Supporting The Museum In The Coolest Way-11th Annual Coolest Car Show In Colorado
What’s better than cool mountain air when it’s 90 degrees everywhere else on the 4th of July? It’s the “Coolest Car Show in Colorado” sponsored by the Estes Park Museum Friends & Foundation, Inc. Bond Park is the setting for the 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. event which benefits the Estes Park Museum through car registrations and donations at the gate. This is a wonderful and affordable opportunity for great family time, a chance to see cars you might have grown up with, plus delicious food and beverages available from Bloomberries. It’s the perfect way to start your Independence Day.
The 11th annual car show has a new twist this year. For the first time, a motorcycle class and a farm & industrial class have been added to the lineup of over 100 classic cars, rat rods, modified cars, hot rods, as well as classic trailers, fire engines and tractors. Look for a classic fire truck from Doug Klink to be on hand. You may even see a Stanley Steamer on display. Take time to talk to the owners and get to know why this hobby takes on a life of its own. Cars from all over Colorado will compete for prizes with cars from the neighboring states of Nebraska, Kansas, Utah and Wyoming. There is even a division for Estes Park Car Club members. For many attending the show, it’s a time to roll back the memory banks and relive old times remembering their coolest cars.
Craig Bigler, President of the Estes Park Car Club, said,”A car show has the opportunity for rat rodders, customizers, and classic car owners to show off the objects of their hobby. This show puts them all together, from stock Model T’s to hot rods. Even late model corvettes and other exotic automobiles will be on display in one location, and it is in Estes Park! What could be better”?
All the planning and hard work, done with the help of the Estes Park Car Club and cooperation of the Town of Estes Park, could not take place if it weren’t for the “major” sponsors and the “nuts & bolts” sponsors. The Friends appreciate and want to thank all the sponsors of the 2009 show.
“For the third straight year, we appreciate major sponsorship from State Farm Insurance of Estes Park and NAPA Auto Parts, here in Estes, and thank them for their integral help in funding”, said John Roehl, President of the Friends. “Come by the State Farm and NAPA tents for free giveaways and don’t forget the coloring contest for children at the NAPA tent. With the help of sponsor underwriting and the generosity of the local merchants, this show has achieved a position of respect and is known throughout the car world. The wide range of awards sponsored by the local merchants contribute to the many registrants who return year after year.”
The “nuts & bolts” sponsors of the event include the Ore Cart Rock Shop, Dunraven Inn, Murray & Sons Automotive, Westover Construction, Inc., Peak-to-Peak American Grill, Mountain Imports, Garrett International Management Consultants, Bank of Colorado, image “inhancement” inc. iii, and RV America in Johnstown, CO.
“The hard work of set up and running of the day’s events are done by over 50 volunteers,” said Roehl. “It takes all these elements to raise the goal of $10,000 which supports the mission of expanding people’s knowledge of Estes Valley history.”
Professional judging will be in three different divisions this year: Best Interior, Best Paint, and Best Example of Owner-built. Two Mayor’s Trophies and one Best in Show Trophy, plus 22 plaque awards will be presented at 2:30 p.m.
Admissions are $5.00 for adults, $2.00 for children, under 6 free, or a full family may enter for $10.00 maximum. Tickets booths will be located at MacGregor and Park Lane (near the Municipal Bldg.), the cabin in Bond Park, MacGregor and Elkhorn, and Wonderview and MacGregor.
Start the 4th in a “cool” way and come out and enjoy Independence Day in Bond Park at the “Coolest Car Show In Colorado.”