If you go
What: Rocky Mountain Mustang Roundup
When: Autocross, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday; Show ’n’ Shine, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday
Where: Autocross, the Meadows Parking Lot; Show ’n’ Shine, from Third to Ninth on Oak Street
Cost: Free to spectators
Call: Chamber special events manager Paulette Thomas at 875-7006 to become a judge for the Show ’n’ Shine
Steamboat Springs More than 40 years of sports car history will be on display this weekend in Steamboat Springs for the Rocky Mountain Mustang Roundup.
Joe Dietz, planning committee chairman for the event, said more than 500 Mustangs from 17 states have been signed up for the 22nd annual event, which includes Friday’s Autocross and Saturday’s Show ’n’ Shine. It’s the 14th year the Rocky Mountain Mustang Roundup has taken place in Steamboat.
During that time, Dietz said the event, which is hosted by six Colorado Mustang clubs, has developed a great relationship with the city and has partnered with local businesses.
“It’s a very high-quality event,” he said. “We may not be the biggest Mustang event in the nation or even the Western states, but we’re getting high marks for the event and the venue.”
Kara Givnish, special events director for the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association, said in addition to the event attracting participants and their families, many people visit Steamboat to get a glimpse of the 1960s-era Mustangs to more recent models.
“It’s a big visitors weekend, which adds to all of the jump in summer business,” she said. “Many people look forward to enjoying their Father’s Day weekend downtown.”
Because of the downtown construction project on Lincoln Avenue, the Mustangs will be on display from Third to Ninth streets on Oak Street for the Show ’n’ Shine, which runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Volunteer judges will evaluate Mustangs in more than 40 classes based on cleanliness, craftsmanship and quality, in addition to rating the cars’ engine, interior, exterior, wheels and tires, and overall appearance.
The Chamber is still looking for volunteer judges. Those interested can call Special Events Manager Paulette Thomas at 875-7006.
The Autocross, which features drivers competing in morning and afternoon races, will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 a.m. Friday at the Meadows Parking Lot. The timed races require drivers to navigate through a course marked by traffic cones.
Dietz said Mustang owners pay entry fees to participate, which cover the cost of the event. However, registration already is closed.
The Rocky Mountain Mustang Roundup is hosted by the Denver Mustang Club, Early Mustang Club, Front Range Mustang Club, High Country Mustang Club, Rocky Mountain Mustangers and the Colorado chapter of the Shelby American Automobile Club.