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Car Shows to Go and Gilpin County Senior Living

By Randy Beaudette

On Saturday, July 27, the Gilpin County Seniors held their first annual car show and swap meet sponsored by Cars Shows to Go and Gilpin Senior Services. About 50 plus proud owners and their snazzy vehicles along with 10 vendors gathered at the Gilpin County School parking lot to strut their stuff or to sell their wares. The Car Show and Swap Meet benefited the Gilpin County Senior Program through car entry fees, vendor fees, and raffle ticket sales. Food was provided by the Gilpin County Seniors along with help from “The Crew” from Base Camp. Whoopy Pies were also available from the large van at the end of the parking lot. Timberline Fire also attended with a variety of Fire Apparatus including their parade truck.

Raffles were held about every hour for gift certificates, pottery, gift baskets, and tools. At the end of each raffle there was a “Red Ticket Raffle” which was for a prizes valued at more than $100.

A variety of toe-tapping music was provided by a Lee & Company from 50’s Be Bop to some modern classics. Some folks couldn’t resist the urge to dance between the cars or right out in the alley ways.

The most unusual and possibly the most photographed was Car #29 or better known as “Rest in Peace” created by Richard Hockley from Strange Rides in Ft Collins. It is built on a 1923 Ford T-Bucket platform and is powered by a Chevy 350 small block with a Borg Warner Transmission. The body was solid wood with a coffin shape complete with a wooden coffin trailer.

Ford, Chevy, Dodge were all well represented along with Willy’s. Single representatives included a 1951 Studebaker “Bullet Nose” Commander, a 1958 Packard Hawk, a 1969 MG Midget, and a 1958 Austin Healey bug-eye Sprite.

Early in the afternoon rain moved in and the umbrellas came out. Some folks sheltered in their cars or under the various canopies scattered throughout the grounds. Others just endured the precipitation and carried on with their fun of checking out every car in the show.

Once there was a break in the weather, the organizers decided to give out awards before the rain started again.  The gag awards included Best Engine, Best Doors, Best SUV and others. Then the grand trophies cane out.

First prize went to 1st place – Gary and Becky Grenia, for their beautiful red 1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1. This is their first 1st place trophy ever!

2nd place – Gary Snyder, for his cherry 1930 4 door sedan

3rd place – Pat Shackelford, for a sweet 1965 Corvette

Gilpin County Senior Board Member Woody Snyder stated that,” More folks showed up than we had expected. Not bad for our first year.” Agreed – the success of the first Seniors Car Show and Swap Meet was great in spite of the weather, and we’re looking forward to the event again next year!

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