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A supplement to the Friday, April 30, 2010 Reporter-Herald

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Under the Hood Cool Rides, 2010

On the cover: 1941 Ford Coupe chopped five inches, owned by Sherman and Janelle Broyles. Photo and cover by Dennis Book. Cool Rides is a supplement produced by the Loveland Reporter-Herald.

Rides 8 Readers’ Reporter-Herald readers sent in over 60 photos of their cool rides

Rods 6 Redeemer Local family combines love of muscle cars with faith

Students train for automotive careers at AIMS

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Hupmobile Skylark a rare local treasure

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Cool Rides gives readers a chance to show their muscle again looking for performance in their daily drivers. During the 80s my dad’s top requirement for our vehicles was trunk space. Now he he other day a new Dodge has a 5.4L 320 horsepower engine Challenger passed me on the road. It got me thinking in his F-150, which makes him grin when he hits the accelerator. — number one about how I seI imagine it’s a pretty similar cretly hated the lucky fella who grin to the one he had when he got to drive it, and number two about how cool it is that muscle is used to drive his ‘66 Pontiac GTO. back in the American auto indus- My dad and his brothers were in college when the muscle era hit tr y. It’s refreshing to see new mod- full stride, and they all owned a piece of it (see right). I decided to els mixing vintage muscle with join in and purchased my first modern technology. Back in my dad’s day (which from what I un- Chevelle a couple years back. It is derstand was several hundreds of needier than ten toddlers, but I love it anyway. ages ago), there were beefed up muscle cars everywhere. This Our readers are in on the fun went on until the early 70s, when too, and have sent in their autotightened emissions requiremotive pride and joy to share with ments and a more responsible en- you. The cars are listed on pages vironmental attitude put the gas 8-16 in this section. If you’re incap on the whole ordeal. terested in getting a closer look at the cool rides of the past, find a But now, muscle is the new local car show listed on page 17. black. Car shoppers are once JADE CODY SPECIAL SECTIONS EDITOR

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Above: My uncle Dennie’s fastback Ford Mustang, uncle Bill’s Chevy Chevelle and my dad’s Pontiac GTO lined up before they all left home to back to CSU for fall classes. Right: My first Chevelle, a 1972 SS with a 454 and a buildsheet.

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Skylark flies again or rebuilt. “At least 90-95 percent of everything had to be taken out and cleaned,” Hummel our-and-a-half years of said. “That is where the fourmeticulous crafting reand-a-half years came from.” stored the last 1941 Hummel restored and paintHupmobile Skylark that was ed springs. He built the motor ever made. Owner Frank W. mount 30 some years ago and Hummel of Berthoud poured modified it to put in an autohours of love and sweat into matic transmission. He then the masterpiece, a hobby triconverted the Camaro 350 umph that reflects his deep transmission to automatic passion and life work on autoand placed it in the Hupmomobiles. bile Skylark. The Hupmoblie Skylark was He had the interior reupholbuilt by Hupp and originally stered and found an original sold as a lower-end vehicle for Hupmobile seat in Connectibusiness men. Only 354 of the cut with healthy springs. He cars were made before Hupp also repainted the lime green went out of business. There window rims with a turquoise are at least 26 remaining color. He took out the metal Hupmobile Skylarks in the dashboard, converted it to a world. Hummel’s brother pur- photo frame for the garage chased this particular car in and then replaced the car’s the early 1950s and drove it dashboard with a wood one. until 1963. It sat outdoors for For the Love of Pine in Love10 years and then indoors for land rebuilt a rotten wood the next 21 years. Hummel frame that went around the purchased the car in 1994 trunk. The roof was made of and started the restoration. seven pieces. He worked and reworked each section to craft He bought a Camaro 350 and used its engine to replace a smooth finished car roof. the original engine of the “It is probably in better shape than the day it rolled Hupmobile Skylark. Every part of the Hupmobile was ex- out of the factory,” Hummel’s amined and several parts were grandson Ryan Dardano said. repaired, repainted, replaced At the age of 16, Hummel RHEMA MUNCY SPECIAL SECTIONS

