The British are Invading Bancroft Park to Support Old Colorado City Library

06/28/2011

PIKES PEAK LIBRARY DISTRICT
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Media Advisory
June 22, 2011

Media contact: Travis Duncan
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The British are Invading Bancroft Park to support the Old Colorado City Library

Colorado Springs, Colo. (June 22, 2011) – Little British Sports Cars owned by members of The Austin-Healey Club of America Car Show will invade Bancroft Park in the heart of Old Colorado City from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on July 4.

In conjunction with its annual Conclave – being held in Colorado Springs this year – the free Austin-Healey Club of America Car Show is raising funds for the Old Colorado City Carnegie Library at 2418 W. Pikes Peak Avenue, located near Bancroft Park. It is co-sponsoring with the Pikes Peak Library District Foundation’s “Buck Ballots for Books.” Members of the public and Healey sports car owners will be able to vote for People’s Choice Award-winning cars using either dollar bills, or purchasing ballots for $1 each to cast in ballot boxes placed before their favorite cars.

“We’re urging car owners and the public to vote like they do in Chicago – early and often,” said Gary Brierton, president of the Austin-Healey Club of America. “The fundraiser is our way of thanking Old Colorado City for hosting our group’s free car show July 4.”

Brierton, from Lexington, N.C., is among more than 300 sports car lovers who will travel to Colorado Springs for week-long festivities headquartered at the Crowne Plaza Hotel July 3 - 8.

Ballot boxes will be monitored by library representatives, with ballots collected and counted by them to determine the People’s Choice Award winner. The winner will be announced that afternoon at the park between 2 - 2:15 p.m.

“The Old Colorado City Library is honored to be the beneficiary for this event,” said Jocelyne Sansing, public services manager for Old Colorado City Library. “Just as the car club is dedicated to upholding sports-car preservation and traditions, the Old Colorado City Library’s staff is dedicated to preserving local history while offering modern library services. This partnership is a great example of honoring the old along with the new.”

“We are thrilled that The Austin-Healey Club of America chose Colorado Springs for their annual Conclave and that Old Colorado City has the privilege of hosting the car show. It will be a great opportunity for the community to see a beautiful collection of rare cars. In addition, they are helping our local library!” said Nelson Roseland, president of Old Colorado City Associates

The Austin-Healey Club of America is a national organization comprised of 46 local and regional chapters throughout Canada and the United States. The organization and its local chapters annually host a week-long Conclave for its 3,500 members at varying locations throughout North America. The club is dedicated to upholding the sports-car traditions and preservation of sports cars, other automobiles and speed boats produced by the Donald Healey Motor Company between 1940 and 1977 in the United Kingdom.

For more information about this upcoming event, contact Greg Lauser, Austin-Healey Club of America, at glauser@centurylink.net or 612-859-5062.

Pikes Peak Library District was founded in 1903. It is a nationally recognized system of public libraries serving a population of more than 535,000 in El Paso County, Colorado. PPLD’s fourteen libraries, online resources, and mobile library service make it a vital force for individual and community transformation.

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