Scenic Buena Vista
Annual Car Show - Buena Vista, CO

(Photos of Classic Cars and Trucks, Commentary by Local Steve Garufi - July 6, 2008)

Car Show The annual car show, hosted by the Arkansas Valley Car Club, happened on Sunday (July 6) on East Main Street in Buena Vista. What an impressive array of classic vehicles!

This walk among so many beautiful cars was especially inspiring for me, because I recently bought a 1964 Cadillac. My Cadillac runs great and is in generally decent condition, but many things need improvement. The top five things are: Body work on the back right side, refurbishing the seats and replacing the upholstery, a quality paint job, a new windshield and fixing the front electric windows.

I spotted the one and only Cadillac in the show, a 1966 Cadillac, and I spoke for quite awhile with the owner and her husband. I made a decision that maybe, just maybe, if all goes well, I will take on fixing up my Cadillac and get it into next year's show. We'll see!

Enough of my rambing. Scroll down and enjoy all of the photos below. If you were not there, you really missed out, but there is always next year. Plus, I think my photos do a good job of helping you feel like you were there today! :)

All the best,

Arkansas Valley Car Club
Car Show
Special thanks to the Arkansas Valley Car Club for hosting the event. I learned there is quite a dedicated group of car lovers in the valley from Leadville all the way down to Canon City!

Bottom Photo: Pedestrians walk among cars on this blocked off portion of East Main Street.

One last note - The vehicles below are listed in chronological order from the year of their make. My computer automatically listed my photos by alphabetical order (and numerical) and listed them as such. I think it's appropriate to honor the oldest cars first anyway. (P.S. Below were just a small number of the cars at the show.)

1927 Star (Model R-6)
This was the oldest car in the car show, and it has an interesting history. The original owners lived in Buena Vista and you can click the right photo to read more details.
1927 Star 1927 Star

1948 International 1948 International
1948 International

I just love the bright green shade on this truck. Just beautiful!

1950 Ford

I had a friend awhile back who owned this exact 1950 Ford, but it was definitely not as restored as this one.

1950 Ford 1950 Ford

1957 Chevy 1957 Chevy
1957 Chevy
1957 Chevy

Two 1957 Chevys were in the show.

Notice the large circular "bumper" below the headlights. Ahhhhh ... you gotta love the American car designers of the 1950's! ;)

1959 Ford Truck

The red and white made the outside of the truck bright and attractive as it was, but the red and white on the inside was spectacular. Very nice!

1959 Ford Truck
1959 Ford Truck 1959 Ford Truck

1959 Oldsmobile
1959 Oldsmobile 88 1959 Oldsmobile 88
1959 Oldsmobile
1959 Oldsmobile Eighty Eight

I had a nice discussion with the owner of this particular vehicle. The original owners were his grandparents in Iowa, and over time, the car was "babied" and rarely driven by the late 1960's.

I really like the two-tone colors of white and lavendar (officially called "Heather"). Just a very pretty car!

1960 Ford Starliner

There was something about this car that kept my attention. You can see I captured seven photos of it ... that says a lot in itself!

The lavendar shade was very soothing yet inviting. And those fins! I did my best to capture the nearly horizontal fins on the sides.

Apparently, the Ford Starliner did not sell very well and underperformed as people were more attracted to the newly created Ford Galaxie and Ford Fairlane models back in the day.

Lastly, I was very impressed with the dashboard and inside of this vehicle. The shade inside was a darkish plum that went perfectly with the lavendar color on the outside.

1960 Ford starliner 1960 Ford starliner
1960 Ford starliner 1960 Ford starliner
1960 Ford starliner 1960 Ford starliner
1960 Ford starliner

1964 Chevy Impala 1964 Chevy Impala
1964 Chevy Impala
1964 Chevy Impala

I had a good talk with the owner (Vern) who lives in Leadville.

I love the back tail lights on this particular Impala!

1964 Ford Galaxie Convertible

Just amazing.

1964 Ford Galaxie Convertible 1964 Ford Galaxie

1966 Cadillac
1966 Cadillac
1966 Cadillac
1966 Cadillac
Because I own a 1964 Cadillac, I know I am biased in saying this bright white '66 Cadillac was the most sentimental and attractive car in the show! :)

Directly below is a photo of my car...

1964 Cadillac
Click the image to go to my web site about the car. (A new window will open.)

1966 Ford Mustang Convertible

Notice the inside of the seats have a pony design on them.

1966 Ford Mustang
1966 Ford Mustang 1966 Ford Mustang
1966 Ford Mustang

1967 Chevy Camaro 1967 Chevy Camaro
1967 Chevy Camaro

The yellow and black colors made this one sharp!

1967 Jeep M-715

The large tires were the big draw here. :)

1967 Jeep M-715

1967 Plymouth Barracuda
1967 Plymouth Barracuda 1967 Plymouth Barracuda
1967 Plymouth Barracuda

And to think this vehicle was a standard family car back then!

1967 Ford Fairlane

Like the yellow Chevy Camaro above, this Fairlane "wore" the bright orange well.

1968 Ford Fairlane 1968 Ford Fairlane

1968 Plymouth GTX 1968 Plymouth GTX
1968 Plymouth GTX

Sigh! Man, how I would love to ride this thing!

1969 Chevy Chevelle

I really like the front side - attractive headlights and a sporty look.

1969 Chevy Chevelle 1969 Chevy Chevelle

1971 Mercury Cougar Convertible 1971 Mercury Cougar Convertible
1971 Mercury Cougar Convertible

Ah yes, 1971 ... the year I was born!

The tail light and bumper design on this vehicle have that classic muscle car look.

1972 Plymouth Duster

So I was born in 1971, and the first cars my parents owned were a blue 1971 Plymouth Duster (that pretty much looked like this one besides a slight difference in the tail lights) and a 1973 Buick Century. Sweet memories!

1972 Plymouth Duster 1972 Plymouth Duster

1979 Jeep Wagoner Limo
1979 Jeep Wagoneer Custom Made Limo

Ha! This is a great vehicle!

Unknown Year and Make of Jeep

I did not know the year and make, but c'mon, Jeeps kind of all look the same anyway, don't they? :)

Below are pages to other cars & trucks I've admired:

  • 1953 Cadillac
  • 1955 Chevy Truck
  • Junkyard Photos
  • 1978 Jeep CJ-7 (Last Dollar Road)
  • 2004 Jeep (Ride to Tincup Pass)
  • Jeep

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