Annual Car Show in Old Town Aug. 15

       Last year, under sunny skies, the annual Good Times Car Show broke its own record with a total of 436 vehicles along closed-off Colorado Avenue and Old Town's in-between side streets from 23rd to 27th streets.

Three Corvettes in a row were on display in the 2600 block's Old Colorado Square shopping center during the 2009 Good Times Car Show in Old Colorado City.
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       The sponsoring car clubs aren't looking to top that number for this year's show Sunday, Aug. 15, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. - fact is, lack of space forced them to turn away some late-arrivers in 2010 - but close to 400 vehicles of all types and years are expected once again if the weather behaves, according to event spokesperson Kathy Quatkemeyer.
       “The only thing I've never seen is a tractor,” she said. “But that might be kind of cool.”
       Free and open to the public, the Car Show is organized by three car clubs - the Colorado Cruizers, Rocky Mountain Mustangers and the Southern Colorado Mopars, with the Modern Mopar Muscle Club helping out for the first time this year.
       Proceeds from the entrance fees (after expenses) will go again to Canine Companions, a national nonprofit that provides trained dogs for people with disabilities.
       What makes the event a little nerve-wracking for the clubs is that 150 or so potential entrants wait until the day of the event to decide if they'll take a chance on the weather and sign up. That hurt the numbers two years ago when rain fell and “only” about 200 vehicles came. But Quatkemeyer hopes that last year's experience, in which space ran out, will encourage more preregistrations this year.
       Most typical among the entries are fully restored “classic” cars from the past 50 or so years. Also frequently found are customizations, in terms of mechanical systems, body work and/or paint jobs. In all, the show has 10 categories in which vehicles are judged, including one for rigs that don't fit in the other nine. “We probably get about 20 of those,” Quatkemeyer said.
       Rising costs for the Car Show have added the element of having to solicit business sponsors. So far that effort is going well, she said, which is fortunate in that the event costs - chiefly paying police and renting barricades and porta-johns - have risen in just a few years from a total of about $3,000 to $7,000.
       This is the 19th year for the Car Show, with all but the first three in Old Colorado City.

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