As part of its celebration of Early Settlers Day and National Hispanic Month, Otero Junior College will be hosting its 4th Annual Shine n’ Show Car Show on Saturday September 14, 2013 from 10am – 3pm at 15th and Santa Fe Avenue, the north end of the OJC Rattler Field.
Co-sponsor this year, the OJC Automotive Technology Program, will have demonstrations throughout the day using an engine designed for classroom instruction. Instructor Doug Gabehart, a car collector himself, will have students demonstrate some of the information that they have learned thus far in their training to become certified mechanics.
OJC’s Shine n’ Show car show is for everyone who has a vehicle they would like to share with the community. All cars from the superbly polished to the ones that are a process in works are welcome to go on display.
Debbie Phillips, OJC’s coordinator of campus and community events, stated the “OJC Shine n’ Show car show is not a judged event, rather it is an opportunity for car and truck owners to tell a story about their vehicle and share the pride they have in their vehicle with the public”.
There will be gift bags for all entrants and several prizes to be determined by visitor balloting. A $100 gift certificate sponsored by NAPA Valley Auto Parts will be awarded to the People’s Choice along with various prizes for the furthest traveled, oldest vehicle, and most unique just to name a few.
“We’re hoping to have a wide variety of cars, including: hot rods, muscle cars, classics, antique cars, custom motorcycles, low-riders and all custom specialty vehicles,” said Phillips. “Most car shows involve an hour of frantic polishing followed by an hour of walking the lot to check out the competition. This show will be a little different because we want car owners to come, bring their prized possessions, setup, relax and share their vehicles with the spectators who attend,” she said.
This year’s show will feature a special category for children 14 and under. Kids are encouraged to enter their custom bikes, pedal cars, go-carts, homemade scooters, soapbox derby cars and whatever they have that is unique and has been customized in some fashion by the entrant. Kids’ entries are free and they will receive a t-shirt and gift bag for entering. Prizes will be awarded that day in a variety of categories.
OJC Students who are car enthusiasts, collectors or in the process of restoring a vehicle are encouraged to participate. Students with current OJC IDs will receive free entry into the car show. Last year’s event included several vehicles in various stages of restoration entered by OJC students; from vehicles at their beginning stages of restoration to completed, polished, collector vehicles. This is an opportunity for OJC students to show off their skills and love of cars.
Registrations for the car show are currently being taken; entry fee for the first car is $10 which includes a t-shirt and gift bag with the second entry fee of only $5. Entry forms and information are available on the OJC website at www.ojc.edu/ShineNShow.aspx or by calling Debbie Phillips, 719-384-6863 or stopping by Humanities Center Room 119. Entrants can register directly online or print the form and mail it in with registration fee.
Entries the day of the show will begin at 9am. Vehicles that will be participating in the parade are welcome to come join the show when the parade is over. We welcome everyone to participate and invite the community to come see the fabulous vehicles that will be on display. See you at the car show!
Photo Caption: New and old cars participated in last year’s Shine N’ Show Car Show. Ben Garcia, OJC Softball coach displayed his 2006 Chevrolet Corvette which is stock car with minor upgrades alongside the 1926 Chevrolet Convertible Couple Model L owned by Royce Melia of La Junta. Melia is only the second owner having purchased his Model L in 1949 from the original owner.
Photo Caption: This beautiful 1923 Ford T-Bucket hot rod was displayed by Robert and Lorraine Rodriguez of Rocky Ford at the 3rd Annual Shine N’ Show Car Show. The car show draws unique and interesting vehicles from not only our area but as far away as Garden City, Kansas. This year’s Shine N’ Show Car Show will again be held in conjunction with Early Settler’s Day on Saturday, September 14th.