Cars, crowds flock to Old Town
Along with perhaps 4,000 people, the annual Good Times Car Show attracted a record number of vehicles (341) Aug. 20 in Old Colorado City.
The six-hour event was good for Old Town's business people too. Thirty-two of them, in conjunction with the Old Colorado City Associates (OCCA) merchants group participated in a scavenger hunt that helped bring people into stores, and several had their doors open early to handle Car Show arrivals as early as 6 a.m.
I heard some of the stores did very well, said OCCA Executive Director Nancy Stovall. Through the Car Show, we always get people that wouldn't be there [Old Colorado City] normally. And the people who bring their cars have nothing else to do during the day.
For the owners of well-preserved or customized vehicles, it was a chance to show off their prides and joys. One of these, Delbert Marcum, had a 1957 Chevrolet on which a patriotic mural appeared in an unexpected place - on a panel in front of the radiator which could only be viewed with the hood up.
A popular entry was a restored 1942 Willys Jeep, which had originally served in Europe in World War II, according to owner Dan Davidson. The vehicle was adorned with various collectibles from the war, including Lucky Strike cigarette boxes, a chain-fed machine gun, helmets, banners, cases, books, cans, documents and a 1939 champagne bottle.
Davidson, who's owned the Jeep for five years, said the items came from his father, who had started collecting after serving in the Navy during World War II.
The vehicles were judged in several categories, based on age and type. The sponsoring car clubs awarded close to 70 prizes at the end of the day in Bancroft Park.
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