Dave Seper, a a short while ago retired Boulder law enforcement sergeant, needed to fork out tribute to those who died in the mass shooting at the south Boulder King Soopers in March.
So he turned the finest-in-demonstrate award at the yearly charity auto display he organizes into the “Boulder Strong” award to honor all 10 people today who shed their lives, as well as renaming two other awards to honor two of the victims: Boulder Police Officer Eric Talley and Exclusive Olympian Teri Leiker.
“I’m going to carry these alterations on each calendar year,” Seper stated. “I really don’t want individuals to forget about.”
Together with honoring all those who died, the ninth yearly StarLite Traditional Vehicle & Motorcycle Show continued to gain Distinctive Olympics Colorado and the Regulation Enforcement Torch Run. The clearly show was held Sunday at the 22nd once-a-year Boulder Creek Hometown Pageant in downtown Boulder.
Altogether, 54 cars and trucks competed in the show. A different 4 were being introduced in from the garage of Stephen Tebo, of Tebo Attributes, for display screen.
The awards ceremony began with Tim Lambert, a senior deputy with the Adams County Sheriff’s Office, actively playing “Amazing Grace” on bagpipes, adopted by a instant of silence.
The motor vehicle present incorporates prizes in each and every of 10 categories, which includes a not too long ago added modern day vintage class for automobiles manufactured soon after 1985. This year’s “Boulder Strong” finest-of-display award, as nicely as the people’s decision award, went to a 1956 Ford T-Bird owned by Jodie Brown.
The “Top Cop” award, which goes to a present or retired police officer with a automobile in the clearly show, was provided in Talley’s honor. Talley, who was the initially officer to reply to the capturing, was a longtime supporter of Exclusive Olympics and a Torch Operate member.
The “Flame of Hope” award, which goes to a vehicle chosen by Special Olympics athletes, was specified in Leiker’s honor. Leiker, who invested 31 yrs functioning at King Soopers as a courtesy clerk, was a Specific Olympian who participated in monitor and discipline, basketball and softball.
1 of the initial location awards went to a 1969 Chevrolet Indy 500 pace vehicle owned by Syd Swennes of Lafayette.
He uncovered the motor vehicle for sale in the vicinity of Chicago as a result of an automotive magazine and put in 5 several years monitoring down original pieces to restore it. The auto, he reported, was a reward to the town of Indianapolis and utilized to advertise the race. Soon after the race, it ended up marketed to a Buick vendor, who gave it to a son who “tore the hell out of it.”
While he has restored other automobiles, he reported, the tempo auto is his beloved. He’s taken it to 60 car displays, successful 58 awards.
“You satisfy a large amount of motor vehicle people at demonstrates,” he said. “It’s a lot of enjoyable.”
Norm Smith, who lives in Denver, gained the Boulder Creek employees pick StarLite award for his “cardinal red” 1957 Chevrolet Suburban. He purchased the vehicle in 1983 and expended nine several years restoring it.
“These automobiles are achievements, and folks like to show their accomplishments,” he mentioned. “I never know when one more restored automobile is heading to demonstrate up. You can study from other automobiles.”
Rob Myhre brought his black 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air to the present. He stored every little thing initial to the car or truck, expressing it was “perfect when it arrived out of the manufacturing facility.” He identified it in Pennsylvania, exactly where he mentioned it was saved for yrs by the mistress of a man who hid it when he received in difficulty in excess of taxes.
“It’s a classic Americana automobile,” he stated. “It doesn’t get a lot more classic than a ’57 Chevy. I convey it to shows due to the fact I want to present it off.”
Friends Theo Chasnow and Pascal Pezzillo, equally 15, were section of the group examining out the cars and trucks.
“They’re beautiful,” explained Theo, who said his favorites are the Camaros. “It’s so neat to glimpse at all these vehicles from distinct eras.”
Additional Pascal, who prefers Mustangs, “It’s amazing to see how considerably get the job done goes into them.”