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Steamboat residents Gail and Charlie Holthausen loaded Spike the Big Red Dragon onto a flatbed trailer Tuesday and pointed their motorhome west to Los Angeles and Spike's new home. The dragon car, which breathed flames, had become a fixture at local street events, including Merry Mainstreet and the annual Halloween Stroll.

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Tom Ross: Caution: Dragons in the mirror are closer than they appear

Don’t blame Spike the Big Red Dragon – in spite of this fire-breathing tendencies, he is a cold-blooded reptile, and Routt County winters have become too much for him to bear.

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