Used Cars For Sale Pueblo Co – When the National Street Rod Association contacted local partners Kim and George Weldon about organizing a charity strip panel at the NSRA Rocky Mountain Street Rod Nationals this year, owners of Kustom Paint and Body at Pueblo West said they immediately knew which charity goals they wanted. to contribute to the sale.
With George Weldon becoming an old Pueblo pinstriper, he said when he got the chance, he wanted the money they made to be donated to John “Large” Largent – a Pueblo striped icon and an artist who fought stage IV prostate cancer. “He has become an icon for me,” Weldon said.
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“The NSRA said,” Hey, do you want to do this? “Dan (Largent) was the first person Kim and I thought about doing it. Who is better than the legend in this city? ”
To install the event’s first striped panel, Weldons reached out to pinstripers and automotive artists from all over the country and was able to recruit 30 artists to contribute time and work for that purpose.
The artists paid their own way to attend the event, but Kim Weldon said that with the help of the Pueblo community, organizers could provide free lodging at local hotels and free food during their stay in Pueblo.
“Pueblo came together and contributed and really helped us,” he said.
On Fridays and Saturdays, artists set up shop in the corner of the Southwest Events Center, carefully crafting the design of stunning and intricate color lines, which are auctioned at the end of each day.
Kim Weldon said he would attend the event, he and George hoped to achieve their fundraising goal of around $ 5,000 for two days of panel activities.
But that goal was quickly exceeded – more than $ 7,200 was raised for Largent on the first day of the panel.
Perhaps this is the most appropriate way to raise money for 76-year-old Largent, who began his own career in 1956 and is one of the main forces in bringing Rocky Mountain Street Rod Nationals to Home of Heroes.
“He knows a lot of these people and many of these people who work with him and compete for his entire career,” Kim Weldon said. “And now they all gather to do this and give him money. This is interesting. ”
Although striped panels come and go on Fridays and Saturdays – and will return next year, with results that might be another charity – the Rocky Mountain Street Rod Nationals continue on Sunday with a full day for participants to enjoy more than 2,000 custom road trails that take over the Colorado State Fairgrounds every year.
But according to Tom Wilkerson, a director of a special program for NSRA, not a car that makes annual events so desirable, it is the people.
“The cars unite us, but it’s about people,” he said.
“Friends gather together, people you haven’t met for years, people you’ve bought cars from or exchanged parts. It’s all about people. We are in the business of people. ”
Wilkerson said the event organizers had expected between 15,000 and 20,000 people during the event, who traveled from as far as Arizona, California, Minnesota, Texas, North Carolina, New Jersey and everywhere in between.
“Look at the place of this exhibition. Look at this weather. Look at the food and hospitality they give us here. I mean, how do you beat that? “Wilkerson said.
“Then you have all the national attractions like Pikes Peak and Royal Gorge, you get beautiful mountains and waters. I mean, hello! Who doesn’t want to be here? This isn’t just a car show, it’s a vacation. “
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