Photograph ©2004 W. C. "Bill" Porter
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BLACK CANYON CLASSICS
||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,