Classic sports and race cars to make stop in Moab Sept. 18
by Laura Haley
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The Colorado Grand sports and race car tour will pass through Moab on Sept. 18. Viewing the vehicles will be free of charge, and a lunch is planned at Rotary Park to raise money for Young Life Moab and the GCHS marching band. Photo by John Waugh/Colorado Grand
The Colorado Grand sports and race car tour will pass through Moab on Sept. 18. Viewing the vehicles will be free of charge, and a lunch is planned at Rotary Park to raise money for Young Life Moab and the GCHS marching band. Photo by John Waugh/Colorado Grand
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The annual Moab April Action Car show may be seven months away, but car enthusiasts will have another chance to see some of their favorite vintage cars this month, when the Colorado Grand makes its way through Moab on Sept. 18.

The Colorado Grand is a charity tour that winds its way through Colorado each year. This year is the 25th anniversary of the tour, which is designed to showcase sports and race cars built in 1960 or earlier, according to the tour’s website.

Young Life Moab is hosting a lunch for the tour at Rotary Park. While members of the club eat, their cars will be on display at the site of the former Red Rock Elementary School on Mill Creek Drive.

The public is invited to view the cars at no charge, said Silas Rappe of Young Life Moab.

“Colorado Grand really tries to make it a big community event,” Rappe said. “We’re pretty excited to have this chance.”

The Moab Lions Club will be serving hamburgers, chips and drinks for those who would like to have lunch while enjoying the cars. Tickets for that lunch can be purchased from Young Life members for $10 for adults or $5 for students. Rappe said that all the proceeds from those tickets will be split between Young Life and the Grand County High School marching band.

Rappe said the Colorado Grand tour is expected to arrive in Moab at around 11:30 a.m.

“Prime viewing will be from 11:30 to 1:30,” he said. “We’re really hoping people will come out on their lunch breaks and check out the cars.”

Rappe said the tour will host drivers and cars from all over the world.

“[Some of the participants are] flying in and shipping their cars,” he said. “We don’t know if they’ll ever come back to Moab.”

As a thank-you to Young Life for hosting the lunch, the Colorado Grand organization has pledged a $6,000 scholarship to GCHS. The recipient of the scholarship will be picked by GCHS administrators in conjunction with Grand County School Superintendent Scott Crane, according to Sue Johnston, who helped organize the lunch. The organization will also donate an additional $6,000 that will be split between the marching band and Young Life.

“I’m really excited about it,” Rappe said. “I’m really looking forward to seeing the cars.”

Rappe said the lineup of vehicles is expected to include Ferraris, Bugattis, and a number of other cars that are not normally seen in this area.

“It’s going to be quite the event,” he said. “We just want to encourage everyone to come out and see the cars.”

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