Blast from the past |

Blast from the past

Special to the Post Independent

Clean out the closets and dust off those vintage automobiles ” Glenwood Springs is bringing back the oldies-but-goodies.

The city’s Downtown Development Association, Little Bear’s Antique Mall and the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association present the Second Annual Antique and Classic Car Show from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Centennial Park at Ninth Street and Grand Avenue.

“It’s just an effort to bring a little excitement to downtown,” said co-organizer Harvey Gilmore, owner of Little Bear’s Antique Mall. “I’m excited. We’ll see a lot of local people and maybe some people from Denver getting out of the city to cool off.”

The show, which was separated into two Friday and Saturday events last year, will feature around 20 antique vendors and 30 classic cars in one day. The car show takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the antique show runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with free appraisals from 1-4 p.m.

“At the antique show we’ll see everything from old wood skis and winter sports stuff and furniture to old photographs and silver jewelry,” Gilmore said. “There will an appraiser from Carbondale. Last year there were toys brought in, including a Buddy L doll, that appraised for a good amount. One of the toys went for $2,000.”

Gilmore said last year someone brought a chandelier for appraisal. He later sold the antique glass lighting fixture at his mall for $500. He said the antique appraisals, as well as the highly visible location, should draw many valley and statewide visitors of the event.

“They say 27,000 cars on average pass by that spot every day,” Gilmore said. “We hope to slow down that traffic a little bit.”

Classic cruisers and hot rods will be parked in downtown Glenwood from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. during the event’s car show. Organizer Dennis Bader, owner of Flower Mart, said he expects a wide range of vehicles to be on display.

“I didn’t designate the age of the cars,” he said. “If the owner thinks it’s classic, it can be registered.”

Bader said to expect to see cars ranging from an award-winning 1960 “show-stopping red” Porsche to a 1934 Ford Model A Roadster.

“The Model A’s owner’s motto is ‘Do not touch and do not drool on it,'” he said. “There will be cars from upvalley, Moab, Montrose and Grand Junction. Of course Glenwood Springs is well-represented. It’s certainly going to be bigger and higher-end than last year.”

A $10 registration fee is required for each car in the show. The antique evaluations are free and limited to two items per family. Call 945-5971 for car show information and 945-4505 for the antique show.

Contact April E. Clark: 945-8515, ext. 518

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