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Oak Creek hosting car show

Great Race cars will head to Decker Park in June

Susan Cunningham

Antique car-lovers across Routt County work tirelessly in old garages and barns to bring some of the world’s classic cars back to life.

On June 28, they will have a chance to share their passion.

Oak Creek is sponsoring a local car show for Northwest Colorado that will start two hours before cars from the Great Race — the longest running vintage automobile rally — come to downtown.

The show will be fun, friendly, and open to anyone with an interesting vehicle, said Bob Baker, who is organizing the event.

“There’s really no organization now in Northwest Colorado for car collectors, so we were like, ‘Let’s all get together and show each other what we’re doing with our automobiles,” Baker said.

“(Antique cars) are kind of stuck away in corners and people’s garages. There is an amazing number of people here who have car and motorcycle projects, but they just never get together.”

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Baker collects French cars from the ’50s and ’60s. He has a dozen in a barn, including a 1952 Citroen with front wheel drive that “looks like a gangster car.”

The show will give collectors a chance to show off their work, meet others with similar interests and learn solutions to difficulties such as finding parts or fixing certain problems, Baker said.

The show will start at 1 p.m., with cars from the Great Race rolling in from 3 to 6:30 p.m. at Decker Park. The Great Race cars will then travel to Steamboat Springs and will stay through the night.

The Great Race, which takes cars from Jacksonville, Fla., to Monterey, Calif., is a street-legal, timed-endurance rally race that has vintage cars traveling 170 to 480 miles a day on back roads.

The town and the Historical Society of Oak Creek and Phippsburg are sponsoring the Great Race stop in Oak Creek and will give out free snacks and lemonade and iced tea while the Great Race cars are announced and displayed.

“I think it’s a good thing for the town,” Oak Creek Mayor Kathy “Cargo” Rodeman said. “It will just help show off the town.”

Baker said the car shows will be fun for those who love cars and those who know nothing besides where to put the key and how to pump gas.

“It’s so interesting to see the kind of projects people have,” Baker said. “Everyone is into cars in some way. This is America, right?”

Anyone interested in participating in the car show should contact Baker at 736-8278, or Rodeman at 736-2422.

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