Rain threat halves Car Show entries

       About 200 vehicle enthusiasts braved intermittent raindrops Aug. 17 to display their cars, trucks or motorcycles at the 17th annual Good Times Car Show in Old Colorado City. Spectators  check out a diverse array of vehicles in the
2600 block of Colorado Avenue around 9 a.m. Aug. 17, near the start of the 17th annual Old Colorado City Car 
Show. Warm sunshine and t-shirts later gave way, at least for a while, to rain, jackets and umbrellas.
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       "If it rains, it rains," philosophized one entrant, Wayne Walbaum, who brought his 1967 Pontiac GTO.
       As planned for the free six-hour event, Colorado Avenue was shut off between 23rd and 27th streets. But unlike 2007, when cars filled that four-block stretch (a total of 391 in all), this year the 2300 block was empty and the 2600 block was filled only about half way.
       The weather played a big part. "Some people just will not drive their restored/customized cars when the weather is as unpredictable as Sunday's," explained Tony DiCenso, spokesperson for the sponsoring car clubs (Southern Colorado Mopars, the Colorado Cruizers, Cruisin' Mamas, and the Rocky Mountain Mustangers).
       He didn't want to hazard a guess as to a crowd total, but if it were half the estimates of past years, as many as 2,000 visitors strolled past the diverse and colorful array of old and new vehicles. "It [the attendance] really picked up after the late morning shower," DiCenso said.
       "The positive thing is that the people who were there had a good time," commented Don Wick, a board member for the Old Colorado City Associates (OCCA) merchants group, which coordinated promotional activities in support of the Car Show. Wick himself served as a volunteer deejay, playing popular old-time songs from a station at 25th Street and Colorado Avenue. Despite the weather, he termed the event a "guarded success" in terms of retail sales.
       Proceeds from the Car Show entry fees go to the Canine Companions for Independence charity. The shiny engine compartment of Larry Losacso’s ‘57 Chevy.
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       As is typical of those displaying cars at the show (especially the older models), Walbaum has devoted considerable time and money to the restoration process. His case is a little unusual, however, in that he has owned his GTO since it was brand new in '67. "I drove it as a regular car in Illinois and it got all beat up," he recalled. "They put a lot of salt on the roads there." After deciding to restore it, "it was like buying it again, only it cost about 10 times as much."

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