The annual car show in downtown Grand Junction brings out some of the coolest cars around and we get to pick the KOOLest car in the show.

Picking the "KOOLest" car in the show is a challenging task, with so many great automobiles to choose from. For this particular award, there is no specific criteria. It may be the uniqueness of the car, the beauty, the story - there's just not one certain thing we look for.

This year, the award for the KOOLest Car went to Charles Richmond from Sun City, Arizona for his 1959 Nash American.

Zane Mathews
Zane Mathews


Charles said he "rescued" this car from a shed in Montrose - and the transformation was remarkable. Typically, these cars are white or light green, but Charles went with the two-tone red and black, which really caught my eye. The result was a very unique look to a classic car, worthy of this year's KOOLest Car award.


Zane Mathews
Zane Mathews

It's always tough to narrow this award down to one. And you can see why. Here some of the other cars that were in the running for the KOOLest Car award.

Here is a complete list of winners from the 2019 Fuoco Motor Company Downtown Car Show.

KOOLest Car
Charles Richmond, Sun City, AZ - 1959 Nash American

Most Likely to Get A Speeding Ticket
Julie, Dorsey, Grand Junction - 1953 GMC Truck

Mayor's Choice
Miles Legacie, Fruita - 1969 Pontiac GTO Judge
Young Owner Award
Deagan Davis,14, Vernal, UT - 1963 Mercury Monterey

Car Traveling the Most Miles to Attend
Charles Richmon, Sun City, AZ - 576 Miles

Best Use of Retirement Funds/US Bank
Earl Ritter, Grand Junction - 1968 Camaro Super Short

Mobility Driven's Top Pick
Josh Cantu, Grand Junction - 1964 Ford Falcon

Fuoco Most Desired Trade-In
Clint Kelly, Grand Junction - 1971 Chevrolet K-10

Electric Avenue Award
Aaron Young, Grand Junction - 201 Tesla Model X 100D

People's Choice
Sos Valdez, Ogden, UT - 1956 Chevy 2-door Sedan

Best in Show ( Voted by car show participants)
5th Place - Gary Thompson, Montrose - 1961 Volkswagon Beetle
4th Place - Sos Valdez, Ogden UT - 1956 Chevy 2-door Sedan
3rd Place - Donald Swan, Carbondale - 1968 Ford Mustang
2nd Place - Paul Massei, Gypsum, 1976 Ford Bronco
1st Place - Sherrie & Dennis Brown, Steamboat - 1940 Ford Deluxe Coupe

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