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bought his first car and learned how to work on it. He taught himself mechanics and worked at a small garage in Berthoud before joining the Navy as a aircraft mechanic. After the war, he and his brother owned a large auto parts business in Denver where Hummel rebuilt several cars. He also spent 20 years teaching welding in the Denver school district. Hummel kept every receipt from the parts he purchased for the Hupmobile Skylark, including $445 spent on spray paint alone. Hummel stripped all of the exterior paint off so that his nephew could add the new black finish. When expressing the value of the car, Hummel mentioned that any person interested in buying the car in the future would have to bring a stack of $1,000 bills and lay them down one-by-one on the table until Hummel said to stop. “We don’t drive it that much,” Hummel said. “We take it out 3-4 times a year and pay $500 in insurance. It figures out to be $150-200 dollars each time we take it out to have a little fun. The thrill is worth it.”

Clockwise, Frank Hummel and his grandson Ryan Dardano with the car; the full body and license plate of the car; the disassembled Skylark ready for an engine replacement and new paint coat. RH photos/Rhema Muncy

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A Cutting Edge-ucation AIMS program designed to give students a practical yet cutting edge curriculum JADE CODY SPECIAL SECTIONS EDITOR

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ims Automotive & Technology Center Program Director Fred Brown’s mission is to stay ahead of the curve, ensuring the future value of his students’ education. “I try to Gretzky my program,” he said, referencing a famous Wayne Gretzky quote: “Skate to where the puck is going, not to where it is.” What Brown means is that he is training his students not only in today’s methods and techniques, but also for the automotive technology of the future. For example, his paint and body students are taught to use both waterborne and solvent-borne painting methodology, as waterborne, while not widely used today, will soon become the standard. Another example is the science lab, which is set up to educate students with alternative fuels that may become more standard in the future. The AIMS program currently has about 150 students who study in the 45,000-square-foot facility which opened earlier this year. While the AIMS automotive program is 40 years old, Brown has rebuilt the curriculum and the experience to a more evolving model taking advantage of his state of I See AIMS/Page 18

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Fred Brown, program director of automotive technology at the AIMS Automotive and Technology Center, shows some of the learning tools in one of the classrooms.

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Classic Faith

Family combines their love of classic cars with faith

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he Beckman family has found three common denominators in their lives — muscle cars, family and faith. As high school sweethearts, Gary and Theresa spent weekend nights cruising Loveland in Gary’s ‘69 Dodge Dart. Two boys and three cars later, they are still at it. Gar y’s 1968 Plymouth Roadrunner is the centerpiece of the garage, and was rebuilt and painted by Gary. It’s powered by a 440 engine supercharged by a Dick Landy B&M blower producing 680 horsepower on pump gas. It runs sub-12 second quarter miles. “It’s a driver,” Gary said. “This car is made for enjoyment.” The family takes it on short drives to Golden and around Northern Colorado, though long range trips are usually curbed by the Roadrunner’s fuel efficiency — at about 8 or 9 miles to the gallon, Gary said. Theresa, on the other hand, is more into the modern clas-

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Below, from left to right: Caleb with his Plymouth Duster; Gary in front of the Roadrunner; Theresa with her Pontiac Firebird. The duo completed body work and painted the car together. “This one’s a good one to learn on,” Gary said. The Duster is becoming rare, he said, because a lot of them ended up being used as drag racing cars. As members of Redeemer Lutheran church in Fort Collins, the Beckman’s

combined their faith with their automotive passion to start Redeemer Rodders, a small group car club at the church. The group has about 15 members, and meets for car shows and community outreaches such as providing car repairs and oil changes to those who can’t afford them.

“I’m just a car guy that wants to combine his faith with cars.” — Gary Beckman

Proceeds from their yearly car show (held on April 24 this year) go to youth groups within the church, who use the funds to go on missions trips throughout the year. Community support has been monumental, Gary said, with several Loveland merchants donating items for the shows. “I’m just a car guy that wants to combine his faith with cars,” Gar y said. For more information about Redeemer Rodders or Redeemer Lutheran church, call 970-225-9020.

