The members of the Vintage Car Club of Castle Rock make no apologies about their thing for their cars.
They know they're obsessed. They know they spend too much on their toys. They know they have better things to do.
Wait. Scratch that last part.
When you're a vintage car lover sitting on a collection of showcase vehicles that would make a strong man go weak at the knees, there is nothing better to do than to find other collectors who will join you in your favorite activity: spending hours looking at, talking about, bragging on and lying over your cars.
Hence was born the Vintage Car Club of Castle Rock, which this year brings the fifth Classic Rock Cruise In car show to town, drawing more than 220 vintage cars on display in the streets of Castle Rock.
Truly a car lover's dream.
The Classic Rock Cruise In launched five years ago with 100 vehicles, said Mel Daley, car club treasurer. This year the club hopes to bring in 250 cars, with awards for Best of Show, Mayor's Choice, Most Likely to Be Pulled Over by Police — a winner chosen by the chief of police — and Hottest Car, selected by the fire chief.
Daley and the car club board look forward to a bigger show this year, with plans to make their own contributions.
There is the club's vice president, Sedalis resident Roger Maddaford, who is bringing the blue 1969 Pontiac Firebird he bought at a swap meet in 1996 as a vehicle for his then-teenage son.
Today the car is fully restored and worth about $30,000, Maddaford said.
Elizabeth resident John Kearns, the club president, is bringing his 1971 Chevelle convertible, which he bought in 2001 and transports in an enclosed trailer.
Like his fellow club members, Kearns' car is only on the road for car shows and organized cruises. Otherwise, the car is stored to maintain its value.
“You have to protect them from hail damage, sand, gravel, wrecks,” he said. “I don't drive it very often.”
The Classic Rock Cruise In is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 15 in downtown Castle Rock. The car show will be followed by a sock hop at 3 p.m. in the White Pavilion on Fourth and Perry Streets.
The cost to register a vehicle is $20 if pre-registered before the show or $20 for show-day registration. Registration information is available at www.theVintageCarClub.com. Registration the day of the show begins at 8 a.m. at 1 Stop Tire and Auto, 414 Wilcox St. in Castle Rock.
Car show entry rules: If it's cool, bring it
What: The Classic Rock Cruise In 2013
When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 15
Where: Downtown Castle Rock
For more information: www.theVintageCarClub.com