
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