2016 4th of July Fireworks Show is Official!

Thanks to an amazing turnout for the last two shows, the City of Westminster has asked Rocky Mountain Car Club to put on the 3rd annual Fireworks Car Show!  Like last year, this event is limited to 100 spots.  Last year we managed to squeeze in 115 cars due to some added cars from some of our sponsors.  If you have not attended either of the last two shows, you really missed out on some fun.  The fireworks show put on by Westminster is second-to-none in the state!  In addition to the show cars, there is a stage with live music, food, kids activities, and more.

The website: FireworksCarShow.com has all the information on the show and online registration is open!  Our email blast sent out this morning (4/1/16) filled 45 of the 100 spots in less than an hour!  Needless to say, make sure you reserve your spot early.

Here are a few pictures from last year’s show!

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Driving the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat = Smile Factor of 10!

Let me start out by saying that I was not expecting a chance to drive the 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat during the Rocky Mountain Driving Experience put on by our friends at the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press.  I was totally expecting a long waiting list of people or, if the chance came up, a very short drive.  What happened instead was a very nice drive along with one of the SRT manufacturer reps riding shotgun.

The venue for this year’s event was nothing short of spectacular! We drove from Denver up to Devil’s Thumb Ranch in Tabernash, Colorado.  This is just north of the Winter Park area.  The event had several routes mapped out to drive the vehicles on the street and on off-road course for those who were inclined to get the trucks and SUVs dirty. Aside from a nice trip in a BF Goodrich-shod Jeep Wrangler, I spent the entire two days on the road, driving as many vehicles as I could get my hands on.

Now for the Hellcat!  This is the first time I had a chance to drive anything from Dodge with over 400 horsepower.  Two years ago I got skunked on the chance to drive, or even ride along in the Viper. This year I wanted to get behind the wheel of the Hellcat.  Luckily I was able to. Needless to say, 707 horsepower moves down the road at a rather brisk pace when the accelerator pedal is pushed in a downward motion!  The car makes a very nice roar while gaining speed at an amazing rate. The best part about having a factory rep with you when driving a car like this is learning all the neat tricks to making the car do what you want it to. We made full use of the Hellcat’s launch control system to get some quick starts in the book.  If you drive around the Tabernash area, you will see several sets of parallel rubber tracks on the roads.  Each of these was done using launch control.  The set pictured below was done with the launch set at 3,000 RPM. According to the SRT engineers, road conditions were not optimal for a grippy start.  As you can see in the picture below, we left about 45 feet of rubber without the system stopping the wheel spin.  After tries at 2,500, 2,000, and 1,750 RPM, we concluded that the power was too much for the roads. Although, I am not complaining about the rubbery imprints we left on the mountain town!

The car is amazingly deceptive.  Even when you stand on the gas, it takes the power and puts down with a very stable and smooth acceleration. I have driven several 600+ horsepower cars, and this behaves nicely, even with the horsepower.  More impressive yet, the front and rear Brembo brakes made the stopping distances on the 4500 pound car seem really short.  I was expecting to get the car stopped after crossing a couple of county lines.  In addition to going fast and stopping quickly, the car was able to make all the turns at the speeds I was hoping for.  The Pirelli P Zero tires did a great job of sticking, yet not squeaking, around the corners and through the curves.  The interior is very nice as well.  It wasn’t luxurious, but it was better than I expected for a car designed to simply go fast. The $70,000 price tag puts the value for money pretty high.  That is the going rate for a new 460hp 2016 Corvette Stingray.

My personal take on the car is that it would be fun to drive after removing everything that says Hellcat. Remove all the badges and find some unsuspecting Porsches, Corvettes, Mustangs, or other fast cars and steal their money. I am really looking forward to a chance at driving this car at a track sometime in the near future!

Rob E.

 

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Shelby American Collection Annual Party and Car Show

After being invited to this event for several years, we were finally able to attend this year.  Special thanks to our good friend, Muff Davis, for the invite and extra ticket.  This is the annual fundraising party to benefit the day-to-day running of the Shelby American Collection Museum in Boulder, Colorado.  There was good food, great sponsors, music, lots of show cars, and some amazing special guests.

After taking some time to look at several really nice cars outside the museum, we went inside to see some truly incredible Shelby history on display.  Multiple Cobra race cars, several rare Mustangs, lots of memorabilia, a really nice gift shop, a bar, and a LeMans Ford GT40 race car that really steals the show.  We were impressed with the 1966 Shelby GT350-S prototype supercharged Mustang.  It is really nice to see such a rare, one-of-a-kind car on display for all to see.   The GT40 has some amazing history as well.  Knowing that world-renowned drivers like Mario Andretti, AJ Foyt, Dan Gurney, Bruce McLaren, and Lucien Bianchi drove this car and its sister GT40s is really impressive.

Of course the Cobras in the house that drivers like Bob Bondurant, Allen Grant, and Tom Yeager drove to wins are equally impressive.  On top of that, to meet and get to chat (plus get some autographs) with all three of these amazing drivers was a treat.  All three shared some funny stories of their time racing for Carol Shelby.  We even had a great Mustang vs. Corvette conversation with Allen Grant.

