Classic car show to rev up downtown Glenwood
In its first year, the Glenwood Springs Classic Car Show registered “about 18 cars,” said Dennis Bader, who’s organized the show each of its three years.This year, however, Bader’s expecting 60 to 70 cars to enter the show.”That’s probably the max we can handle downtown,” he said.In other words, the show’s popularity has simply skyrocketed. And he says it’s because of the friendly, non-competitive atmosphere.”If you want to go to a show and relax, this is the show for you. If you want to go to a show and win money or points, this is not the show for you,” Bader said. “I think most people really enjoy the atmosphere.””It’s kind of a get-together. Everybody just pops the hood and talks shop,” said Bart Victor, owner of Charcoal Burger.Victor, who collects classic cars, usually enters seven or eight of his own automobiles in the show each year. He’s also been helping Bader organize the show for the past two years.”It’s a lot of work, but you get a lot of recognition and it’s a lot of fun,” said Victor.Bader said that a few years ago, he and some friends with the downtown business association were debating different ways to get more people to check out Glenwood’s shops, and he suggested starting a car show. Then the idea of the treasure hunt came up and it was an absolute smash, he said.The treasure hunt, which has turned into an annual event along with the car show, is a good way for Glenwood merchants to increase their customer traffic, said Bader. Each person to register a car is given a prize number, which is held by one of the merchants in the downtown area. Car owners then have to go from store to store, asking which number each shop has, until they find a match, at which point they get their prize.”It’s a good way of getting people from the parking lot out into downtown,” said Bader. In past years, he said, Glenwood merchants have told him they’ve been very happy with the increase in foot traffic they’ve seen on the day of the show.”Most of the store owners I surveyed last year were very pleased,” said Bader. “The exposure they got from 60 people walking through their stores was great, they said.”So far, “close to 70 stores” have signed up for the hunt, and have donated all sorts of prizes for the car show, from dinners for two to gift coupons.”It’s darn good for the downtown economy,” said Victor.The show, which starts at 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 22, is being held at the Ninth Street parking lot, between Grand and Cooper. Registration is $15. To register a car, either visit the Glenwood Springs Resort Chamber Web site, http://www.glenwoodchamber.com, or call Dennis Bader at 970-945-5971.Contact John Schroyer: 945-8515, ext. firstname.lastname@example.org
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