Colorado Grand drivers end 1,000-mile journey in Lionshead Village, Vail
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What: Colorado Grand finish-line celebration.
When: 3:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18; cars will filter in over the next few hours.
What: Colorado Grand Concours D’Non Elegance.
When: 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 19
Where: Lionshead Village, Vail.
VAIL — Close to 100 Colorado Grand participants will roll into Lionshead Village with their vintage cars today and Saturday, cruising by local shops and restaurants as they make their victory lap through Lionshead Village today and then exhibiting the automobiles in the Concours D’Non Elegance on Saturday morning.
Today’s finish-line event will mark the end of the drivers’ four-day, 1,000-mile journey through Colorado, traveling through areas such as Steamboat, Walden and Grand Junction. Cars will filter in throughout the afternoon and into the evening, starting at about 3:30 p.m. Celebrations will continue to take place at Lionshead restaurants and decks, with Colorado Grand specials throughout the weekend.
The Grand continues from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday with the Concours D’Non Elegance. Vintage cars line the streets of Lionshead, providing spectators with the rare opportunity to view these special cars up close and personal, exactly as they appeared upon returning from their trek through the high country. There will also be live music and an automobile station set for the kids.
About the Colorado Grand
The Colorado Grand, which begins and ends in Vail, features an array of unique vintage racing and sports cars, from pre-1960s Aston Martins and Bentleys to Ferraris and Jaguars, and attracts entrants from all around the world.
Since its start in 1989 as a charitable event, the Colorado Grand has donated more than $4.5 million to Colorado charities and communities, plus an $8,000 college scholarship to a graduating high-school senior in each of the towns that host the drivers’ lunch stops along their four-day journey.
Participants and sponsors return year after year to enjoy scenic routes and new friends and contribute to a good cause.
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