A parade of exotic, high priced sports and touring cars in Cedaredge last week attracted a crowd of curious onlookers numbering upwards of 200.
The event was a pit stop on the 28th annual Colorado Grand auto tour that has in the past gone by the town on Highway 65. However, this year most of the drivers participating stopped to give Surface Creek Valley locals a chance to see some of the legendary vehicles up close.
There were 97 cars in this year's tour, event chairman Tom Horan told the DCI, and most of them, at least 60, stopped in town. The vehicles included models from the 1920s into the 1960s.
The Colorado Grand has toured through Delta County regularly in years past and this year, as in previous years, drivers were served a lunch in Paonia before making the drive over Grand Mesa.
The event is a donor to various charities and has given money to organizations in the county and to scholarships for Delta County high school students.
The tour provided a bit of an economic development boost to Cedaredge this year, too. Organizers said that the Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce was given $1,500 to cover the cost of refreshments that drivers ran up at local businesses. The drivers signed a tab which business owners then presented to the chamber for payment from the donated funds, organizers explained.
Work on arranging the Colorado Grand's Cedaredge stop this year began last winter. Local car enthusiasts Bob Johnson and Ron Austin made initial contact with the tour for the Cedaredge event. Local support was handled by the chamber with help from 4B's Brewery manager Amy Wright and a number of local volunteers who helped direct traffic.