SNAPSHOTS: W. Colo. Classic Car Show full winner’s list & the case of Kok Bou’s lost wallet solved |

SNAPSHOTS: W. Colo. Classic Car Show full winner’s list & the case of Kok Bou’s lost wallet solved

Grand Junction Mayor Sam Susuras (left) stands with Kok Bou (right) at a press conference Wednesday.
Caitlin Row / | Free Press


Clifton resident Kok Bou’s lost wallet (seen in Bou’s hand — it’s orange) was recently discovered by a construction crew working on the Avalon Theatre on Main Street in Grand Junction. The crew recovered the wallet in the basement of the theater beneath the stage this week.

The wallet, which is in great condition, was lost by Bou sometime around 1976 when the Avalon was then known as the Cooper Theater. It still contains many pieces of identification, including a driver’s license, a fishing license, and a Social Security card. GJ Mayor Sam Susuras presented Bou with his lost wallet in front of many cameras and reporters Wednesday afternoon (Sept. 11). Susuras also gave Bou two tickets to the Avalon to use when the theater reopens.



Labor Day weekend saw car enthusiasts attend the inaugural Western Colorado Classic Car Show at Canyon View Park.

The bright sun and virtually cloudless sky had sun rays bouncing off the polished hoods of some 275 vintage automobiles on display.

A fundraiser for Hilltop Community Resources, the event was open to sports cars, hot rods, muscle cars, trucks, motorcycles and more. With offerings like that, naturally car buffs came out to admire them and dream.

“We estimate that we had 5,000 spectators — many of them out of town,” said Hilltop spokesman Mike Green. In addition to the Aug. 31-Sept. 1 car festival, other events were held such as a welcome reception and barbecue at Allen Unique Auto Museum Aug. 30 and a “Road Tour” and brunch at Gateway Sept. 2

“The partner events – BBQ at Allen Unique Auto Museum, the reception at the DoubleTree by Hilton and the road trip and brunch at Gateway Canyons were all well attended,” Green added.

The final tally of funds raised hasn’t been completed, but based on attendance, Green is calling it a successful fundraiser for Hilltop.

See below for all the car show winners spanning 33 classes:

Best of Show: Alan Davis of Mead — 1937 Lincoln Zephyr

Best of Marque: Bob Lekowicz of GJ — 1966 Chevrolet Corvette

Best of Pain: Steve Novelli of Heber City, Utah — 1957 Chevrolet 3100 Pickup

Hilltop’s Choice: John Davis — 1959 Chevrolet 3100 Apache

Dignitary’s Award: Hollis Lewis of Cameron, Texas — 1962 Shelby AC Cobra

Peoples’ Choice: Alan Davis of Mead — 1937 Lincoln Zephyr

Best of Vintage Stock – 1900-1929: Melvin Hoover of GJ — 1919 Dodge Touring

Best of Vintage Stock – 1930-1948: Peter Pioschald — 1932 Ford Phaeton

Best of Street Rods & Hot Rods: Rod Snider of Grand Junction — 1932 Ford Coupe

Best of Classic Stock 1949-1959: Ted Vaughan of Rifle — 1957 Ford Skyliner

Best of Classic Stock 1960-1969: John Lynch of GJ — 1965 Cadillac Coupe de Ville

Best of Classic Stock 1970-1979: Ian Malcom — 1978 Ford

Best of Classic Modified 1949-1959: Dan VonFeldt of Littleton — 1957 Chevrolet Nomad

Best of Classic Modified 1960-1969: Vonda Williams — 1969 Ford

Best of Classic Modified 1970-1979: Mark Shaw — 1971 Nova

Best of Camaro Stock: Earl Ritter of GJ — 1968 Chevrolet Camaro

Best of Camaro Modified: Dylan Ijams — 1973 Chevrolet Camaro

Best of Corvettes 1953-1967 Stock: Steve Steitz of GJ — 1965 Chevrolet Corvette

Best of Corvettes 1968-Current Stock: Ron & Joyce Gibbs of GJ —1971 Chevrolet Corvette

Best of Corvettes Modified: Robert & Debbie Younger of Platteville — 2013 Chevrolet Corvette

Best of Mopar/Chrysler Stock: Jerry Gregory — 1970 Plymouth Superbird

Best of Mopar/Chrysler Modified: Darcy Perry of GJ — 1939 Chrysler Imperial

Best of Mustang Stock: Bill Rohr of GJ — 1965 Ford Mustang

Best of Mustang Modified: Jim Baughman — 2010 Ford Mustang

Best of Porsche: Lori Howard of GJ — 1973 Porsche 911T

Best of VW Group: Ben & Carol McNay of Fruita — 1973 VW Super Beetle Custom

Best of Muscle Cars: Phil Godsey — 1964 Ford Falcon

Best of European Exotics: Mike Ramirez of Westminster — 1969 Jaguar XKE

Best of Sports Cars: Hollis Lewis of Cameron, Texas — 1962 Shelby AC Cobra

Best of Trucks Stock: John Davis — 1959 Chevrolet 3100 Apache

Best of Trucks Modified: Steve Novelli of Heber City, Utah — 1957 Chevrolet 3100 Pickup

Best of Motorcycles – 1970 and earlier: Don Aust of GJ — 1928 Harley Davidson JD

Best of Motorcycles – 1971 and later: Tom Kelley of GJ — Kawasaki Vulcan Classic

Best of Rat Rods: Casey & Aaron Altenbern — 1942 Chevrolet

Best of Orphans: Lawrence Ungaro of GJ — 1962 Studebaker GT Hawk

Best of Low Riders: Henry Gonzales — 1937 Buick

Best of Imports: Jake Snider of GJ — 1995 Toyota Supra TT

Best of Race Cars: Jim Hindmarch — Ford GT40

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