28th Annual Rocky Mountain Mustang Roundup
Rocky Mountain Mustang Roundup 2016: Friday’s autocross action from Steamboat Springs, Colorado
For 28 years, a gathering of Colorado Mustang clubs have ventured up into the hills about four hours northwest of Denver to take over the resort town of Steamboat Springs to hold the Rocky Mountain Mustang Roundup.
After flying into Denver International Airport on a beautiful Colorado summer day and grabbing the rental car, your author made the scenic drive out of town on I-70 into the mountains then over Berthoud Pass, through Hot Sulfur Springs, and over the spectacular Rabbit Ears pass before dropping down into Steamboat Springs. If you’ve never driven in the Colorado Rockies, that trip alone is good enough excuse to come to the Rocky Mountain Mustang Roundup, but so is the huge and diverse collection of Mustangs that invade the town.
The car show itself takes place on Saturday and Sunday, but leading into that is roughly three-hour scenic mountain tour, where the early arriving participants gather to drive their Mustangs through the mountains surrounding Steamboat. We got here too late to participate in the cruise, but on Friday the autocross dominated the day’s action. Two groups of about 100 cars each took their turns on the autocross, set up in a parking lot next to what we think is the iconic, dilapidated old western barn that’s used in much of the Steamboat Springs tourism photos. Each car gets three runs, and the groups vary between early and late-model Mustangs. Autocross trophies will be awarded on Saturday at noon, at the car show held in downtown.
Friday night is the “social” event outside in the Steamboat Grand’s pavilion, and Saturday morning at 6:15, the Mustangs will be staged and driven to the downtown show area. The car show is not a course-judged competition—As the RMMR says, “Winners in each of the Show n’ Shine classes will be selected by Judging Teams (residents of the Steamboat community) using the following non-concours criteria: Cleanliness, Craftsmanship, and Quality. The Judging Teams will rate each car’s Engine, Interior, Exterior, Wheels / Tires, and Overall Appearance. Each category is worth five points for a maximum of 25 points. If there are significant changes from stock in any of the above categories, please register in the appropriate modified class.”
We’ll bring you all the photos from the car show tomorrow, but for today check out the Mustangs that tore up the autocross.