Seventh annual Glenwood Car Show takes place this Saturday |

Seventh annual Glenwood Car Show takes place this Saturday

Kevin Keller
Post Independent Intern
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – At a town meeting for the Downtown Business Association eight years ago, Dennis Bader brought up the idea of having a car show in downtown Glenwood Springs. The idea was met with acceptance, but they told him “you organize it.”

Eight years later, the seventh annual Glenwood Downtown Car Show, organized by Dennis Bader and Bart Victor, will be this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in between Seventh and Eighth streets in Glenwood Springs.

Bader, 56, and his wife Lynn, own the Flower Mart in downtown Glenwood Springs. He remains the organizer for the annual event and includes his Ford Model A in the show.

Bader said cars that are usually found in museums will be found at the show.

“It’s a free, high quality event that’s a good chance to see high quality cars up close and personal,” Bader said.

Bader added that the show has really taken off in the past couple of years and that it has a good reputation among visitors and car owners alike.

“I think the social aspect is a big part,” he said. “Bonding with people with a like mind about cars, learning about other cars. You might have to go to a museum to see cars like this.”

Bader added that although it is a lot of work organizing the event, it is something he enjoys doing for the community.

“It’s a major commitment, but if you live in a community you need to give back eventually.” Bader said. “The community supports us at the Flower Mart, so it’s just one way of giving back.”

One purpose of the event is to get people downtown and see what is going on in Glenwood Springs, Bader said. Another is to bring a wide variety of classic and collectable automobiles to the area for citizens to enjoy.

The visitors will select the grand-prize winner, who will receive a custom cruiser bike from The Gear Exchange. Awards will also be given for ladies choice, participant’s choice, and judge’s choice – each will receive some form of keepsake.

Stan Speck, 68, said he has participated in the show every year because he is a car guy.

“I like old cars, and we’re expecting some really good ones,” Speck said.

Speck, who won the grand prize a couple of years ago with his 1930 Ford Model A Roadster, said it’s good to see a lot of friends who are car guys.

“I get to see them, hang out all day, have kids get in the cars and it’s fun,” he said. “I think it’s grown because people enjoy it.”

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