Revs up support for Search and Rescue

The 27th Annual Angel of Shavano Car Show cruises into Salida’s Riverside Park Saturday, Aug. 4, providing a day full of impeccably restored, lovingly loaded and creatively tricked-out vehicles to benefit Chaffee County Search and Rescue South.

Search and Rescue’s Brad Craig said the first car show was recommended 27 years ago to raise funds for equipment and training for the search and rescue group, an all-volunteer team that has saved many lives in the most challenging of terrain. “A heartfelt thanks to this year’s main sponsors, Salida Auto Sales, Collegiate Peaks Bank and Big O Tires and the many more businesses that participate,” says Craig.

A meet and greet from 4-7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3, at Salida’s Wallbanger’s Sports Bar and Grill gives participants a chance to register and receive information, swag and even a trophy for the first 100 entrants. It’s a chance to share some serious automobile enthusiasm and meet the local and visiting folks who will show their souped-up handiwork on Saturday.

The popular “Engine Meltdown” at 11 a.m. Saturday features a junker car at F Street and Sackett Avenue, provided by Gunsmoke Towing, with no oil or water so patrons can register a guess as to how long it will last until meltdown. It’s only a dollar to enter and the closest guess splits the “pot” with the host.

Prizes at 2 p.m. will go to the seven best specimens, the “Shavano 7.” Entries are judged on appearance, mechanical prowess and street cred. Musician Red Tischer will be the all-day DJ, spinning classic car music to set the mood.

To register your car, visit or call 719-207-0287, or stop by the show to help Search and Rescue maintain essential gear like dry suits for whitewater rescue, and new defibrillators.