Top rods take the hardware

Winners drove right up to the stage to collect awards.

From page 7A of the June 24, 2013 edition of The Pueblo Chieftain newspaper

By Anthony Settipani

The National Street Rod Association wrapped up its weekend-long event at the Colorado State Fairgrounds on Sunday with awards given out at the Pepsi Stage.

The awards represented picks by officials and sponsors of the event, and the selected vehicles rolled, rumbled and sometimes roared as they drove in front of the stage to pick up their awards.

Doug and Carol Kasel were there with their family in a 1944 Woodie station wagon.

Kasel said that he put the vehicle together himself.

“It’s a really nice car if you get the chance to look it over,” the announcer said as it drove up in front of the stage. “All the wood’s been re- placed, and it’s a really good car.”

“It feels good,” said Doug Kasel, of the Safety Inspection Pick award that he and his family claimed. “We’ve been coming here for 20-some years.”

Event director Frank Sloup made his pick for the awards based on both the car — a 1955 Crown Victoria — and the driver.

“It was the young guy that built it,” he said of his choice. “We’re trying to get younger people into the sport these days, and I’m gonna say the gentleman that built it was probably 35 years old. All the other people are my age.

“We look for that type of car,” he added. “The workmanship was beautiful.”

Bonnie and Rick Morgan visited from Eads with their 1962 Chevy C10. The truck won a Reps’ Pick award, and the couple was very excited to drive in front of the crowd and the announcers.

“It’s our first time and we are just thrilled,” Bonnie Morgan said. She explained that the truck had belonged to her husband’s great- grandfather, and said that he bought it and fixed it up before he passed away.

“But he had to complete it. And he did, and it got us here today,” said Morgan.

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