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he Reporter-Herald invited its readers to send in photos of their rides, and that’s just what they did. There are over 60 photos in all, from motorcycles and imports to pickups and muscle cars. Readers’ cars can be seen on pages 8 through 16. This is Loveland’s street scene.

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1984 FORD MUSTANG 1986 MUSTANG SVO STREET CAR Owned by Marc Bean, this Mustang puts out 600 real wheel horsepower out of a 4 cylinder turbo engine. It runs a 10.6 second quarter mile at 132 mph.

Owned by Steve Weibley, who bought it for $300 as a run-around and turned it into this.

1968 CHEVROLET CAMARO 1970 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE Owned by Robert Griego

72 CHEVY SHORT BOX 4X4

1933 FORD SPEEDSTER ROADSTER

Owned by Fred Ginther. Pickup has an LS6 engine and a 4L65E transmission. It was just completed with the help of the crew at Ron Jones Garage.

Owned by Fred Ginther. Car has an LS1 engine and a 4L60E transmission. It has won numerous car show awards including Sweepstakes winner at Denver Auto Show.

Owned by Tom Warne — employee of Dellenbach Motors. Restoration and paint was performed by Warne.

1970 OLDSMOBILE CUTLASS Owned by David Schneider of Uncle Sneedly's Toy Shoppe in Loveland.

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1976 AMC GREMLIN

1967 MUSTANG 390 GT FASTBACK

Mike and George Lowe take a cruise in this original Gremlin with only 60,000 miles.

Owned by Edie Bowman: “During a midlife crisis my brother dared me me to buy my dream car ... so I did.”

1972 PONTIAC GRAND PRIX MODEL J Owned by Ron Morris, this Grand Prix is all original, from the paint to the interior to the 400 cubic inch engine.

1994 FORD MUSTANG COBRA Owned by Cindy Gray of the Reporter-Herald, this is No. 535 of 5,009 produced. It has a 5.0L V-8 and is one of 742 produced in Rio Red with Saddle leather interior.

1957 CHEVROLET BEL AIR CONVERTIBLE Owned by Art Kimble and purchased in Loveland in 1976. Owner has driven car 13,000 miles since doing minor restoration.

2007 FORD F-150 SUPERCREW Owned by Don Cummings, this pickup has a 5.4L engine with a Rouch supercharger pushing 400 horsepower. It has a six-inch pro comp lift on 35s.

1932 FORD THREE-WINDOW COUPE Owned by Dean & Cathy Buhler, members of the Road Knights Car Club.

1964 CHEVROLET EL CAMINO Owned by John & Virginia Montoya, who take the car on tours, cruise nights, etc. with VMCCA car club.

2003 CHRVROLET CORVETTE Z06 50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION Owned by Craig Olson, this ‘Vette has 405 horsepower, does 0-60 in 3.9 seconds and has a top speed of 189 mph.

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To put it mildly, the Davis family is a bit wheel crazy. From Jeeps to AMC muscle cars, this group loves horsepower. Grandmother Wilma Davis and her late husband LeRoy Davis Sr. set the standard with their ‘32 Deuce Coupe, and the rest of the family followed suit with their own cars. Pages 10 & 11 are dedicated to the Davis family’s rides.

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2003 FORD F-150 LIGHTNING 1970 AMC AMX Owned by Wilma Davis. This AMX runs King Street at Bandimere’s, and is driven by Mike Unrein (grandson in law).

1946 JEEP CJ 2A Owned by Luke Davis (grandson), this CJ has a 360 AMC engine.

1974 JEEP CJ5 1932 3-WINDOW FORD DEUCE COUPE Owned by Wilma Davis “Grammie” (LeRoy Davis Sr.). This Deuce coupe has a 474 cubic inch big block with chrome Inglese induction.

