New Car Show record: 436 vehicles

       The 18th annual Good Times Car Show lined Old Colorado City streets - and even a couple of parking lots - with the most vehicles in the event's history Aug. 16.
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Paul Allen was pleased with the look of his souped-up 1965 Volkswagen bus at the 18th annual Good Times Car Show in Old Colorado City Aug. 16. He had trailered the vehicle in from Grand Junction.
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       The total of 436 easily exceeded the previous best of 391, set two years ago, and was more than double the 200 in rainy 2008. With the sun shining this year, there could even have been more than 436, if the four sponsoring car clubs could have found a place to put additional late-arriving vehicles, according to event spokesperson Kathy Quatkemeyer. “We had them stuffed in every corner we could find,” she said.
       The plan was to cut off Car Show entries at 9 a.m., but the clubs were letting cars in until 9:20, and even then they had to turn cars away, she added.
       The result was more to see on and beside closed-off Colorado Avenue between 23rd and 27th streets for the estimated 5,000 to 6,000 people who dropped by during the six hours of the free show. Cars ranging back some 100 years were on display, such as the 1915 Ford T-Bucket owned by Jim Hoskins.
       It's now sharply customized in the style of a 1960s roadster, but a friend had wanted Hoskins to take what was then a battered hulk to the dump 14 years ago. “I said, 'This is not going to the dump,'” recalled the Westside-raised Woodland Park resident, who spent the next 10 years - working as time and money were available - making the rig showable.
       At the newer end of the spectrum was Gary Lombard's 2007 Corvette, which he has upgraded with $6,000 in “after-market” improvements, such as an added engine cooling unit, a stylish exhaust system and a Bandimere Speedway armrest. “I've always been a Corvette guy,” the Parker resident said. “This is the seventh Corvette I've owned.”
       The car initially appealed to him because of its rare Atomic Orange color, which has since been discontinued. “I stumbled across it with 2,000 miles on it in the showroom at Stevenson Chevrolet, and the next thing I knew I was driving it home,” he chuckled.
       One of the more unusual vehicles was a 1965 VW bus with a big 427 engine installed in what would normally have been a storage area behind the front seat. “I could race it if I wanted to, but I've already got a race car,” said Paul Allen, a Union Pacific railroad employee who works on cars in his spare time. He found the VW frame by the side of the road five years ago. At the time, he said, “it was a basket case.”
       Because each Car Show entrant pays a fee, the large number of vehicles will translate - after expenses - into a check of at least $4,000 to the event's designated charity, Canine Companions for Independence. The nonprofit entity trains dogs to help disabled individuals, including injured soldiers from Iraq and Afghanistan, Quatkemeyer said.
       Charlie Irwin, president of the Old Colorado City Associates (OCCA) merchants group, was pleased at the large attendance for the event. “I haven't heard if that translated into sales, but there were definitely people all over, and that's half the battle,” he said.
       The sponsoring clubs are the Southern Colorado Mopars, the Colorado Cruizers, Cruisin' Mamas, and the Rocky Mountain Mustangers. “All four clubs work incredibly hard on this,” Quatkemeyer said. “Everybody does multiple jobs.” These include judging the event - 86 cars in 10 categories received awards of excellence - and cleaning up afterward, she said.

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