Boulder Classic Car Show honors King Soopers shooting victims

Recently retired Boulder Police Sergeant, Dave Sepper, wanted to pay tribute to those killed in the mass shooting at the South Boulder King Soopers in March.

So they changed the award for best-in-show at the annual charity car show held at the “Boulder Strong” award to honor all 10 people who lost their lives, along with two other awards to honor two of the victims. Renamed: Boulder Police Officer Eric Talley and Special Olympian Teri Leiker.

“I’m going to continue making these changes every year,” Sepper said. “I don’t want people to forget.”

7-year-old Adam Omar checks out a car at the ninth annual LETR Starlight Classic Car & Motorcycle Show. The show was held at the Boulder Creek Hometown Festival in downtown Boulder on Sunday. (Amy Bounds / Staff Writer)

As well as honoring those who died, the ninth annual Starlight Classic Car & Motorcycle Show continued to benefit Special Olympics Colorado and the law enforcement torch run. The show was held at the 22nd Annual Boulder Creek Hometown Festival in downtown Boulder on Sunday.

Altogether 54 cars participated in the show. The other four were brought on display from the garage of Tebow Properties’ Stephen Tebow.

Tim Lambert, a senior deputy with the Adams County Sheriff’s Office, plays bagpipes in honor of the 10 people killed in the March 22 shooting in South Boulder King Soopers. The victims were honored at the ninth annual LETR Starlight Classic Car & Motorcycle Show, held Sunday at the Boulder Creek Hometown Festival in downtown Boulder. (Amy Bounds / Staff Writer)

The awards ceremony began with Tim Lambert, a senior deputy with the Adams County Sheriff’s Office, playing “Amazing Grace” on the bagpipes, followed by a moment of silence.

The car show features awards in each of 10 categories, including the recently added Modern Classic category for cars made after 1985. This year’s “Boulder Strong” best-of-show award, as well as the People’s Choice award, went to the 1956 Ford. T-Bird is owned by Jodie Brown.

The “Top Cop” award, which goes to a current or retired police officer with a car in the show, was given in Tally’s honor. Tally, who was the first officer to respond to the shooting, was a longtime supporter of Special Olympics and a torch run member.

The “Flame of Hope” award, which goes to a car selected by Special Olympics athletes, was given in Leaker’s honor. Leaker, who spent 31 years working as an etiquette clerk at King Sopers, was a Special Olympian who competed in track and field, basketball and softball.

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