Planned Subaru Rally a tribute to mountain car

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— Collectible cars have been a part of summer in Steamboat for more than a decade classic Mustangs have crowded the Meadows Parking Lot, the courthouse lawn has been carpeted with Porsches and Lincoln Avenue has even played host to a row of Lotuses.

But Tommy Larson has something else in mind.

Larson is planning Steamboat's first-ever Subaru Rally June 16 on Yampa Street.

Larson admits part of his motivation is to spoof the more glamorous car events, but he also wants to pay tribute to the dependable mountain car that seems to be the choice of Steamboat's kayak/mountain bike/telemark crowd.

"Everybody drives Subarus around here," Larson said. "They're reliable and they're awesome in snow. We can park 'em on Yampa Street and open up all the doors so people can see if the floorboards have rusted out. It's nice to see a Subaru with 230,000 miles on it."

Larson drives a 1993 wagon. He refers to it as a "'93 Loyale with Cheese," a vague reference to a line from the movie "Pulp Fiction."

"It's got a four-stroke in it somebody with a really good pace could probably run up Rabbit Ears faster than I can drive," Larson said. Still, he shudders to think of the day when his trusty car won't turn over any longer.

"When it comes time I have to trade that one in, I hope Subaru is still making that good a car," Larson said.

The June 16 Subaru Rally, which is listed on the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association's calendar of summer events, will be an unpretentious affair, Larson promised. He'll probably award prizes for the car with the most miles on it and the oldest Subaru that makes it downtown under its own power.

Chances are, anyone who shows up in a Subaru Brat with the original jump seats in place will also win a prize.

"There are a lot of cliques in this town, but Subaru owners are a family," Larson said.

Subaru owners who share Larson's passion for the "not-so-collectible" automobiles and want to show their car off on June 16 may e-mail him at tommy@whitewoodtours.com.

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