1968 FORD MUSTANG Owned by Rebekah Beckett (granddaughter).

Owned by Jared Persichitte (grandson), this Lightning has a 5.4L all forged internals, ported and polished heads, cams to match, astage 4 Steigmeier ported Eaton supercharger and produces 540 horsepower, 600 foot pounds of torque at 17psi of boost.

2007 SHELBY SUPER SNAKE

Owned and built by Jacob Davis (grandson). This frame-up restoration project transformed the Jeep into a CJ7 with a 360 AMC engine and a four speed transmission.

Owned by Luke Davis (grandson), this Gremlin has a 401 AMC engine.

1962 CHEVROLET IMPALA TWO DOOR HARDTOP

1968 CHEVY CAMARO

Owned by Ben (son in law) and Kim Beckett (daughter).

2000 FORD MUSTANG GT Owned by Jared Persichitte (grandson), who is at Andrews Air Force Base in Washington DC. This Mustang GT has a fully built 304 stroker motor putting out 345 horsepower and 387 foot pounds of torque.

DRAGSTER Owned by Jared Persichitte (grandson). this dragster has a 1998 chassis, a 540 big block putting out 1,000 horsepower through a Powerglide transmission. It runs in the NHRA class SuperComp on an 8.90 index at about 165 mph in the quarter mile. Drivers: Jared and (granddaughter) Kristyn Unrein.

1969 AMC GREMLIN

Owned by Dan Beckett (grandson), this Camaro has a 454 cubic inch big block.

Owned by Andy (son in law) & Kay Persichitte (daughter). This Shelby puts out 750 horsepower through a 2.81 Kenne Bell Supercharger and a six speed transmission.

1969 AMC GREMLIN Owned by LeRoy Davis Jr. (son).

1946 CUSHMAN CIVILIAN AIRBORNE Owned by JR Davis (son).

1934 FORD FIVE-WINDOW COUPE Owned by LeRoy Davis Jr. (son).

1957 CUSHMAN EAGLE Owned by Tom Davis (son).

1972 JEEP CJ5 Owned by LeRoy Davis Jr. (son), this Jeep was purchased new in ‘72.

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To put it mildly, the Davis family is a bit wheel crazy. From Jeeps to AMC muscle cars, this group loves horsepower. Grandmother Wilma Davis and her late husband LeRoy Davis Sr. set the standard with their ‘32 Deuce Coupe, and the rest of the family followed suit with their own cars. Pages 10 & 11 are dedicated to the Davis family’s rides.

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2003 FORD F-150 LIGHTNING 1970 AMC AMX Owned by Wilma Davis. This AMX runs King Street at Bandimere’s, and is driven by Mike Unrein (grandson in law).

1946 JEEP CJ 2A Owned by Luke Davis (grandson), this CJ has a 360 AMC engine.

1974 JEEP CJ5 1932 3-WINDOW FORD DEUCE COUPE Owned by Wilma Davis “Grammie” (LeRoy Davis Sr.). This Deuce coupe has a 474 cubic inch big block with chrome Inglese induction.

1968 FORD MUSTANG Owned by Rebekah Beckett (granddaughter).

Owned by Jared Persichitte (grandson), this Lightning has a 5.4L all forged internals, ported and polished heads, cams to match, astage 4 Steigmeier ported Eaton supercharger and produces 540 horsepower, 600 foot pounds of torque at 17psi of boost.

2007 SHELBY SUPER SNAKE

Owned and built by Jacob Davis (grandson). This frame-up restoration project transformed the Jeep into a CJ7 with a 360 AMC engine and a four speed transmission.

Owned by Luke Davis (grandson), this Gremlin has a 401 AMC engine.

1962 CHEVROLET IMPALA TWO DOOR HARDTOP

1968 CHEVY CAMARO

Owned by Ben (son in law) and Kim Beckett (daughter).

2000 FORD MUSTANG GT Owned by Jared Persichitte (grandson), who is at Andrews Air Force Base in Washington DC. This Mustang GT has a fully built 304 stroker motor putting out 345 horsepower and 387 foot pounds of torque.

