Colorado Grand returns to Vail Thursday |

Colorado Grand returns to Vail Thursday

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado
Vail Daily File Photo/Dominique TaylorDriver Mike Fisher gears up for the first stage of the Colorado Grand Rally near Cascade Village in Vail last year. Eighty five vintage sports cars and drivers took part in the 1,000-mile road ride, an annual event that ends in Vail Thursday.

VAIL – Vail, Colorado will roar Thursday as the 85 Colorado Grand participants culminate their four-day journey through the state of Colorado with a victory lap through Lionshead Village.

The Colorado Grand is a 1,000-mile road ride that travels the Colorado high country every September. The event, which begins and ends in Vail, is a charitable event that has donated in excess of $2.5 million to worthy organizations throughout Colorado since it began in 1989, including providing college scholarships to students in many of the communities through which it passes each year.

With more than 85 vintage and historic racing and sports cars, the likes of pre-World War II Bugattis, Ferraris and Jaguars, the Grand features a rare collection of truly unique vehicles.

Their drivers, coming from all over the United States, Europe, and South America, packed up their vehicles and pulled out of Vail Monday morning to begin their four-day driving odyssey.

Today, from 4 to 5 p.m., the Grand participants return to Vail to complete their 1,000-mile journey. The finish line festivities will center around the Lionshead entrance to the Lionshead Mall and Vail Square. Cars will roar in to the village, crossing the finish line by passing beneath the Lionshead Village arch at the entrance to the mall. The New Summit Ridge Jazz Band will perform. After pausing briefly to receive a gift of congratulations for completing the ride, drivers will then continue through Lionshead Village, taking a quick victory lap as they head back towards the Cascade for the evening.

On Friday morning, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Grand continues with a unique opportunity for the public to view these very special cars up close as the Concourse d’Non-Elegance returns to Lionshead. Every square inch of Lionshead Mall and Vail Square will be filled with these incredible vehicles parked on display for the morning. Spectators can take advantage of the rare chance to view these vintage vehicles exactly as they appeared upon returning from their arduous trek through the high country – mud, dust and all.

For more information on the Colorado Grand and the related festivities in Lionshead this weekend, contact Sarah Franke at

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