Annual Mustang Roundup hits the streets today |

Annual Mustang Roundup hits the streets today

What: 18th annual Mustang Roundup

When: The Bridgestone/Firestone Driving Challenge is this morning and this afternoon at the Meadows Parking Lot; the Show ‘n’ Shine Car Show is from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday on Lincoln Avenue in downtown Steamboat Springs

Call: The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association at 879-0880

Polumbus, spokeswoman for the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association, said she has come to appreciate the Roundup as a car event.

“For an American car, the Ford Mustang has a certain amount of appeal,” Polumbus said Thursday. “I like the fact that you are seeing such a wide variety of design and colors, which is an exciting thing.”

Forty-two years of automotive history are showcased every summer when the Mustang Roundup rolls in to Steamboat. More than 400 Ford Mustangs from model years 1964 to 2006 will be represented in the 18th annual Mustang Roundup that began Thursday and continues through Sunday.

Events include a Scenic Mountain Tour, the Bridgestone/Firestone Driving Challenge, the Show ‘n’ Shine Car Show, a hospitality party and an awards breakfast.

“It’s neat to see the really fancy cars next to the old classics — to see the progression and see how far they’ve come,” said Jody Anagnos, special events director for the Chamber.

The Scenic Mountain Tour took place Thursday. It’s not a speed event; it’s an opportunity for drivers to take a leisurely tour of the area, Anagnos said.

“It’s a chance to show off the valley and see the surrounding areas and country roads,” she said.

The Bridgestone/Firestone Driving Challenge is today in the Meadows Parking Lot. There will be two sessions — one in the morning and one in the afternoon — with about 180 drivers who will compete in three timed runs.

The Show ‘n’ Shine Car Show, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, will showcase more than 400 Mustangs.

“These cars are gorgeous,” Anagnos said. “Some cars are so polished up with their seat belts perfectly positioned, and some of the owners just park and go to breakfast.”

Fifty local judges will rate 41 classes of cars on cleanliness, craftsmanship and quality. The teams will rate each car’s exterior, interior, engine, wheels, tires and overall appearance.

“This is, by far, the largest car display we have here,” Anagnos said. “They fill Lincoln Avenue from Fifth to 10th streets and overflow onto side streets.”

Each category is worth five points for a maximum of 25 points, and trophies will be awarded in each class at the Breakfast Show ‘n’ Shine Awards on Sunday.

“A lot of participants will bring two cars or bring trailers with all of their cars,” Anagnos said. “They are definitely into their cars. They’re diehard Mustang people.”

Polumbus said holding the Mustang Roundup on Father’s Day weekend is appropriate.

“I finally talked my dad into coming up this weekend,” she said. “It’s a cool way to spend some time with dad.”

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