Last Sunday, Bob Guy loaded his black 1999 GT Limited Edition Mustang convertible into a trailer at his home in Denver.
Guy, who is better known as Cobra Bob, has been anticipating his arrival at this year's Rocky Mountain Mustang Roundup ever since.
He is not alone.
This week, 1,500 Mustang enthusiasts, most of whom are from the Front Range, will come to Steamboat Springs for the 16th annual Rocky Mountain Mustang Roundup. The event features a scenic mountain tour today, an autocross Friday, and a Show & Shine in downtown Steamboat Springs on Saturday.
While the trip to Steamboat is just longer than three hours from Guy's home, the longtime Mustang-lover doesn't want to take any chances.
Ford only produced 4,000 1999 GT Limited Edition convertibles, and Guy has only driven the car 5,500 miles since purchasing it in 1999.
This year, the car will make the journey to the Roundup's Show & Shine in the back of a custom trailer.
"I love coming to Steamboat Springs," Guy said. "It's a beautiful area, and the people are very nice."
Guy said the Mustang's popularity has been strong in America since the first car was introduced in April 1964.
Since then, clubs have popped up all over the country with members who have fallen in love with the Ford's sporty looks, dependability and performance.
"Everybody loves the Mustang," Guy said. "It's America's car."
Lary Coop, chairman of the Rocky Mountain Mustang Roundup, agrees.
He will bring his 1966 Mustang hardtop this weekend. He bought the car shortly after graduating from high school and has been a member of the Denver Mustang Club since 1966.
He said before the Roundup found Steamboat, it used to bounce between several mountain towns in Colorado.
But he said the club feels welcome here and has made a point of returning the past eight years.
He said the autocross, which begins at 8 a.m. Friday in the Meadows parking lot, involves drivers racing against the clock in a controlled situation. The Show & Shine, which is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday on Lincoln Avenue, has become q spectator favorite. Both events draw close to 2,000 spectators every year.
"These events are just a lot of fun to watch, and the people in Steamboat have always been very supportive," Coop said.
This year's show should be a special one as the Mustang celebrates its 40th anniversary. Coop said there would be plenty of Cobras, Shelbys and other versions of the Mustang on hand to remind everyone why the Mustang has always been so popular in America.
--To reach John F. Russell call 871-4209
or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org