But just about any vehicle that’s “interesting,” whether it’s a truck, tractor, farm implement, or motorcycle, will be accepted at the free event that starts at noon, said organizer Shirley Bradbury. But a main attraction will be 18 classic Model Ts, compliments of the North American Touring T’s, which is including Montrose in a tour that ends in Buena Vista on Monday.
The nonprofit Black Canyon Classics Car Club, co-sponsor of the event, will also have classic cars for viewing, but all kinds of vehicles are welcome, Bradbury said, and car clubs from several states, including a local antique tractor club, have been invited to participate.
The event, which will run from noon ‘til dusk, is free to the public, and vehicles can be entered for $10.
There will be many categories of cars and other vehicles, she said, and trophies will be awarded, compliments of Flower Motor Company.
The event will also accept “fancy motorcycles,” Bradbury said. There’s even a category for classic cars that are not restored.
“It’s called the ‘survivor’ category and it’s anything you intended to rebuild or just haven’t restored yet — or may never,” she said. “It’s amazing the number of people around town with multiple old cars and trucks.”
The car show is being co-sponsored by the Colorado Tourism Association, a for-profit company Blackbury said she formed to promote tourism in the area. The company also sponsors the second annual Montrose Indian Nations Powwow which will be held at Friendship Hall at the Montrose County Fairgrounds Sept. 23-25, a week after the Council Tree Powwow, Sept. 16-19 at Confluence Park in Delta.
Although she hopes to make money, Bradbury said the real goal of the Colorado Tourism Association is to help local businesses by sponsoring events in Montrose, particularly in the fall, when tourism starts to drop off.
Fall color season is upon us, she said, hence the name of the car show.
“We’re already doing the powwow and we wanted something the weekend before, at the beginning of color weekend,” she said.
Bradbury stressed that her company is not competing with the Montrose Association of Commerce and Tourism, and said she goes to them for advice. Montrose ACT even provided a grant for the powwow, she said.
“We are not officially working with them, but we certainly get advice and talk to them regularly,” she said. “We are not trying to compete with anybody. Our goal is to help the area succeed and it’s important that we work together.”
In addition to all kinds of vehicles, the car show will also have food vendors, Bradbury said, and live music by area musicians. There’s no charge for vendors, she said, and those interested in having a display can just show up Saturday morning, as long as they bring their own table and chairs, because none will be provided.
Main Street stores have also been asked to participate in the car show by having their own sidewalk sales, she said.
All judging at the car show will be done by the vote of the people who attend, she said, and if someone wants to enter but can’t afford the entry fee, subsidies are available.
Bradbury said her main goal is to boost the local economy, which will get some help from the Model T club, since members are spending Friday night at a Montrose motel.
It’s just one small step, Bradbury said, in her goal of recruiting more business to Montrose.
“Our goal is to bring more people here, especially in late fall and winter when not that many people have a reason to come to Montrose,” she said. “Our goal is to keep coming with these things. Naturally, we are running it as a business and hope to make a little bit of a living from it, but our overall goal is to increase the economy here.”
For more information about the event, Bradbury can be reached at 970/275-5010.