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Fast Cars & Hot Policemen

"Colorado Special Delivery" artistamp by The Olathe Poste
Photograph 2004 W. C. "Bill" Porter


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Luckily for The Olathe Poste, the policeman is only "hot" because at the time of the photo shoot, it was late afternoon on a hot summer day.

Opening day of the Black Canyon Classic Car Club's annual show in late July 2004 found us perched atop a ladder at the entrance to the show, cameras ready for the arrival of roughly 200 antique cars. Our eyes opened wide when this Dodge Viper, with Colorado State Police markings came rolling in as a show vehicle.

After all the cars were settled in their spots for the public to peruse. The owner of the Viper asked us if we'd do an impromptu shoot of the car, with CSP Officer Keith, for potential use by the CSP on a poster. The poster was being put together as a scholarship fund raiser in the name of a friend of ours, Jason Manspeaker, who was killed in the line of duty a few years ago, while serving as a Colorado State Police officer.

Following the day's activities in 100 degree heat, we carefully moved the Viper off-road into a nearby city park. Officer Keith struck the stern, no-foolin' pose, and here you see the result.

Even tho' I've got a large reproduction of this stamp as part of our advertising, plastered prominently on the rear windshield of my pickup truck. I'm sure I'll still kick myself when I look up in my rear view mirror someday to see the real thing behind me, wanting to issue some sort of "good driver award." Special Delivery, of course!


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