Steamboat Springs The 1965 Ford Mustang Fastback is a car the entire Krauss family can enjoy.
Loveland resident Todd Krauss spotted the car in his neighborhood 11 years ago, made an offer and spent four years restoring it back to its original glory with a fresh coat of rangoon red paint.
“Tore it apart and put it back together,” Krauss said. “It’s a labor of love.”
Krauss’s daughter Kristy was helping him polish up the Fastback during the Rocky Mountain Mustang Roundup Show ’n’ Shine event Saturday, where 497 cars lined Lincoln Avenue. Attending the annual summer event has become a tradition for the Krauss family.
“This one’s easy to come to because it’s Steamboat,” Todd Krauss said.
Kristy also enjoys the annual trip.
“It’s just pretty,” she said. “It’s a place away from home. It’s peaceful here.”
Todd Krauss said he always has been a Mustang guy, and he remembers going for rides in one with his grandfather.
“I think that’s when I started to love them,” Krauss said.
Krauss said he has owned four Mustangs. His first one was a 1965 Coupe that he saved up to buy when he turned 16, but the one he had on display Saturday was the first one he had restored.
“It’s a fun thing for the family to cruise around in,” Krauss said.
The Mustang enthusiasts strolling down Lincoln were celebrating the car’s 50th anniversary. The first models, 1964.5 Coupes, were displayed at the Eighth Street intersection, including the one owned by Steamboat residents Carolyn and John Rule. The car was built in Dearborn, Michigan. The original sticker price was $2,750.95, which included the $58.50 AM radio upgrade as well as $5.70 padded visors.
Cars on display were judged by Steamboat residents, who rated the cars on things like bodywork, interior and the cleanliness of the engine compartments.
“They want to see one they can eat off of,” said Joe Dietz, who helped plan the event hosted by six Colorado Mustang clubs.
Dietz said attendance for the Show ’n’ Shine was the event’s second largest. Cars came from 17 states. The weekend schedule included the Scenic Mountain Tour ride Thursday, and autocross races Friday at the Meadows parking lot. Afterward, more than 1,200 people attended a social event at The Steamboat Grand.
Dietz was worried that larger national events celebrating the anniversary would hurt the attendance at this year’s event, but the exact opposite happened with the enthusiasm roaring its way up to Steamboat.
“We got a little bump, I think,” Dietz said.
This was the 19th year the Mustang Roundup has been held in Steamboat.
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