Nick Dodgson at Cars, Cigars, and Guitars

Nick Dodgson standing between his right a 2008 Shelby GT 500KR of which he drove in the Lemans 24 Hour supporting Ford GT Come Back to Lemans GT and left a 1930 Morgan Super which has been in his family for 50 years. Nick Dodgson is the owner of Cheyenne Motorsports and Midas in Cheyenne. 

The first annual charity car show, “Cars, Cigars, Guitars – under the stars” was this past Saturday and the event was a success. Raising money for local charities Family Promise of Cheyenne, Safehouse of Cheyenne, and Habitat for Humanity Laramie County, the The event was a volunteer effort by AHEPA Cowboy Chapter 211. 

The event has established itself as the premier charity Classic Car show in the Tri State region. Organizers say the event is “Automotive enthusiasts celebrating the motoring lifestyle and improving the community along the way!” – and this first event has succeed in that mission.

Tom Bradley and Nick Mores at Cars, Cigars, Guitars

1977 Jeep CJ-7 pictured owner Tom Bradley (left), and Nick Mores. Both also serve on the event committee.  

A major fundraising feature was a raffle of a 2020 Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 motorcycle, “Mr. Clean,” which was donated by Cheyenne Motorsports. It was won by George Mores, Jr. of Cheyenne.

About 250 people strolled the lawns at the “Greek Ponderosa” – the home of Tim and Kathy Joannides. Guests enjoyed classic cars, entertainment, cigars, food & beverage, and live music by Mr. Byrd & The Perfect Strangers.

Cars at cars, cigars, and guitars

Cars filled the pasture at the Greek Ponderosa on Saturday to raise money for three local charities.

The event was a large volunteer effort, with volunteers from the AHEPA Chapter and committee handling the cooking and car displays, and volunteers from the three benefitting charities helping with check-in, set up, vendors and hospitality.

The show organizers said they expect to release the amount of the funds raised for each charity in about a week. The date for next year’s event has been set – the first Saturday after Labor Day (Saturday, September 11, 2021).

Andy and Kay Persichitte

Andy and Kay Persichitte standing next to their 2007 Shelby Super Snake and their 1967 Ford Mustang Drag Racer. The couple actually races the Drag Racer with K.P. driving and A.P. mechanic. 

Premier Underwriter of the event was Charles Schwab - Sam Runyan. Major Underwriters were Ally Bank, Cheyenne Motorsports, The Cheyenne Post, Halladay Auto Group, Joannides Family Foundation, Quality Brands of Cheyenne/Bud Light, Smoker Friendly and Trader's Shoppers Guide.

Mr. Byrd and The Perfect Strangers

Mr. Byrd and The Perfect Strangers provided the live entertainment at 2020 Cars, Cigars, Guitars, Under the Stars Charity Car Show. Clockwise from the back, Mark Jones on keyboard, drummer Chris "Earlyman" Chimick, bass guitar Jeremy Royer, and lead guitar Ryan Whitehead. 

Additional event sponsors included: Big Al's Towing, Blue Federal Credit Union, Burns Insurance Agency, Capitol Lumber, Check's Ice, Cheyenne Frontier Days, Christopher Daifotis & Family, Clean Wheels Car Wash, Coca Cola Company, Debbie Martinez, Graphic Designer and Photographer, DT's Liquors, Godfather's Pizza, Hambone's Pizza, Keg 'n Kork, KFBC Radio, KGAB Raido, KRRR Radio, Laramie County Fire Department, Little America Hotel & Resort, Midtown Tavern, Mr. Byrd and the Perfect Strangers, Pine Bluffs Distilling, Sam's Club, Signs65, The Cubby Hole, The Ding Guy, The Metropolitan Downtown, Trophy Creative, Tyrrell Auto Centers, Uncle Charlie's, Western States Bank, Western Vista Federal Credit Union, WREA, Wyoming Bank & Trust and Wyoming Disposal Systems