Especially when we cover a show for the first time, there's sweet anticipation. The morning of travel, we rise early with our game face on. If the event is out of state, air travel is inevitable. We have to remember not to wear a belt, have sneakers on, be without change in our pockets, place car keys and cell phone in the camera bag, and wear a big smile for the security guards.
The flight to Denver, via Salt Lake City, went with-out incident. Pikes Peak International Raceway in Colorado Springs, Colorado, was the location for the Goodguys 8th Colorado Springs Nationals, held September 9 through September 11, 2005. Travel went so smoothly on Thursday, we made it to the host hotel fast enough to scout out the parking lot for early-arriving vintage trucks. Surprisingly, none were in evidence.
Hoping to see some pristine haulers at the racetrack, early Friday morning we were on the scene with the first show registrants. We hustled around the venue in search of the finest old Chevys, Dodges, Hudsons, Internationals, Studebakers, and Fords. Not too many were on hand. We wondered why. After talking to many returning attendees and participants, we learned something. Colorado shows typically don't draw big crowds on Friday. Show-stopping attendance is usually on Saturday and Sunday. Employers, please let your colleagues be at the Colorado shows on Friday. Let it be known that Custom Classic Trucks advocates working and playing hard!
Now that we've voiced our opinion, we can get back to the Colorado Springs Nationals. Attendance on Saturday and Sunday was astounding. Award-worthy pickups from every era were present both days. What with all the weekend's hot rod hauler entries, CCT's feature editor had a hard time narrowing the field to the CCT Top Ten. He managed to find an eclectic group of Studebakers, Chevys, a GMC, an International, and some Fords. Get your game face on and discover the goings on at the Goodguys 8th Colorado Springs Nationals. With any luck, you'll be so impressed you'll attend next year's event, starting on Friday. For more information on all the Goodguys events, visit the website, www.good guys.com.
Friday participant, Chuck...
Friday participant, Chuck Macchieto of Rye, CO, drove his freshly finished '65 Chevy C10 to the show. It's powered by the reliable 383/350 combo, but you know that, since you've already read the article in this issue ("A Chevy's Renaissance," page 62).
With a 454ci big-block engine...
With a 454ci big-block engine and a TH400 trans in place to power Mr. Reister's '48 Chevy, rapid transit is a given.
We gather Speedy Jenn's Speed...
We gather Speedy Jenn's Speed Shop is located in Colorado Springs, CO. Jenn and the '36 Ford shop truck reside there. Also, check out the big skies that envelop all of Colorado.