Classic car club celebrates 35th year with Westside event

       The Colorado Springs Rod & Custom Club celebrated its 35th anniversary Nov. 3 at the International Dance Club, 2422 Busch Ave., with a get-together inside and a display of classic cars in the parking lot that the public was welcome to ogle.

Bob and Pat Collins pose by their restored 1941 Ford in the International Dance Club parking lot Nov. 3, while serving as hosts for the 35th anniversary of the Colorado Springs Rod & Custom Club.
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       About 70 people, consisting of current and former members, attended the three-hour event.
       “It's a celebration of hotrods and street rods over the years,” said Bob Collins, who hosted the event with his wife and lead organizer Pat.
       Currently, most club members own and restore cars from the 1930s through the 1950s, he pointed out. Among about 30 being shown Nov. 3 was his bright red 1941 Ford, which he's owned and worked on for five years. “Once you've got classic cars in your blood, you can't seem to get it out,” Bob said. “And when you've built one, it seems to stay with you forever.”
       The event included a party, with a PowerPoint show of photos from past club events and Youtube interviews Bob had with the six active charter members (Gene Musick, Pete Gruitsch, Jesse Mabe, Dorsie Childs, Jim Olson and Darrell Tennant).
       New members are welcome, including those with more recent car models. For more information, call Bob Collins at 649-1702.

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