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I've read Jon Shirleys interview with Onno's post today, where Jon says that the most impressiv rallye for him is the Colorado Grand. After that, I skipped quickly thru the application form for this year's Colorado Grand in September to see what the "rough" pre-conditions are to participate.
Any of you guys ever actively participated or have been there as viewers at the start or finish or has any kind of knowledge about it ? Any thoughts welcome !

Was personally wondering if participation with "D" would be possible/accepted and still make administratively "sense/feasible" ?! Again any knowledge or thoughts welcome. Thanks.

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Rolf, unfortunately your Daytona wouldn't be acceptable for admission to this Charity Tour as it is for pre-1960's sports or race cars and I believe your D is younger than those

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The Colorado Grand« is an annual charity tour for 1960 and earlier sports and race cars of distinction. The event was founded in 1989 by Englewood automotive enthusiast Bob Sutherland. Every September at the peak of the fall color season approximately 85 vintage cars are driven in this relaxed, non-competitive event, covering 1,000 miles through the Rockies in five days.

Sounds like a fantastic event for a great cause!

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Rolf, unfortunately your Daytona wouldn't be acceptable for admission to this Charity Tour as it is for pre-1960's sports or race cars and I believe your D is younger than those

Their website states...
The Colorado Grand« is an annual charity tour for 1960 and earlier sports and race cars of distinction. The event was founded in 1989 by Englewood automotive enthusiast Bob Sutherland. Every September at the peak of the fall color season approximately 85 vintage cars are driven in this relaxed, non-competitive event, covering 1,000 miles through the Rockies in five days.

Sounds like a fantastic event for a great cause!
WOW, great knowledge Peter. I did not went so far to check which cars are aloud tpo participate. Well I guess I need to drive individually thru the US once decided to move "D" there for a 3-4 week journey, (Which would be also not bad at all !) and Colorado would be on the map as well. We could even call it FLED !
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Colorado is a fantastic state, I've driven some roads there from Denver and Boulder into the Rockies. Absolutely beautiful. A lot of it is rolling hills, a bit like Tuscany.

It is a dream of mine to ship my 330GTC over to the US one day, and hopefully drive coast-to-coast. But I think it will be a long time before that happens. It's a very expensive and time-consuming thing to do, and there are so many other things on my list as well (like visit Antarctica). But undoubtedly it would be amazing.


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don't know much about it but i hear it's "exclusive".
If its "exclusive" its starts to loose apeal for me. Personally I like to have "oilheads" instead of "5 course menu participants" around me.
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Exclusive doesn't necessarily mean good food and good hotels. Just look at the Mille Miglia.


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If its "exclusive" its starts to loose apeal for me. Personally I like to have "oilheads" instead of "5 course menu participants" around me.
+1 well said

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Exclusive doesn't necessarily mean good food and good hotels. Just look at the Mille Miglia.


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I used may saying as a "metapher" Onno !
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I used may saying as a "metapher" Onno !
What I mean, 212, is that I understand your point but it does not have to be that the Colorado Grand is like that, even if it is hard to get in.

In the interview of Jon Shirley, he describes people participating in fairly cheap cars, and it is a charity event, so there is a chance it is actually a very nice event with like-minded petrol heads. I don't know, but there is a chance I would say.


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What I mean, 212, is that I understand your point but it does not have to be that the Colorado Grand is like that, even if it is hard to get in.

In the interview of Jon Shirley, he describes people participating in fairly cheap cars, and it is a charity event, so there is a chance it is actually a very nice event with like-minded petrol heads. I don't know, but there is a chance I would say.


