Colton Amster operates Redline Restorations, an automotive restoration facility in Bridgeport, Connecticut. In addition, Colton Amster has supported the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
On May 14, 2016, Make-A-Wish Connecticut hosted the annual Walk For Wishes at Beardsley Zoo to celebrate its 30th year. More than 1,000 people attended the walk, which sought to raise funds for children with life-threatening illnesses. In total, the donations amounted to $70,000, enough to fulfill the wishes of seven children.
The MCs of the event were Anna from Star 99.9’s Anna & Raven Show Mornings and Kristi Olds from News12 Connecticut. More than 30 kids whose wishes had been granted attended the opening ceremony so that they could share their experiences with the guests.
The event also featured a celebration of the wishes of Max and Nicholas, seven-year-old Stamford twins who are fighting a life-threatening illness. Nicholas wanted to go to Atlantis, which he did in April, while Max wanted to meet the Nascar Driver, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., which he was set to do in the near future.
A well-established Bridgeport, Connecticut, entrepreneur, Colton Amster guides Redline Restorations and focuses on the restoration of vintage automobiles. Colton Amster recently oversaw the move of his vintage car showroom from Fairfield Avenue to a larger-scale Black Rock warehouse that dates back to the 1930s.
The historic, nearly breaching 90,000-square-foot brick facility initially held a Ford dealership and was most recently an ABC siding and roofing business. Prior to its re-opening, it sat boarded up and vacant for six years, and Mr. Amster described being drawn to its “character and charisma,” despite the decay that had set in. An extensive process of renovation included clearing out dumpster loads of debris and even moving out a family of raccoons that had made a home on the site. Particular efforts were made to preserve the original brickwork.
The spacious warehouse now encompasses two floors, including a 12,000-square-foot showroom for vintage restored vehicles and a storage space designed for car owners wanting a secure spot to park their wheels. Also incorporated are a client’s lounge and six separate mechanic’s bays for restoration work. The upper floor houses a quieter area that is available for events such as weddings and corporate functions.
Based in Bridgeport, Connecticut, Colton Amster leads Redline Restorations and emphasizes concours-quality workmanship in undertaking restorations of diverse vintage vehicles. Colton Amster recently featured a unique, rare vehicle, the Eveready Autoped, on the company’s Facebook page.
The first motorized scooter model ever created, the Autoped also stands as the only motorcycle built in New York City. Manufactured from 1915 to 1921, the 155 cc Autoped was popular among people wanting to traverse U.S. and European urban grids efficiently. It was also adopted by organizations such as the U.S. Post Office to provide lightweight mobility for remote employees.
Featuring a 4-cycle engine, the scooter initially had a 6-volt lighting generator that was used to power its ignition and lighting. This was later replaced by a set of four dry-cell batteries and ignition coil connected to a right-mounted ignition switch. Today, a 1918 Autoped stands in the Smithsonian Collection and highlights a unique moment in U.S. automotive history.
As the owner of Redline Restorations, Colton Amster oversees concours-quality automotive restorations on a variety of classic cars. Under his leadership, Redline Restorations has contributed to multiple philanthropic organizations and community outreach initiatives such as the Bridgeport Police Memorial Car and Bike Show. In fact, Colton Amster created the “Wheels & Shields” subtitle for this annual charitable event.
All proceeds from Wheels & Shields go directly to the Bridgeport Police Memorial and Bridgeport Police Department Activities League. Over the years, the event has featured prewar and postwar vintage automobiles as well as a wide range of muscle cars, race cars, motorcycles, and trucks. It has also hosted guest appearances by various automotive experts including collector car authority Bill Stephens.
The 2016 Wheels & Shields event took place on April 24, 2016, from 10 am to 2 pm in the Bridgeport Police Activities League building. In addition to welcoming cars and bikes of all kinds, this gathering offered food and musical performances.
Wounded Warrior Project’s Wounded Care Network
As the owner of Redline Restorations in Bridgeport, Connecticut, Colton Amster provides world-class automotive restoration services for vehicles of all types. A charitable individual, Colton Amster has also used his professional skills and facility to support the work of organizations such as Make-A-Wish and Wounded Warrior Project.
In partnership with four academic health care partners, Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) recently launched its Wounded Care Network. The first of its kind, this national mental health program will increase access to mental health care services for veterans affected by post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), and other conditions affecting mental wellness.
Through the Network, WWP and its four partners–Emory Healthcare, Massachusetts General Hospital, Rush University Medical Center, and UCLA Health–will offer specialized clinical services to veterans as part of a regional outpatient program or an intensive outpatient program. Both program types will provide participants and their families with the individualized care they need to thrive.
In January 2016, WWP officially started accepting participants for the Wounded Care Network, which will be supported over the next three years through a $100 million commitment from WWP and its health care partners. For more information, visit www.woundedwarriorproject.org.
Connecticut Children’s Medical Center
An experienced auto restoration professional, Colton Amster has owned and operated Redline Restorations in Bridgeport, Connecticut, since 2003. Outside of work, Colton Amster gives back to his community by supporting several local groups, including the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.
Founded in 1996, the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center is now celebrating two decades of providing comprehensive health care to children and adolescents with a variety conditions. As part of its 20th anniversary celebration, the not-for-profit medical center is inviting current and former employees, patients, and families to share their experiences at the center on the Connecticut Children’s website.
The site currently features stories from several employees and patients, including Alexa, a 24-year-old who received treatments for an aggressive form of cancer at the center from age three to 18. In addition to patient and employee stories, the Connecticut Children’s website features a five-minute anniversary video and an online store selling 20th anniversary shirts, jackets, and bags.
Those who would like to share their stories via social media can do so using the hashtag #ctchildrensturns20. Additional details can be found at www.connecticutchildrens.org.
Connecticut Children’s Medical Center
Colton Amster is the owner and operator of Redline Restorations, an automotive restoration specialist based in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Beyond his professional activities, Colton Amster engages with a number of local organizations. He has made a number of contributions to the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.
Each year more than 200 volunteers provide much needed assistance to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center locations in Hartford, Waterbury, Farmington, and other areas of the state. In order to best help the medical center in its various operations, volunteers are provided various forms of training, among other valuable benefits.
Volunteers can contribute to the hospital on an ongoing basis, which necessitates a minimum one year commitment. Other volunteer positions include summer volunteer, research volunteer, and pet therapy volunteer. An individual’s responsibilities as a volunteer can range from leading an arts and crafts session to providing clerical support to the medical center’s office staff. Other jobs include reading to children and working in the medical center gift shop. For more information on volunteer opportunities, visit www.connecticutchildrens.org.