DRAGSTER Owned by Jared Persichitte (grandson). this dragster has a 1998 chassis, a 540 big block putting out 1,000 horsepower through a Powerglide transmission. It runs in the NHRA class SuperComp on an 8.90 index at about 165 mph in the quarter mile. Drivers: Jared and (granddaughter) Kristyn Unrein.

1969 AMC GREMLIN

Owned by Dan Beckett (grandson), this Camaro has a 454 cubic inch big block.

Owned by Andy (son in law) & Kay Persichitte (daughter). This Shelby puts out 750 horsepower through a 2.81 Kenne Bell Supercharger and a six speed transmission.

1969 AMC GREMLIN Owned by LeRoy Davis Jr. (son).

1946 CUSHMAN CIVILIAN AIRBORNE Owned by JR Davis (son).

1934 FORD FIVE-WINDOW COUPE Owned by LeRoy Davis Jr. (son).

1957 CUSHMAN EAGLE Owned by Tom Davis (son).

1972 JEEP CJ5 Owned by LeRoy Davis Jr. (son), this Jeep was purchased new in ‘72.

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1984 HONDA CIVIC D16A1 Owned by James Goldman. This Civic is an original Honda swap with a full built custom interior and is a full custom car.

1985 HARLEY DAVIDSON FXWG Owned by Frank Strachan, this Harley’s transmission and engine were rebuilt in ‘04 with a STG 96-inch Hot setup with Crane Hi-4 5F ignition.

2007 SCION TC Owned by Jay Cummings, this Scion has a two-inch lowering kit, J-Line V.I.P. 18x15-inch wheels, full threeinch Tanabe exhaust, L.E.D. dash swap and cold air intake.

1960 HILLMAN (PRO STREET) Owned by Dick Aschenbrenner, this Hillman puts out 355 horsepower and has a 350 turbo transmission with a Dana 44 rear end.

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1971 CHEVELLE SS 454 1932 HUPPMOBILE & 1949 4X4 CHEVY PICKUP Owned by Scott & Evelyn Remus, both were home built by Scott.

SUPER MODIFIED CIRCLE TRACK RACE CAR Owned by Comp Wilson, this car has a six-inch offset, 500 horsepower small block Chevy engine, in/out box transmission and a Halibrand Quickchange rear end. It was raced from 1975 to retirement in ‘97.

Owned by Bob Belz, this Chevelle has a 365 horsepower 454, turbo 400 auto transmission, original Classic Copper color and is a true factory super sport car.

1955 FORD THUNDERBIRD Owned by Cheri WilsonBelz. This Thunderbird has a 292 V-8, three speed manual transmission with over drive, factory power options, Thunderbird Blue color and has been family owned since 1962.

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1970 DODGE CHALLENGER T/A Owned by Bob Bowman, this Challenger has a 340 Six Pack under the hood — the original motor and four-speed transmission.

1928 CHEVY COUPE Owned by Howard Morgan

1997 F250 DIESEL PICKUP Owned by Trevor Systma, this pickup has a 7.3L engine with a super chip, dual chrome pipes, six-inch lift with 35 inch tires, custom air intake and a Jenson sterio with Kicker comp 15 inch subs with Focal speakers.

1982 SUZUKI RM 465 Owned by Kyle Kingrey. This RM was restored by Russ Jennings.

1930 MODEL A FORD

1967 PLYMOUTH SATELLITE

Owned by Howard Morgan, this Ford is a sports model with a rumble seat in back.

Owned by Wayne & Stanette Martin. Car has a 318 engine and an automatic transmission with a console shifter.

‘79 PONTIAC TRANS AM

‘72 MUSTANG FASTBACK Owned by Carey Hosterman, this Mustang has a 460 engine with an 871 blower. “This car is street legal. It will pass anything but a gas station! We are looking at running in the mid-10 seconds this race season.”

