Snowmass, Colo., (December 20, 2016) – Today, Snowmass Tourism and Rocky Mountain Vintage Racing announce The Aspen Snowmass Vintage Car Race, a new high-octane street race, set for Thursday, September 14th, 2017. The Aspen Snowmass Vintage Car Race will feature 60 vintage race cars from the 1960’s and 1970’s, competing in the first automotive race in 19 years to occur completely on Town of Snowmass Village streets. The last time a race of this caliber was held in ski country was in 1998 in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
“We are thrilled to bring this exhilarating race to Snowmass,” says Kyle Popejoy, Treasurer of Rocky Mountain Vintage Car Racing and chair of the event. “A race of this level hasn’t been seen in the mountains in many years, so it is a real treat to see it come alive in Snowmass Village.”
The Aspen Snowmass Vintage Car Race is the kick-off to the Motoring Classic Weekend in Snowmass, September 14th-17th, 2017. In addition to the Aspen Snowmass Vintage Car Race, all race cars and other cars from the Rocky Mountain Car Clubs will be on display for guests to admire and enjoy. Top car brands include Ferrari, Viper, Porsche, Cobra, BMW, Audi, and more. The car-centric weekend continues with The Finest Automobile Auction at Aspen Snowmass, a sophisticated car auction that displays highly sought after collector cars, returning for its third year.
For those looking to enhance their visit with a culinary experience, the weekend also includes The Snowmass Wine Festival, which offers guests the opportunity to experience a weekend of food, wine, flavors, and sounds, presented by The Snowmass Rotary Club. The weekend includes a Friday evening wine-paired dinner and a Saturday Grand Tasting, complete with top wines and local cuisine.
“The addition of the Rocky Mountain Vintage Car Race to the Motoring Classic Weekend provides guests even more reasons to stay and play in Snowmass,” says Rose Abello, Director of Snowmass Tourism. “With the streets full of classic racing cars and evenings spent enjoying the Snowmass Wine Festival, this September lineup is one not to be missed.”
Other notable September events include The JAS Aspen SnowmassLabor Day Experience, September 1st-3rd; The Snowmass Balloon Festival, September 8th-10th; CU in Snowmass Collegiate Mountain Bike Races September 23rd-24th; and The Golden Leaf Half Marathon, September 23rd.
About Rocky Mountain Vintage Car Racing – Rocky Mountain Vintage Racing is a non-profit club of more than 500 vintage racing enthusiasts. The Club’s primary focus is the organization, production, and sanctioning of vintage car races in the Rocky Mountain region. With over 500 eligible cars over thirty years old, familiar names include Austin Healey, Corvette, Lotus, MG, Mini, Porsche, Triumph, Formula Ford and Formula Vee. In addition, exotic and perhaps lesser known names such as McLaren, Lola, Abarth, Morgan, Siata and Zink participate in racing events. Engines range from less than 1000cc to more than 6 liters of “ground-pounding” force.
About Snowmass, Colorado – A vibrant summer playground and renowned winter destination, Snowmass Village offers a wide variety of outdoor activities, nearly 30 restaurants, 95 percent on-slope lodging and great shopping, as well as exciting special events and music – all year round. Summertime, Snowmass features more than 90 miles of hiking and biking trails; gold medal fly-fishing; Class V white-water rafting and kayaking, and a full lineup of weekly events. Consistently ranking as one of the best ski areas in the world, the area boasts the second longest vertical drop in the United States, with 3,332 skiable acres. Located six miles from Aspen’s airport and with 300 days of sunshine per year, Snowmass is an ideal summer and winter destination.