12th Annual Fourth Of July Coolest Car Show
If only a car could talk what a tale it would tell: where it’s been, the trips it has taken, the owners it’s had before its days were over and it was unceremoniously junked. For some folks a car is transportation, just turn the key and it takes you where you want to go. For others, however; a car holds important memories and associations, sometimes leading back to the first car they owned or that special vehicle that was their pride and joy or maybe it was the adventurous road trips in that great car. The thrill of owning a special “tricked out” car that that impresses everybody on main street and one’s delight in that particular vehicle, often leads to a lifelong hobby, and that is what it’s all about for car lovers. Whether it’s a muscle car, stock model T‘s, a rat rodder, low riders or a classy classic, you can see them all in “cream puff” condition and talk to the owners about their unique hobby at the 12th annual 4th of July Coolest Car show held in Estes Park. Home built cars, lovingly reconstructed, are always a crowd favorite. For the second year, motor cycles will be added to the lineup as well as a new class, retro rods. In addition, there will be a display of late model corvettes, imports and other distinctive automobiles. This well attended show brings hundreds of car aficionados to down town, Bond Park with its wide variety of meticulously restored and tenderly cared for cars. Tickets can be purchased the day of the event from 10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Bond Park: family $10, adults $5 and $2 for children, under the age of six children are admitted free.
For the fourth straight year, major support for the car show will be provided by: State Farm Insurance of Estes Park and the locally owned NAPA Auto Parts store. Kids, can enter the coloring contest at the NAPA booth and participate in their “Prize Wheel.” Free giveaways will also be available. This year’s Nuts & Bolts sponsors along with many local businesses donated the great prizes for the show and over fifty volunteers of the Estes Park Car Club and the Friends of the Museum assisted in presenting this event.
The awards ceremony will take place at 2:30 p.m. Numerous prizes and Plaques will be given out for various classifications. Special trophies for the following pro categories include: Best Interior, Best Paint and, Best example for Owner-built. Always a favorite of the participants and car fans is the “Mayor’s Award,” the “Friends of Estes Park Museum Award” for a car 50 years or older and the “Estes Park Car Club Award.”
A special occasion is planned for this year’s Car Show with a proclamation being given by Mayor Pinkham, to Doug Klink and Butch Lundstedt in honor of their heroic response to the Park Mall fire in downtown Estes Park last fall. Doug and Butch quickly responded to the fire in Doug’s 1967 Pitman Snorkel fire truck which was extremely helpful in assisting the three ladder trucks in putting out the fire. Fire trucks are Doug’s passion and he has a fine collection of old trucks, some still available to save the day. You will be able to see this fine old snorkel fire truck parked at the show with the American flag flying high from the top.
Come see the cars you remember from the past or perhaps your dream car of today. It’s a great, family fun activity for the Fourth of July.
The Estes Park Car Club and the Estes Park Museum Friends & Foundation, Inc. sponsor this popular event and proceeds benefit the museum.
For information about becoming a member of the Estes Park Museum Friends and Foundation, Inc. or volunteering at the museum, call 970-586-6256.