Owned by Amy Hosterman, car has a 455 four-speed and runs mid-12s at Bandimere. “I have owned my car for 15 years and have done a few modifications. My husband spoiled me and my Pontiac with aluminum heads for Valentines Day! I’m a lucky wife of 19 years. Hopefully next year my Pontiac gets a five speed transmission for my birthday! A girl and car can dream, right honey? Hint hint.”

1974 AMC JAVELIN Owned by Austin Hosterman: “Hi, I am a senior at LHS. I am also a board member of the Colorado AMC Club and have started a Northern Chapter that has over 15 members. I have a ‘66 Rambler American drag car that I race at Bandimere, a ‘73 Javelin AMX that I am restoring, and a ‘74 sienna orange AMC Javelin with a 304 cid.”

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1965 VOLKSWAGEN ROADSTER PICKUP 1927 T ROADSTER PICKUP Owned by Sherman and Janelle Broyles, this pickup has a 2.2L Chevy engine.

Owned by Sherman & Janelle Broyles.

1941 FORD COUPE

1963 AMERICAN RAMBLER Owned by Sandy Stefek of Sandy’s Upholstery. This 440Htwo door hardtop was Sandy’s first auto upholstery project. Sandy has owned the car for 35 years.

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2003 HARLEY DAVIDSON Owned by Willy & Debbie Geyer, this Harley is a Firefighter’s special edition with a sidecar.

1972 NOVA SS Owned by Jim Lovell of Automotive Transmission Services. This Nova SS has a blown 350 engine.

1931 FORD MODEL A Owned by Jim Lovell of Automotive Transmission Services and member of the Road Knights Car Club.

FORD RAT ROD CUSTOM Owned by Cycle Central in Loveland.

1951 FORD PICKUP Owned by Dennis and Julie Knapp, this pickup has a 350 Chevy engine, a 350 transmission, power steering, brakes, air and 18- and 20-inch wheels.

1932 FORD FIVE-WINDOW COUPE Owned by Matt Frost, this ‘32 Ford has a blown 540 engine. Body and paint performed by Chemical Skin in Loveland.

1956 FORD FAIRLANE Owned by Cycle Central in Loveland.

1957 CHEVROLET BEL-AIR Owned by Joanna Straayer, this two-door sedan has a 283 V-8 with a Turboglide automatic transmission. It is 98 percent factory original. This model is one of 62,751 ever produced. “I bought this car to drive, not to show.”

1941 HUPP SKYLARK Owned by Frank Hummel, this Skylark is one of 354 ever built. There are 26 known surviving 1941 Skylarks. See story on page 19.

1930 CHEVROLET COUPE Owned by Cycle Central in Loveland, car is all original.

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ger to paint. Try to avoid wearing anything metal that could brush up against a car; necklaces and belt buckles are the biggest culprits here, but sunglasses on chords, buttons and zippers can also be a problem. If children are coming along, make sure they understand not to touch the car. Introducing kids to hot rods is a great thing, but avoid at all costs introducing them to an irate hot rod owner. Car shows can be accepting of dogs, but it is a good idea to check with the show’s sponsoring group before bringing four-legged friends. Make sure to keep all paws, claws and collars away from the paint. If you do find something on a car that deserves a closer look, or a particularly cool item that really just has to be felt to be appreciated, make sure to check with the owner first. And finally, if you like the car and

the owner is sitting or standing nearby, say something. Car shows are ultimately about community. These owners love their cars. Complements to a rodder’s car are next to compliments for their children on the ladder of what tickles an owner’s pride. If there is a question, most owners would be delighted to educate the public on whatever element of the car piques curiosity. The more information you gather, the greater the chance you will build your own hot rod someday. Some year soon you may be the quirky rod owner with the fuzzy dice hanging in the windshield at the car show answering questions and guarding your paint job with your life. Matthew Zlaten lives in Longmont and has attended car shows for his entire life with his dad. He dreams about building hot rods and hopes to fill his garage with a few of them someday.

