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29th annual Rocky Mountain Mustang Roundup roars into Steamboat Springs this weekend

Start those engines, the largest Mustang event west of the Mississippi makes its way to Steamboat Springs this weekend.

In its 29th consecutive year, the Rocky Mountain Mustang Roundup will bring 400-plus Mustangs from over 17 states to the Yampa Valley.

The event kicks off Friday, June 16 with the Autocross race in the Meadows Parking Lot, 900 Strings Road, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 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.

"The Mustang is uniquely different for each person," said Bob Cloutier, who has served on the Rocky Mountain Mustang Roundup Committee since 1999. "Some love them because it has been a family affair, always having a Mustang in the family. For others, it's something they have in common with other people that also own a Mustang."

When the first Mustang was released in 1964 as a coupe or convertible, a few of those included the Mach 1, Boss 302, Boss 429, Cobra Jet and Bullitt. But through the years, Cloutier said Mustang enthusiasts have seen specialty Mustangs like the Roush, Saleen and even Steeda made by other car companies.

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Bringing back nostalgia for many who grew up with the car, the customization and memories attached make each Mustang, new and old, unique to its owner, Cloutier said.

This year, those who attend the car show will have a unique chance to see four 1966 to 1968 High Country Special Mustangs. Newer models to be on the look out for include the candy apple red, new 2017 GT350 model equipped with white racing stripes.

"There is always great action to watch and see and maybe even catch a ride in one of the fast mustangs at the Autocross on Friday," said Cloutier.

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

If you go:

What: Rocky Mountain Mustang Roundup: Autocross

When: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, June 16

Where: Meadows Parking Lot, 900 Strings Road

What: Rocky Mountain Mustang Roundup: Show N’ Shine

When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 17

Where: Downtown Lincoln Avenue