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Church, music and car show in Chino Valley, Sept. 22

Monte Colucci’s 1959 Ford Galaxie just one car among many

Monte and Terry Colucci with their 1959 Ford Galaxie. The car will be one among many in the Chino Valley United Methodist Church’s 11th annual Antique Car Show and Barbecue Saturday, Sept. 22. (Jason Wheeler/Review)

Monte and Terry Colucci with their 1959 Ford Galaxie. The car will be one among many in the Chino Valley United Methodist Church’s 11th annual Antique Car Show and Barbecue Saturday, Sept. 22. (Jason Wheeler/Review)

Next weekend, going to church means seeing a car show where, among others, Monte Colucci will be showing off his 1959 Ford Galaxie.

Colucci said he’s had the car for six years after buying it in New York. His son told him about it and sent pictures so they went and bought it, he said.

“It’s a piece of history and it draws a lot of attention, being a very pretty car,” he said, adding it’s “just enjoyable to drive.”

Colucci said he enjoys taking the Galaxie to as many car shows as he can, though he has to make a choice because he owns eight other cars that he takes to shows. He and wife, Terry Colucci, call it her car because his favorites are the early cars and his collection is primarily made up of cars from the 1920s.

Still, it’s a car with character as opposed to today’s cars, which Colucci said are so generic it’s impossible to tell what’s going down the road without seeing some sort of sign on it.

The Galaxie has been repainted with Ford Geranium paint, which the company used from 1957 to 1964, he said. Other than that though, it’s completely original.

“When the old couple that used to own this had it, it never saw winter weather, Colucci said. “It was put away in the end of October and not gotten out again until May, but October until May it never saw the inside of a garage.”

Colucci’s 1959 Ford Galaxie is just one of about 50 to 60 other cars that are going to be present at the Chino Valley United Methodist Church’s 11th annual Antique Car Show and Barbecue Saturday, Sept. 22. Held from 3 to 6 p.m., with the barbecue lasting from 4 to 5:30 p.m., there are prizes for first, second and third place favorite cars as well as door prizes.

Admission is free, though donations are accepted for the barbecue. All proceeds to towards Adopt-a-Family for Christmas and the Chino Valley Hungry Kids Project.

Last year, donations exceeded $1,000, said Sandy Jones of the Chino Valley United Methodist Church, 735 E. Road 1 South.

“Our goal this year is to exceed $1,500,” Jones said.

For more information, call the Chino Valley United Methodist Church at 928-636-2969.