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Annual Thunder in the Valley Car Show draws large crowd


Last updated 7/20/2022 at 10:07am

Karen AuBuchon Johnson

Jim and Kathy Coke's daughter, Kristine Caster of Pueblo, who now owns her father's car, is pictured leading the car cruise after the group made several laps around the PPIR race track. Coke's nephew, Mike Toth from Texas, was riding with Caster. Coke's granddaughter, Sheyenne Caster from Missouri, and another family member, Peggy Toth, were following in the second car.

Photos and Story by Karen AuBuchon Johnson

This year's Thunder in the Valley Cruise and Car Show had a record number of cars, 248, participating in the show and a large number of visitors to Metcalfe Park the weekend of July 8 - 9.

Friday evening over 50 cars participated in the annual car cruise which included a police escorted trip from Metcalfe Park to PPIR and back. Drivers in cars and trucks of all makes and years made several laps around the racetrack before coming back to Fountain.

After the cruise, car show participants, visitors and members of Jim Coke's family remembered Coke (March 17, 1940, to November 13, 2021) with a Celebration of Life and dinner in his memory.

Coke was a past president of and long-time member of the car club. His family members came from across the country to attend the Celebration of Life gathering and car show. He also had served on Fountain City Council, the Planning commission, Fountain Sanitation District Board and owned Coke's Diner.

Watch for results for the winners of the Car Show in next week's paper.

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