Boulder Classic Car Show honors King Sopers shooting victims – Boulder Daily Camera

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.

Neil Corte checks out a vintage police 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)

One of the first place prizes was given to a 1969 Chevrolet Indy 500 speed car owned by Sid Swains of Lafayette.

He found the car for sale near Chicago through an automotive magazine and spent five years tracking down the original parts to restore it. He said the car was a gift to the city of Indianapolis and used to advertise the race. After the race, it was sold to a Buick dealer, who passed it on to a son who “tear the hell out of it.”

While he has restored other cars, he said, the faster car is his favorite. He won 58 awards, taking it to 60 car shows.

“You meet a lot of car people at the show,” he said. “It’s a lot of fun.”

Norm Smith, who lives in Denver, receives the Boulder Creek Staff Pick Starlight Award for his “Cardinal Red” 1957 Chevrolet Suburban. He bought the car in 1983 and spent nine years restoring it.

“These cars are achievements, and people like to show off their achievements,” he said. “I never know when another restored car will appear. You can learn from other cars.”

Rob Maher brings his black 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air to the show. He kept everything original for the car, adding that “it was perfect when it came out of the factory.” He found it in Pennsylvania, where he said it had been stored by a man’s mistress for years after he got into trouble over taxes.

“It’s a classic Americana vehicle,” he said. “It doesn’t get more classic than ’57 Chevy. I bring it to the show because I want to show it.”

A stuffed bee hides inside the hood of a car displayed 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)

Friends Theo Chasno and Pascal Pezillo, both 15, were part of the crowd checking the cars.

“They’re beautiful,” said Theo, who said his favorite was Camaros. “It’s great to see all these cars from different eras.”

Added Pascal, who likes Mustangs, “It’s good to see how much work goes into them.”

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