Old Town closed off for Car Show Aug. 22

       Barring unseemly weather, 300 or more shiny vehicles will be on display in Old Colorado City Sunday, Aug. 22.
       Colorado Avenue will be closed off between 24th and 27th streets for the annual Good Times Car Show, which will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The vehicles, old and new, foreign and domestic, four-wheel and two-wheel, will be parked along the avenue as well as along the blocks north and south on 25th and 26th streets, according to event spokesperson Tony Di Censo of the Southern Colorado Mopars club.
       Cars will start being parked around 7 a.m., Di Censo said. Any person or group wanting to enter cars the day of the show can do so by coming to the pavilion in Bancroft Park and signing up before 9 a.m.
       Entry costs are $25 for one car and $10 for any additional cars.
       The Mopars are sponsoring the Car Show with the Colorado Cruizers and the Rocky Mountain Mustangers car clubs, in conjunction with the Old Colorado City Associates merchants group. This year's show is the 13th annual Good Times show and the 10th in Old Colorado City.
       Proceeds will go to Canine Companions for Independence, a national nonprofit that provides trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to people with disabilities. This is the fourth year for that recipient. Last year, the show had 296 entrants and raised $3,700 for Companions, Di Censo said.
       The event is held in Old Colorado City mainly because it's a commercial retail shopping area. “It gives something to do for the car owners and their spouses, as well as for the spectators who come down to the show,” he said.
       · Awards are given to vehicles in seven categories:
       · All American cars up to 1948.
       · All American cars, 1949-60.
       · GM, 1961 and up.
       · Ford, '61 and up.
       · Mopar (a term for Chrysler products) and AMC, '61 and up.
       · Trucks, all years.
       · Foreign cars/motorcycles, all years.
       The show is open to all makes and models, Di Censo said car club members tend to like the cars made prior to 1974. Cars built since then are usually less classic looking, he said, because of liability- and pollution-related design changes.
       For more information, call 495-7309.

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