Lee Nelson
July 21, 2017

Steamboat Springs, CO once again played host to the 29th Annual Rocky Mountain Mustang Roundup, held on Father’s Day weekend. As usual, hundreds of Mustang enthusiasts showed up to enjoy the beautiful scenery and the Western hospitality that the Steamboat area has to offer. The Roundup is the largest Mustang event held in the Rocky Mountain Region, and it is easy to see why—three days of events and over 400 Mustangs registered. If you haven’t attended, you are missing one of the finest Mustang events in the country.

The Roundup kicked off on Thursday afternoon with the Mountain Tour. Over 100 Mustangs departed the Meadows lot for a scenic cruise along the highways and byways surrounding Steamboat Springs to enjoy the beautiful mountain scenery. Several lucky participants received prizes along the way. Later that evening, the kiddies had a chance to show off their skills at the R/C car event.

Friday it was time for some racing action! Two hundred participants signed up for the autocross which was held on a closed course at the Meadows lot. There were classes for early Mustangs, late model Mustangs, and other Ford-powered vehicles. The event lasted all day and there was plenty of action for everyone, no matter what your vehicle preference was. Long time top sponsor, Sil-Terhar Motors, brought several exotics in addition to a new Shelby GT350R. It was exciting to see a Jaguar F Type convertible and a $258,000 V-12 powered Aston Martin DB-9 fly around the course. Seyfer Performance once again showed up with their Cobra V-8-powered Focus. Talk about a sleeper! When asked how you shoehorn a big, wide Cobra motor into a Focus, the Seyfer rep explained that they put the car on a lift and brought the motor in from below. Even though it was a hot day by Steamboat standards (low 80s), spectators enjoyed plenty of racing action and the Vendor Midway. The local Lions Club was on hand with their food trailer and BBQ grills to feed the hundreds of hungry and thirsty spectators.

On Friday evening, hundreds of Mustangers showed up for the Evening Social hosted by The Steamboat Grand Hotel, the host hotel for the event. There was plenty of free food, beer, and cake. It was a great chance for people to mingle, see old friends, and make new friends.

Saturday was the Show & Shine in downtown Steamboat Springs. Six blocks of Lincoln Ave. (the main drag of Steamboat) were closed to traffic and filled with approximately 400 Mustangs. No matter what your taste in Mustangs is, you were sure to find a favorite here. The show was judged by a group of volunteers from the local community. Downtown Steamboat has plenty of great restaurants, shopping, and even a Farmers Market, so there’s something for everybody and great people watching, too.

The event concluded Saturday night with the Awards Banquet at the Steamboat Grand Hotel. Awards were handed out for the Show & Shine as well as dozens of door prizes. The evening was capped off with the giveaway of a complete Ford engine, donated by AER Performance. The process for giving away the engine was very entertaining with several contestants competing for the prize.

Most people left Sunday morning, but since there is so much to see and do around this beautiful mountain community, some decided to stay another day and enjoy what the Steamboat Springs area has to offer.

The Rocky Mountain Mustang Roundup is a cooperative effort of six Colorado Mustang Clubs and nearly 100 volunteers. Next year will be the 30th Anniversary and there may be few surprises. The event will once again be held on Father’s Day Weekend in Steamboat Springs, CO. For more photos of this year’s Roundup and event information, visit the website at www.rockymountainmustangroundup.org.

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