With 300-400 people in attendance, we hope that the event was considered successful.  Steve Volk, founder of the collection, and his family really put on a great event.  We look forward to coming back next year!

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Some images from the event:

 

Speed Gone Wild was a WIN!

Despite the rain making a very unwelcome appearance at times, Speed Gone Wild Weekend at Boulder County Fairgrounds in Longmont on June 5-7 was an amazing success!

Over 3o cars braved early morning rain for our first-ever driving skills event at Colorado National Speedway.  Times were good on a wet track early in the day, but got much better as it dried up for an incredibly fun event!

Friday night, our weekend’s presenting sponsor, Longmont Ford, held a Garage Nights event at their dealership in Longmont.  Great food, free beer from Left hand Brewery and Oskar Blues Brewery made it a great evening!

Saturday morning’s Speed Gone Wild car show was a hit!  We officially had over 300 cars, trucks, and motorcycles on the grass at Boulder County Fairgounds.  We had to speed up the trophies a little as a small rain shower creeped in, but overall a great success!

Sunday morning was the Canyonball Run Rally put on by the Northern Colorado Mustang Car Club.  71 cars split into two groups going opposite ways on a beautiful run to Estes Park and back.

Everything ended up at Oskar Blues Brewery in Longmont for the end of the rally and the end of weekend car show.  Free lunch for participants, free beer and root beer from Oskar Blues, great weather and a great culmination of an amazing weekend.

We look forward to doing it again next year.  Visit SpeedGoneWild.com for driving skills event times and pictures of the event!

2015 Fireworks Car Show is a GO!

RMCC had a great meeting with the City of Westminster this week and the mood in the room was good!  They really liked how well the 2014 show went, and want us back again in 2015!   We will be doing more cars, more vendors, trophies, and door prizes, plus a strong request for no rain this year!

For those who didn’t make it out last year, it rained!  It rained hard!  However, it all cleared up around 6pm, and the night was a HUGE success!  We had space setup for 50 cars, and 37 showed in the rain!  The fireworks were outstanding on top of a great night.  The show is held ON THE GRASS at Westminster City Park, right under the fireworks show.

We will be updating the show website with more info and signup early in 2015.  FireworksCarShow.com

Some pictures from the 2014 show:

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June 29th and July 19th OutRock Car Show Reviews

Sorry this is a month late on the first one.  Things have been extremely busy at ColoradoCarShow.com!

The 2nd and 3rd OutRock Car Shows of the year went off even better than the May show!

The June 29th show was hosted by the Good Times Corvette Club and was a great time!  We had over 225 cars and well over 10,000 spectators show up for this event!  With the Corvette Club hosting, we had over 90 Corvettes in the show!  Special thanks to the show presenting sponsor – Sill-Terhar Motors in Broomfield.  Jack Terhar and crew brought out a couple Maseratis, a beautiful Aston Martin, and the incredible Jaguar F-Type R Coupe.   We had everything from old classics to muscle, and sports to exotics at the event.  The show ended with the distribution of 36 class medals and 9 specialty trophies.

The July 19th show was also a night show and concert from the rock and roll cover band Doctor Fine.  The show was another success with over 160 cars and close to the average 10,000 spectators.  The military vehicles showed-up in force at this event!  We had several trucks, troop carriers, Jeeps, and a cannon!  The star of the military vehicles was an amazing (probably priceless) amphibious Jeep.  According to the owner, this jeep is still capable of amphibious operations!  The exotic class was another surprise.  Avery custom 1923 hot rod won the best exotic medal.   We gave out 24 medals and 5 specialty trophies.  The show ran until 7pm, when the band started playing.  Special thanks again to Sill-Terhar Motors in Broomfield for being our presenting sponsor, and to Douglas County Diesel/Castle Rock Auto Repair for being our concert presenting sponsor.

We look forward to the final OutRock Car Show of the summer on Sunday, August 17th, from 10am – 4pm.

Spirit of Flight Day Car Show and Airshow July 12th

Please join us at the Spirit of Flight Center on Saturday, July 12, 2014 from 10AM-4PM for the 6th Annual SPIRIT OF FLIGHT DAY.  Aircraft displays and fly-bys, BIG Car Show, WWII Veterans and Tributes, Re-enactors, Jet Cars, Vendors, Food, Band, Kids Stuff, Beer Garden, Museum tours, Door Prizes, Plane and Helicopter Rides, and tons of FUN! Trophies for best car/motorcycle/plane.

Fun for the entire family!  Just $5 admission!

The Spirit of Flight Center is located on the west side of the Erie Airport. Visit http://www.spiritofflight.com for more information.
(*Car registration & setup– 8:00AM.  $10 Registration fee gets admission, gift bag and door prizes tickets.  Free breakfast for the first 20 registrations.)

June 29th OutRock Car Show Preview!

