They came in coups and trucks, some old and some new. Some had eye-popping paint jobs while others were patched together with Bondo putty.
No matter what they looked like, how they ran or how old they were, they all showed up to support an important cause: The Weld Food Bank.
On Friday, as clouds rolled over Greeley, car enthusiasts rolled into the parking lot of the Weld Food Bank, 1108 H St., for the 25th annual Kiwanis Club of the Rockies Cruise for Food car show.
Participants paid a small entry fee and donated a non-perishable food item, to support the food bank. At the club’s 2021 show, they donated about $3,000 to the Weld Food Bank.
As one of the co-founders of the annual car show, Craig Smith has been organizing and rallying participants and sponsors for the show ever since its infancy. While his cohort in organizing the show has moved on, the event still continues to be Smith’s “baby.”
“Back in the day, we were putting a car show on for the United Way, and I said, ‘Why don’t we do one for the food bank?’ Because we took a tour of the food bank when it was out by the railroad,” Smith said. “The first one we did, we wanted 50 cars and we got 83.”
For Kaden Mighell, 22, of Greeley, the show was a chance to showcase his latest project: a 1967 VW Beetle.
“I built it pretty much from the ground up a couple of years ago and have just been trying to cruise it and get it all tuned up right,” he said. “My mom is part of the group putting on the show tonight. It’s close enough that I wouldn’t break down.”
Mighell plans to work on the little car’s suspension so that it “drives a little more straight” and its brakes.
“Brakes are also a big thing. I need to get some better brakes on it,” Mighell said, laughing.
Parked in neat rows, with their hoods up, trucks open and tops dropped, all different makes, models and years of cars waited for the crowd of admirers as their proud owners sat nearby, ready to tell each car’s unique story.
Manny Sosa’s convertible 1969 Oldsmobile Cutlass won recognition as one of the top five cars in the show.
“I’ve had two of them before back in the day, and I just had to get another one,” he said.
With its flawless black paint job adorned with Army green stripes and matching interior, Sosa’s ride was included as one of the top five cars in the show.
Along with the car’s great condition, it was the little details — the gleaming chrome rims, fuzzy dice hanging from the driver’s mirror and dice details on the locks and air stems — that caught the attention of lookie-loos
While earning a spot in the top five at the show was a bonus, Sosa’s main inspiration was to help support the community and the local food bank.
“I try to participate in everything that is local,” he said.
Kiwanis Club of the Rockies is a nonprofit and part of Rocky Mountain District of Kiwanis, which was chartered in 1918.
The club works to identify needs within its community and help support those needs through service projects, fundraisers, educational opportunities and other events.
Kiwanis Clubs can be found in more than 80 nations. Each year, members host nearly 150,000 service projects and raise more than $100 million for families, communities and projects.
For more information on Kiwanis Clubs located in northern Colorado, go to https://bit.ly/3BHFBcA.
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