Kiwanis of the Rockies host the 25th Annual Cruise for Food Car Show benefiting the Weld Food Bank

Kiwanis of the Rockies host the 25th Annual Cruise for Food Car Show benefiting the Weld Food Bank

They came in coups and trucks, some old and some new. Some had flashy paintwork while others were patched together with Bondo putty.

No matter how they looked, how they walked or how old they were, they all came to support a cause that matters: The Weld Food Bank.

On Friday, as clouds rolled over Greeley, car enthusiasts rolled into the Weld Food Bank parking lot at 1108 H St. for the 25th annual Kiwanis Club of the Rockies Cruise for Food car show.

Participants paid a small entry fee and donated a non-perishable food item to support the food bank. At the club’s 2021 show, they donated about $3,000 to the Weld Food Bank.

As one of the co-founders of the annual auto show, Craig Smith has organized and collected attendees and sponsors for the show since its inception. While his cohort has moved on in organizing the show, the event is still Smith’s “baby.”

GREELEY, CO - AUGUST 05:Running horses decorate the inside of the hood of Mike Yost's 2014 Ford Shelby GT 500 during the Kiwanis Club of the Rockies annual Cruise for Food car show fundraiser at the Weld Food Bank in Greeley on August 5, 2022. The The fundraiser, now in its 25th year, benefits the Weld Food Bank.  (Alex McIntyre/Staff Photographer)
GREELEY, CO – AUGUST 05: Galloping horses decorate the inside of the hood of Mike Yost’s 2014 Ford Shelby GT 500 during the annual Kiwanis Club of the Rockies Cruise for Food Car Show benefit event at the Weld Food Bank in Greeley on August 5 2022. Now in its 25th year, the fundraiser will benefit the Weld Food Bank. (Alex McIntyre/Staff Photographer)

“We used to do a car show for United Way and I said, ‘Why don’t we do one for the board?’ Because we took a tour of the panel when she was on the railroad,” Smith said. “The first thing we did, we wanted 50 cars and we got 83.”

For Kaden Mighell, 22, from Greeley, the show was an opportunity to present his latest project: a 1967 VW Beetle.

“I pretty much built it from scratch a few years ago and was just trying to cruise it and get it all set right,” he said. “My mom is part of the group that is putting on the show tonight. It’s close enough that I wouldn’t collapse.”

Mighell plans to work on the little car’s suspension to make it “straighten out a bit” and on its brakes.

“Brakes are also a big deal. I’ve got to brake it better,” Mighell said, laughing.

Parked in neat rows, with hoods lifted, trucks open and tops down, cars of all makes, models and years waited for the crowd of admirers while their proud owners sat nearby, ready to tell each car’s unique story.

Manny Sosa’s 1969 Oldsmobile Cutlass convertible was recognized as one of the top five cars in the show.

“I’ve had two of these before, and I just had to have another one,” he said.

GREELEY, CO - AUGUST 05:From left, Bryce Blackburn, Xavier Blackburn and Fanacy Blackburn look over Manny Sosa's 1969 Oldsmobile Cutlass Convertible during the Kiwanis Club of the Rockies annual Cruise for Food Car Show fundraiser at the Weld Food Bank in Greeley August 5 , 2022. The fundraiser, now in its 25th year, benefits the Weld Food Bank.  (Alex McIntyre/Staff Photographer)
GREELEY, CO – AUGUST 05:From left, Bryce Blackburn, Xavier Blackburn and Fanacy Blackburn look on at Manny Sosa’s 1969 Oldsmobile Cutlass Cabriolet during the annual Kiwanis Club of the Rockies Cruise for Food Car Show fundraiser at the Weld Food Bank in Greeley on August 5, 2017 August , 2022. The fundraiser, now in its 25th year, will benefit the Weld Food Bank. (Alex McIntyre/Staff Photographer)

With its pristine black paint job adorned with army green stripes and interior to match, Sosa’s vehicle was included as one of the top five cars in the show.

Aside from the car’s great condition, it was the small touches — the shiny chrome rims, the fluffy dice hanging from the driver’s mirror, and the dice detailing on the locks and air ducts — that caught the lookie-loos’ attention

While getting a top five spot at the show was a bonus, Sosa’s main inspiration was to support the community and local food bank.

“I try to get involved with whatever is local,” he said.

GREELEY, CO - AUGUST 05:A dice adorns the door lock on a 1969 Oldsmobile Cutlass convertible owned by Manny Sosa during the Kiwanis Club of the Rockies annual Cruise for Food car show fundraiser at the Weld Food Bank in Greeley on August 5, 2022. The fundraiser, now in its 25th year, benefits the Weld Food Bank.  (Alex McIntyre/Staff Photographer)
GREELEY, CO – AUGUST 05: A dice decorates the door lock of a 1969 Oldsmobile Cutlass convertible owned by Manny Sosa during the annual Kiwanis Club of the Rockies Cruise for Food Car Show fundraiser at the Weld Food Bank in Greeley on August 5 2022. Now in its 25th year, the fundraiser will benefit the Weld Food Bank. (Alex McIntyre/Staff Photographer)

The Kiwanis Club of the Rockies is a non-profit organization and part of the Rocky Mountain District of Kiwanis, founded in 1918.

The club works to identify needs in its community and to support those needs through service projects, fundraisers, educational opportunities, and other events.

There are Kiwanis clubs in more than 80 countries. Each year, members host nearly 150,000 service projects and raise more than $100 million for families, communities and projects.

For more information on Kiwanis clubs in northern Colorado, visit https://bit.ly/3BHFBcA.

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