They came in coupes and trucks, some old and some new. Some were painted with eye-popping paint, while others were patched together with Bond putty.
No matter what they looked like, how they ran, or how old they were, they all contributed to an important cause: the Weld Food Bank.
As clouds rolled in over Greeley on Friday, car enthusiasts pulled 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. They donated about $3,000 to the Weld Food Bank at the 2021 club show.
As one of the founders of the annual car show, Craig Smith has been organizing and bringing together exhibitors and sponsors since its inception. Although his group behind the show has moved on, the event is still Smith’s “baby.”
“We used to do a United Way car show and I said, ‘Why don’t we do a food bank?’ Because we looked at the food bank when it was at the railroad,” Smith said. “The first time we wanted 50 cars and we got 83.
For Kaden Mighell, 22, of Greeley, the exhibit was an opportunity to present his latest project: a 1967 VW Beetle.
“I built it pretty much from scratch a couple of years ago and I’ve just been trying to look it over and get everything right,” he said. “My mom is part of the band that’s doing the show tonight. It’s close enough that I won’t break.
Mighell plans to tweak the small car’s suspension to “ride a little straighter” and the brakes.
“The brakes are also a big thing. I need better brakes,” Mighel said with a laugh.
Lined up in neat rows, hoods up, trucks open and tops down, cars of all makes, models and years awaited the crowd of fans as their proud owners sat nearby, ready to tell each car’s unique story.
Manny Sosa Convertible 1969 The Oldsmobile Cutlass earned recognition as one of the top five cars of the show.
“I had two of them earlier in the day and I just had to get one more,” he said.
The flawless black paint job with army green stripes and matching interior put Sosa’s ride in the top five cars at the show.
In addition to the car’s excellent condition, the small details – shiny chrome rims, fuzzy dice hanging from the driver’s mirror and dice details on the locks and air struts – caught the attention of prodigals.
While a top-five performance was a bonus, Sosa was inspired to help the community and the local food bank.
“I try to be involved in everything that’s local,” he said.
The Kiwanis Club of the Rockies is a non-profit organization affiliated with the Rocky Mountain District of Kiwanis that was incorporated in 1918.
The club strives to identify the needs of its community and help support them through service projects, fundraising, educational opportunities and other events.
Kiwanis clubs can be found in more than 80 countries. Each year, members organize 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.