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Rocky Mountain Mustang Roundup gathers enthusiasts in family event

Gary Griffith, from Franktown, bought his 1968 GT 350 Shelby Mustang 28 years ago and still loves to drive it. Dozens of Mustangs will be in Steamboat this weekend for the 28th annual Rocky Mountain Mustang Roundup.
Joel Reichenberger

If You Go

What: Mustang Roundup: Autocross

When: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. June 17

Where: The Meadows Parking Lot, 900 Strings Road

If You Go

What: Mustang Roundup: Show N’ Shine

When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 18

Where: Downtown Lincoln Avenue

— The Rocky Mountain Mustang Roundup is not only a gathering of Mustang enthusiasts, it’s also a family affair.

“We’ve had people who have come here and gotten married at the show,” said Bob Cloutier, who has served on the Rocky Mountain Mustang Roundup Committee since 1999. “We now have people who have been doing this for a long time. Moms and dads have Mustangs, and then, their kids have Mustangs. They will all come to the event, and it becomes sort of like this mini family reunion.”

If You Go

What: Mustang Roundup: Show N’ Shine



When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 18

Where: Downtown Lincoln Avenue



This weekend marks the 28th annual Rocky Mountain Mustang Roundup, featuring more than 460 Ford Mustangs.

From 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. June 17, the Autocross race will take off in the Meadows Parking Lot at 900 Strings Road. Drivers will race against the clock and have three chances to prove their cars’ performances are top of the line.

On Saturday, the Show N’ Shine event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Lincoln Avenue, giving Mustang owners an opportunity to show off their prized possessions. A team of judges will rate the cars based on engine, interior, exterior, wheels/tires and overall appearance. Trophies will all be awarded at noon for both events.

For those who are unfamiliar with the Mustang, Explore Steamboat spoke with event organizers Cloutier and Joe Dietz earlier this week about what to be on the lookout for.

The classics

Cloutier: Typically, this event brings in 175 early-model Mustangs that were made from 1965 to 1973 … Those Mustangs are what launched the car as an icon and a brand that everyone knows and recognizes today. When Ford brought that out, they were hoping this niche market would sell between 100,000 to 200,000 cars; they ended up selling over a million in that first model year.

Performance vs. style

Cloutier: The early Mustangs are a classic car, and it’s not so much about performance. When you drive an early Mustang, it’s not like driving a new car.

Dietz: The different kinds of performance and style preferences represent someone’s character. People just like to be different and unique about their personality and style.

Best of both worlds

Dietz: People enjoy the classic model so much that there’s a car segment called “Resto-Mod” or restored modified. It’s when you take a classic Mustang and put a modern engine and transmission into it. So you could take an engine from a 2015 model into the 1966 classic Mustang, and you get the best of both worlds. People tend to like the classic looks of the originals but the performance equivalent to today’s models.

The Roush Mustang

Cloutier: This is the more modern Mustang made in 1994, but it is being built to a more current model, like a 2015 one, with modifications similar to The Shelby. It’s a kind of car that people can make it their own by modifying its performance level by choosing its engine, suspension and tuning.

The Shelby

Cloutier: An early-1965 model Mustang is known as “The Shelby.” It was made by Carroll Shelby and was produced by the Ford Motor Company. Those are a rare car and have a starting price of $150,000 and up. Those cars are distinguished by the racing stripes, bigger tires and a more powerful engine.

The Mach 1

Cloutier: A rival to the Shelby is the Ford Mustang Mach 1. Those were made from 1969 to 1971. The Mach 1 can be distinguished with its hood scoop and special side stripes.

The Boss 302 Mustang

Dietz: This is a high-performance variant of the Mustang made from 1969 to 1971. Those are distinguished by the hood scoops and full body stripes that go on the front, side and down the back of the car.

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email adwyer@ExploreSteamboat.com or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1


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