Sponsored by the Gunnison Car Club, the three-day event includes a free concert and ‘50s-style cruise-in on Gunnison’s Main Street, open car show, poker run, tour of distant galaxies at the local observatory, and the popular breakfast cruise to historic Crested Butte.
The show gets rolling with a ‘50s-style cruise-in and music by the Atomic Drifters on Friday, Aug. 17 from 5 – 9 p.m. Four blocks of Main Street will be closed to regular traffic, so there will be plenty room for more than 150 show cars to park where they can be viewed by the public.
The car show runs from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 18 at beautiful Jorgensen Park. Surrounded by trees, green grass and water, this is an “open” event, which means it’s not unusual to see exotic, one-of-a-kind custom street rods, high performance sports cars, tricked-out pickup trucks and a gaggle of British cars all parked together. Food, music, games and contests are also a big part of the day that typically showcases more than 320 vehicles. An awards ceremony is held midday followed by a poker run through the streets of Gunnison.
On Sunday, Aug. 19, approximately 125 cars leave Gunnison at 8 a.m. for the scenic 28-mile breakfast cruise to historic Crested Butte’s colorful downtown. Elk Avenue is closed to traffic so that the vehicles can be viewed while their owners enjoy breakfast. This event sells out early, so car owners should sign up early.
Admission to all car show events is free to the general public, but there is a registration fee for cars that are entered. The Gunnison Car Show takes pride in being family friendly and donates net proceeds to community causes. For information, http://www.gunnisoncarclub.com/show.htm