The June 29th OutRock Car Show  presented by Sill-Terhar Motors at the Outlets at Castle Rock is what you would call sold out! The mall has limited the show to 200 cars, trucks, motorcycles, etc…. and there are 200 vehicles registered! Everything from rods and muscle cars to a BUNCH of Corvettes and exotics. The host car club for this show is the Good Times Corvette Club. The show has Corvettes from Looking Glass, TORCA, Colorado, Colorado Springs, Rebel, and Down the Road Corvette Clubs coming. Plus there will be a multitude of Mustangs from Northern Colorado Mustang Club and Southern Colorado Mustang Club, plus several who did not list a club. This is significant since the Southern Colorado Mustang Club is hosting the July 19th OutRock Car Show, and the Northern Colorado Mustang Club is hosting the August 17th OutRock Car Show!

The OutRock shows are FREE to register, FREE for spectators, and the registrants get a FREE pancake breakfast from Chris Cakes. The June and July shows are presented by Sill-Terhar Motors in Broomfield. The July 19th show is a night show with a concert presented by Douglas County Diesel and Castle Rock Auto Repair. The August 17th show is presented by Michael’s Auto Body in Castle Rock. The May 18th show had approx. 190 cars and over 10,000 spectators. The shows are limited to 200 show vehicles and expect over 10,000 spectators at each show.

A portion of the proceeds of each show goes to the Morgan Adams Foundation to help children’s cancer research. The shows are all organized by the Rocky Mountain Car Club and ColoradoCarShow.com.

Visit OutRockCarShow.com for more information and to get registered for the July 19th and August 17th shows!
Respectfully submitted-
Rocky Mountain Car Club

OutRock Car Show – May 18th Review

The first OutRock Car Show and Concert Series event presented by the Rocky Mountain Car Club on Sunday, May 18th, 2014 was a huge success! Over 150 cars entered the show, and another 40+ cars came out to check out the event for the following months or just drove by and wanted to see what was happening. A rough estimate of the spectators who showed up over the course of the day is over 10,000. Proceeds from all four OutRock Car Shows will go to the Morgan Adams Foundation for childhood cancer research.

The vehicles that showed up were from all years, makes, models, and types. Everything from huge military wreckers, to vintage cars, sports cars, exotics, modified cars, and trucks made a splash at the show. The military vehicles were a big hit and one of them actually won 3rd place in the truck category. All registrants who came in before 10am received a free pancake breakfast from Chris Cakes. Door prizes were given away every half-hour until the 2pm awards ceremony. Thank you to the guys and gals from Fatal Creations Car Club who helped put on this show!

Here is a list of all the event winners:

Vintage Class
1st Place: Carl Rust – 1949 Chevrolet Stake
2nd Place: Penelope Allen – 1933 Dodge D.P Convertible
3rd Place: Tanner Kimberlin – 1952 Hudson Hornet

Muscle Class
1st Place: James Axtell – 1968 Hemi Dart
2nd Place: Jeff Root – Factory Five Mk1 Cobra
3rd Place: Glenn Cobb – 1968 Ford Fastback Mustang

Sports Car Class
1st Place: Matt VanDoeselaar – 1997 Dodge Viper GTS
2nd Place: Bob Gloyd – 1976 Triumph TR6
3rd Place: Walt Beerman – 1972 MGB

New Millennium Class
1st Place: Todd Hucko – 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
2nd Place: Joseph Polai – 2011 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport
3rd Place: Lee Lettig – 2007 Volkswagen EOS

Exotic Class
1st Place: Bob Duxbury – 2004 K1 Attack
2nd Place: Lisa Poggas – 1969 Jaguar XKE
3rd Place: Chuck Goldsmith – 1985 Alpha Romeo GTV6

Modified Class
1st Place: Gerry Fitzpatrick – 1932 Ford Roadster
2nd Place: Rob Trujillo – 1932 Ford Coupe
3rd Place: Eddie from Fatal Creations Car Club – 2004 Lexus 300is

Truck Class
1st Place: Dennis Frederick – 1957 Willys Jeep
2nd Place: Chance Nace – 1932 Ford Truck
3rd Place: Phil Curry – 1989 BMY/Harsco Military Wrecker

Extra Awards
Most Likely to Get a Speeding Ticket: William Arcamuzi – 2005 Ford Mustang Mongoose
Best Daily Driver: Lee Lettig – 2007 Volkswagen EOS
Best Paint: Eddie from Fatal Creations Car Club – 2004 Lexus 300is
Best Chrome: David Mertz – 2004 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible

Elevation Auto Cars & Coffee Saturday, April 19th Review

Elevation Motors and Elevation Auto Spa put on their first monthly cars & coffee event at the LeMay Car Museum building near 8th Ave and Simms in Lakewood. They will have a cars & coffee every third Saturday of the month with free coffee and doughnuts. The museum and Elevation Motors has some incredible cars to see in the building in addition to the great show cars.

The weather was not looking too good early in the day, but gradually got nicer throughout the morning. We estimate approximately 75 cars came through at various times during the time of the show. Some of the cars included Ferrari, Porsche, Audi (several – including R8), Corvette, Pantera, Buick GNX, Camaro, Aston Martin, Lotus, Mustang, Lamborghini, Nissan GT-R, Viper, Acura NSX, and several older muscle cars of various makes and models. Throw in the great selection of cars inside, and the show was well worth the visit.

We look forward to visiting the event next month.