‘Beautiful cars’ to be displayed in Gypsum, Vail
Vail, CO Colorado
VAIL – About a year ago, Don Welch started something called “cars and coffee.” It’s an informal gathering of local folks he fondly calls “gearheads.”
They meet on Sunday mornings, usually at Smiling Moose Deli in Edwards, and talk cars.
Last fall, the group got special permission from the town of Vail to meet near the Starbucks in Vail Village.
“Cars came out of the woodwork,” group member Doug Landin recalled. “There are some beautiful cars in our valley that are seldom seen.”
About 40 people showed up with their cars, and another 30 “called to say they wanted to come and were bummed they couldn’t,” Landin said.
That gave him an idea.
What if the car group revved up its gathering? What if it launched a full fledged car show?
“There’s only one Pebble Beach,” said Landin, an Eagle resident and real estate broker. “I don’t know if we could ever get to that level but what I think we can do is get an event together that’s appropriate for Vail. I’d like to create a world class event in some form.”
That’s the dream.
Several local car enthusiasts are taking the first step toward it by launching an annual car show this weekend.
They have named it the “Vail Automotive Classic Wheels and Wings Car Show.”
On Saturday, cars and airplanes will be on display on the tarmac at the Vail Valley Jet Center in Gypsum. Already some 80 cars have registered. Many are local but other entries will be coming in from other parts of the state.
“Ideally, we would like to have 150,” event organizer Julie Miller said.
Members of the community can register their cars before the event or register at the jet center between 6:30 and 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Car owners can enter their vehicles in several categories including classics, vintage motorcycles, hot rods, European sport, supercars, muscle cars and custom.
Judges will give out awards to the best vehicles.
Along with the cars, about 30 airplanes will be on display. Event organizers also invited some 200 pilots throughout the state to fly into the airport that day, so the crowd could see airplanes coming and going.
Organizers expect 1,000 to 3,000 people to attend the event.
On Sunday, the car show will move to Vail, where about 40 to 60 cars will be on display in Vail and Lionshead villages. The show is timed with the Vail Farmer’s Market and Oktoberfest in Lionshead.
Proceeds from the car shows will go to Jack’s Place in Edwards and Angels in Action, a scholarship fund honoring Crissa Lea Swinford’s memory.
Staff Writer Sarah Mausolf can be reached at 970-748-2928 or firstname.lastname@example.org.