30th annual Rocky Mountain Roundup roars into Steamboat
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The far-off sound of engines revving and a blur of brightly colored cars driving down main street signal the start of the 30th annual Rocky Mountain Mustang Roundup, which returns Thursday to the Yampa Valley.
More than 500 Ford Mustangs and an estimated 2,000 visitors will be in Steamboat Springs for the annual gathering with many arriving in town Wednesday.
“This isn’t just a car show, it’s an event,” said Bob Cloutier, who has served on the Rocky Mountain Mustang Roundup Committee since 1999. “There’s nothing like this this side of the Mississippi.”
The Roundup kicks off Thursday with a Scenic Mountain Tour starting at 1 p.m. at the Meadows Parking Lot and continuing to the Hahn’s Peak area.
Festivities open to the public with the autocross from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday in Meadows Parking Lot. More than 180 Mustangs will compete in the timed racing event. On Saturday, Lincoln Avenue plays host to hundreds of Mustangs that this will be on display from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the popular Show ‘n’ Shine.
Drivers and owners of the Mustangs will be traveling to Steamboat from as far as Vancouver, British Columbia, Florida and California.
Since the first Mustang was released in 1964, selling more than a million vehicles in its first 24 months, the iconic ride has evolved into various models like the 1965 high-powered Shelby to the 1976 Cobra.
“Back then, people identified with cars, it was an extension of who they were,” Cloutier said. “All guys, when they had free time, they spent it cleaning their wheels, wiping windows, cleaning and waxing their cars.
“Times have changed,” he continued. “People don’t really do that anymore.”
During theShow ‘n’ Shine, local judges will determine winners in about 44 different classes ranging from vintage 1964 Mustangs to the latest 2018 models.
“What brings us together in the first place is the car,” Cloutier said. “The memories, the stories, people come back year after year to see friends they’ve made over the years who they only get to see at the Roundup. The people keep us together but the car brings us here.”
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