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18th annual Mustang Roundup to be held June 15 to 17

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Forty-two years of automotive history will be showcased this month in downtown Steamboat Springs.

About 500 Ford Mustangs from 1964 through 2006 will be represented in the 18th annual Mustang Roundup from June 15 to 17. Events will include a Scenic Mountain Tour, the Bridgestone/Firestone Driving Challenge, the Show 'n' Shine Car Show, a welcome hospitality party and an awards breakfast.

"It's neat to see the really fancy cars next to the old classics -- to see the progression and see how far they've come," said Jody Anagnos, director of special events for the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association.

The Scenic Mountain Tour will kick off the Roundup on June 15. It is an opportunity to take a nice, leisurely tour, Anagnos said. "It's a chance to show off the valley and see the surrounding areas and country roads."

The Bridgestone/Firestone Driving Challenge is June 16 in the Meadows Parking Lot. There will be two sessions with a limit of 200 drivers who will compete in three timed runs, and trophies will be awarded. "They fare around pretty fast," Anagnos said.

The Show 'n' Shine Car Show on June 17 will showcase 500 Ford Mustangs. "These cars are gorgeous," Anagnos said. "Some cars are so polished up with their seat belts perfectly positioned, and some of the owners just park and go to breakfast."

Fifty local judges will rate 41 classes of cars on cleanliness, craftsmanship and quality. The resident teams will rate each car's exterior, interior, engine, wheel/tires and overall appearance. "This is by far the largest car display we have here," Anagnos said. "They fill Lincoln Avenue from Fifth to 10th Street and overflow onto side streets."

Each category is worth five points for a maximum of 25 points, and trophies will be awarded in each class at the Breakfast Show 'n' Shine Awards on June 18.

"A lot of participants will bring two cars or bring trailers with all of their cars," Anagnos said. "They are definitely into their cars. They're diehard Mustang people."

Registration forms for the Mustang Roundup will be accepted until June 1. Forms are available at the Steamboat Springs Visitor Center and at www.rmmr.org. Call the Chamber at 970-879-0882.

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