Sun reflected of the shiny surfaces of more than 50 vehicles on display during the Aug. 26 Greater Englewood Chamber of Commerce car show held in the Kaiser Permanente parking lot.
“We don’t have as many vehicles as we expected and I think …
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“We don’t have as many vehicles as we expected and I think this is a good event for the chamber and for the community,” said Randy Penn, chamber director. “There are a lot of really nice vehicles here and the No. 76 Furniture Row race car is a big attraction. Just about everyone stops by to look it over and check it out.”
He said there was a lot to do in addition to checking out the vehicles, as a number of organizations and companies set up information booths, and there was a bounce house for children.
Owners brought in their entries and picked a place to park. Visitors were invited to look over the entries and vote for their favorites in a number of categories such as classic and modern cars.
Most owners were close to their vehicles and, if asked, would talk about their entry.
For example, Jerry Goodson sat near his 2015 Mustang.
“I like fast cars. I tried a couple others and this Mustang was the quickest. I like Mustangs. My first one was a ‘67,” he said. “I have had a couple modifications made so the engine now produces about 600 horsepower.”
He smiles and said his car is fast but not as fast as the F-4 Phantom jet fighter he flew in Vietnam. Those casting votes selected Goodson’s Mustang as the best entry in the category for cars made after 1980.
A short distance away, Allan Lawrence’s car show entry was his 1969 Pontiac LeMans convertible.
“In 1970 I was working at an agency in California fixing used cars,” the Littleton resident said. “I told them I didn’t want to fix it for them I wanted to buy it, and I did,” he said. “I did all the work on it on my own time. The only thing I changed was I painted it burgundy. I like burgundy and my ‘57 Buick is the same color.”
He said the LeMans sits in the garage most of the time and is only brought out when he takes it to shows.
Ike and Paula Weins sat in the shade near their customized purple two-door 1935 Ford with a rumble seat.
“We had the car customized and they did a good job. ,” Ike said. “We wanted to have this car because this is the car I had when I was in high school.”
When the votes were cast and counted, the winners at this year’s chamber car show were:
• Cars before 1940 - Gary Higens, 1930 Ford
• Cars 1940-1979 - Al Hielm, 1967 white Chevrolet Camero
• Cars 1980 and newer — Jerry Goodson, 2015 2015 ruby red Ford Mustang GT
• Trucks — Larry Koldeway, 1957 Chevy 3100
• Tractors — Bill Clayton, 1948 John Deere Model A
• Best of show — Matt Venable, 1967 Orange Chevy C10
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