Englewood hosts car show

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The growl of powerful engines filled the air as drivers maneuvered into position to take part in the Aug. 10 Englewood Car Show.

Vehicles, including customized pickups, race cars, motorcycles and hot rods, lined up along South Windermere Street from a block north of the light rail station to Kenyon for the event sponsored by the Greater Englewood Chamber of Commerce.

“I feel our car show was a success for our first year as we had more than 50 vehicles in the event,” Colleen Mellow, chamber director, said Aug. 12. “The turnout was a pleasant surprise because, the morning of the show, I only had 10 owners registered to bring their vehicle.

John Schaefer and his wife Anne attended the Aug. 10 event to check out the vehicles on display.

“Both Anne and I like cars of all kinds and we take every opportunity to come to a show like this to look at all the different makes, models and how some of the owners customized their vehicle,” the Littleton man said. “Small shows like this are more fun to attend because most of the owners are here and will talk to you about what they have done to their vehicle and how they did it. Our goal is to eventually build a customized muscle car and we take notes on information from owners we think may help us when we get started.”

The modified coupe owned by Englewood resident Vern Adler drew a lot of crowd attention.

Adler said it was built by Frank Dering and began as a 1932 Ford 5-window coupe.

“A lot of changes have been made, including installing all the safety equipment and adding the wing plus adjusting the frame to handle a 350 cubic inch Chevrolet engine that has been modified to produce about 450 horsepower,” he said. “I like modified coupes and this is my fifth one. We have drivers for them and the race at Colorado National Speedway and at other tracks in Colorado and bordering states.”

The show wrapped up in the afternoon and, Aug. 12, Mellow said she was pleased with how the event went.

“I feel it was a success because people who brought their cars told me they liked the show and had fun, plus we were able to raise more than $500 to help homeless veterans,” she said. “The Englewood Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 322 also had food and beverages for sale and what they raised added to our total that will go to help homeless veterans, who were the real winners.”

The money raised will be used to purchase items homeless veterans need like sleeping bags, socks and coats, Mellow said.

Car shows are not new to Englewood. There were shows in the 1960s and, more recently, the downtown area was the site of three Englewood Days Car Shows. Each year, several hundred owners brought their cars to the event. Unfortunately, the downtown car show ended in 2009. Mello said the Aug.10 event went well enough that she is planning for a repeat performance in 2014 as the chamber seeks to revive the show and hopefully build on the excitement the Englewood Days Car Show created.

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