THIRTEENTH ANNUAL COLORADO NATIONALS When: 8 a.m.- 5p.m. June 4 and 5; 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 6. Where: Larimer Country Fairgrounds About: Sponsored the Road Knights and Good Guys, this event will feature over 2,000 automobiles. Contact: www.coloradonats.com THIRD ANNUAL ALL AMERICAN CAR SHOW When: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., July 3. Registration for cars from 8:30-10 a.m. Where: The Outlets at Loveland About: Sponsored by the Northern Colorado Mustang Car Club, this show is open to all cars manufactured by American companies. Spectators attend for free. Contact: www.allamericancarshow.com CRUSIN’ WITH RUNZA When: 6-10 p.m., July 19 Where: Runza at 2204 N. Lincoln About: Will feature a free music, the Road Knights Car Club and face painting. 3RD ANNUAL CAR SHOW When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 25. Where: Chemical Skin Customs, 1604 N. Lincoln Avenue About: At the show, a 2010 Chevrolet Camaro will be raffled off, courtesy of Davidson Gebhardt. Contact: 970-635-1844

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the art building. Students are able to choose from several degree and certificate emphases, including service technology, collision, refinishing and repair and upholstery. Brown said the students are able to get both the classroom education and the practical experience to prepare them to flourish in an automotive career. Make no mistake, students at the AIMS Automotive & Technology Center are going to get their hands dirty. “We’re going to put you into actual practical application,” Brown said. The AIMS program also works with several high school level students to get college credits ahead of time. “It helpts students succeed from a high school level and helps them transition into college,” he said. AIMS also helps place its students in internships and job shadowing opportunities with local automotive business such as Weld County Garage, Heritage Ford, Spradley Barr and Ehrlich, along with a number of independent groups and smaller shops. “They can help me to custom build what it is that the industry is looking for,” Brown said. For more information, log onto www.aims.edu. RH photos/Jade Cody

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he second-annual Green Car Convoy stopped by Fifth Street and Cleveland Avenue on April 1. The convoy displayed different high efficiency vehicles powered by either diesel of flex fuel. The local car dealerships present were Co’s BMW Center, Mini of Loveland, Davidson-Gebhardt Chevrolet and Subaru of Loveland and Spradley Barr Ford of Fort Collins. Top, the Ford Fusion Hybrid, which won 2010 Car of the Year. Above, the Volkswagon Touareg TDI clean diesel SUV. Left, a Mini Cooper S Clubman that runs with high efficiency.

aking care of a classic car requires an involved awareness. Richard David Crouse, owner and manager of Custom Auto Incorporated, builds and restores classic cars. Here is his advice for keeping up cars: • Place the car in dry storage and out of the sunlight if possible. UV rays have a damaging effect on the paint, rubber parts and upholstery. • Check for leaks and the conditions of the tires before taking the car out. Collector often weigh a lot, causing the tires to carry a heavy load. •Check all fluids and gear cases. • Keep every part in good shape. It can be hard to locate the parts needed, and Crouse is always on the lookout for gems. His shop also builds and rebuilds needed parts for vintage cars and hot rods when they can’t be found. “It is important to have everything in good condition, especially on the brakes, steering and suspension,” Crouse said. • Make sure that the car is not out of alignment so that it won’t dam-

age itself. “If you drive it beyond its limits of maintenance, it will damage the car,” Crouse said. EXTERIOR CARE Owner of Wash Me Car washes Fred Ginther offered advice for keeping up the exterior of a car: • Be proactive from the start. A lot of older cars only went through a one step paint process so protecting the paint is very important. There is an added protection of a clear coat on newer cars. • Keep magnesium chloride off of the undercarriage. Road salt can also act as a corrosive product. Wash weekly to keep the car as safe as possible. Gravel can get dirt into crevices underneath the car, causing moisture build up and eventually rust the exterior. • Wax every six months to make the finish last longer. Wax will also keep the oils in the paint preserved. UV rays, tree saps and bugs can all damage the finish. • Wash at a professional car wash because the wastes are handled correctly. Washing in the driveway can dump waste into waterways. This award winning Norman Timbs Special roadster was restored and cared for by the team at Custom Auto in Loveland. Photo by Peter Harholdt

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