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Got it ! Agree that it does not automatically means People "blasÚ" .
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Your car DOES qualify for the UTAH FAST PASS event.
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The Utah Fast Pass event is designed to showcase rare "cars of limited production" in a three-day drive on Utah's most scenic roads and one day at the spectacular 4.5-mile Miller Motorsports Park road course.
It's a newer event, but has been getting much attention. I know the organizers very well, and the founder was a close friend.
All proceeds go to the Fallen Heroes of the Highway Patrol, and other worthy charities.

check it out!
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Might try PM'ing Jeff Kennedy as he may have more info on US events.
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Your car DOES qualify for the UTAH FAST PASS event.
It's a newer event, but has been getting much attention. I know the organizers very well, and the founder was a close friend.
All proceeds go to the Fallen Heroes of the Highway Patrol, and other worthy charities.

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Thank you for the hint. Looks like a very special event. However a 3 day event is (for me personally coming from Europe with a car from Europe) not worthwhile to be attended except if I would stay longer in the US, like Onno suggested forhimself i.e. combining it with a coast to coast drive.
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If anyone decides to come this way for the event, let me know. I'd love meet folks from the the "life" in person. 212, you can't come to CO for 3 days! The Rockies are a fantastic ride and some unbelievable places to stay and September is off season meaning good hotel prices. Check it out.

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Thank you for the hint. Looks like a very special event. However a 3 day event is (for me personally coming from Europe with a car from Europe) not worthwhile to be attended except if I would stay longer in the US, like Onno suggested forhimself i.e. combining it with a coast to coast drive.


Coast to coast would certainly expose you to many great possibilities but just focusing on the Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona area could give you a couple of weeks of great roads and beautiful scenic locations. It is a big piece of real estate. If I was going to the trouble of transporting a car here thats where I would go.

Terry (tazandjan) would be a good guy to ask about that area





My second choice would be the west coast from the California central coast up to Victoria Island or even farther with some inland adventures like Yosemite Park and doing the Monterey/Pebble Beach thing.


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Coast to coast would certainly expose you to many great possibilities but just focusing on the Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona area could give you a couple of weeks of great roads and beautiful scenic locations. It is a big piece of real estate. If I was going to the trouble of transporting a car here thats where I would go.


My second choice would be the west coast from the California central coast up to Victoria Island or even farther with some inland adventures like Yosemite Park and doing the Monterey/Pebble Beach thing.
+1 on both of those suggestions. Within just a few hundred miles of each other in those four states you will find the Grand Canyon (legendary), Bryce Canyon (reddest natural scene-scape on earth), Pikes Peak (home of the Pikes-Peak Hill climb, and paved roads over 12,000 feet in elevation!), and many, many more amazing roads. Plus some real authentic American Indian experiences, if you like the idea. A couple of racetracks. And the only place in the USA where you can stand in one place and be in 4 states at once!
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Thanks for the great suggestions. Actually none of all was on my radar before but as you make all those suggestions, we may should plan a Hyper Fled coast to coast for 2 weeks.
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Colorado is a fantastic state, I've driven some roads there from Denver and Boulder into the Rockies. Absolutely beautiful. A lot of it is rolling hills, a bit like Tuscany.

It is a dream of mine to ship my 330GTC over to the US one day, and hopefully drive coast-to-coast. But I think it will be a long time before that happens. It's a very expensive and time-consuming thing to do, and there are so many other things on my list as well (like visit Antarctica). But undoubtedly it would be amazing.


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There are a few well organized trips and many wonderful roads in both the Western and Eastern US. However the concept of driving coast to coast is over-rated in my opinion. Much of the journey would be on flat, straight and seemingly endless interstate drives that are more drudgery than entertaining.

Check out Vintage Rallies. The Taylors organize these trips around fun roads, great scenery and nice resorts and dining. I would not waste my times traveling through the flatlands in the mid section of the country to get to the other coast.

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There are a few well organized trips and many wonderful roads in both the Western and Eastern US. However the concept of driving coast to coast is over-rated in my opinion. Much of the journey would be on flat, straight and seemingly endless interstate drives that are more drudgery than entertaining.

Check out Vintage Rallies. The Taylors organize these trips around fun roads, great scenery and nice resorts and dining. I would not waste my times traveling through the flatlands in the mid section of the country to get to the other coast.
What about Route 66? Over-rated or worth the trip?

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