Car show to make OCC comeback
The first annual Old Colorado City Customs & Classics Car Show is scheduled Sunday, Aug. 20.
According to lead organizer Ace Cosley, a classic-car owner and head of the Ace Entertainment promotion company, the event will be almost identical to the Good Times Car Show, whose organizers had announced the end to its 25-year run after the August 2016 event.
“We're doing it exactly the same way, but trying to make it better,” he summarized. “We want to work with the Old Colorado City merchants to help us promote it.”
Cosley knows that his group will be dealing with the same city-required police costs whose steep increases in recent years had discouraged Good Times. Much of that show's expense had been covered by entry fees paid by the people who showed their cars - a practice that Customs & Classics will continue. However, making up the difference had required “donations and begging,” Good Times lead organizer Kathy Quatkey-meyer commented in a 2016 interview with the Westside Pioneer.
Cosley is confident that he can handle such costs by lining up major business sponsors. Through his promotion company, he's already gained the sponsorship of the prominent Norwood development company, he said, and “we're looking for more.”
News of a car show comeback will delight locals who attended Good Times over the years. Like the former event, the new one is planned as free and open to the public, lasting six hours and featuring some 400 cars of various types and vintages parked along blocked-off Colorado Avenue between 23rd and 27th streets.
The number of people strolling through Good Times each year was typically estimated at 3,000 or more.
“People in Old Colorado City were really bummed about it leaving,” Cosley said. “That was part of my inspiration to bring it back.”
Easing the changeover, two of the four car clubs that planned Good Times are still involved. They're the Rocky Mountain Mustangers and the Southern Colorado Mopar Club. New to the consortium are the Southern Colorado Jaguar Club, the Southern Colorado Chevelle Club and the Hotrod Association.
Beyond that, Quatke-meyer “gave her blessing, and is helping me out with the transition,” Cosley said.
The only request from the previous group was that “they wanted me to change the name and retire 'Good Times Car Show,'” he noted. Thus was born the new name, Customs & Classics Car Show.
Cosley himself is a member of the Mopar Club and his wife is in the Mustangers group. He had volunteered in Good Times shows - judging, parking cars and even picking up trash. “The car show is something I really love to do,” he said.
Another carryover from the old show to the new will be the charity aspect, which was the car clubs' original reason for starting Good Times. The traditional recipient has been Canine Companions for Independence, a nonprofit that trains dogs to help disabled individuals (including injured soldiers). Cosley said that will continue, and there will be two other recipients - the Alzheimers Association and an entity that assists with military housing.
A question mark this year is Bancroft Park's bandshell, which was damaged by a late-January fire and boarded up by City Parks. The previous car shows had used the stage for a band. Cosley would like to do the same and is waiting to see how city repair plans unfold.
Westside Pioneer article