The Colorado Grand celebrates its 27th annual tour with a lunch stop in Hotchkiss on Friday, Sept. 18. The Hotchkiss Community Chamber of Commerce has hosted a lunch for the Colorado Grand road racers on their multi-day jaunt around Colorado for 19 of the past 27 years. The Colorado Grand is a non-competitive road race that involves nearly 100 exotic and vintage cars and covers 1,000 miles of Colorado's most scenic roadways. For obvious scenic reasons, the Colorado Grand has chosen a route through the North Fork Valley nearly every year since 1988 -- stopping for lunch in either Hotchkiss or Paonia.
The cars that participate in the Grand are of a unique pedigree. Participants drive pre-1960 vintage sports cars -- some of the painstakingly restored cars are nearly a century old, and are a thrill to behold.
The cars will begin arriving at the fairgrounds in Hotchkiss around 11:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 18, and will all be back on the road by 1:30 p.m. The lunch stop is a fun event that the public is encouraged to attend. There is no admission to see these amazing automobiles and the drivers are excited to let you examine their vehicles close up.
Not only is this event a thrill to attend, but the Colorado Grand Association is a charitable organization that leaves money in the valley when it leaves. In return for lunch, the Colorado Grand board donates $7,500 to the Hotchkiss Chamber, provides a $7,500 scholarship to a Hotchkiss High School senior, and in years past has provided significant additional donations to local nonprofit organizations such as the North Fork Ambulance Association, Memorial Hall, Needle Rock Family Health Clinic and the Paradise Theatre.
The chamber will be organizing a lunch catered by local chamber member restaurants. Barbecue beef, beans and rolls will be provided by Zack's Bar-B-Q; veggie wraps, salad and slaw will be prepared by Pat's Bar and Grill. In addition, Big B's juice and fresh, local fruit will be on the menu. The cost of lunch for community members is $8. Visitors may feel free to mingle with the drivers and support crew. In years past, well-known personalities, including Jerry Seinfeld, have participated in the event. A driver list is not released prior to the event, but a good time is guaranteed for all who attend.
For more information on the event, call Nathan Sponseller at Delta County Federal Credit Union, 872-4277, or call the chamber at 872-3226.