Vettes on the Rockies
Even a steady procession of afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms couldn't dampen the enthusiasm of the some 1,200 Corvette fanatics at the 34th annual Vettes on the Rockies get-together, which was headquartered at the Beaver Run Resort in Breckenridge, Colorado, the last week in July. Sponsored by Lakewood, Colorado's Looking Glass Corvette Association and Purifoy Chevrolet of Ft. Lupton, Colorado, Vettes on the Rockies is a fun-filled, four-day event that this year attracted around 600 Vettes.

Friday really got things rolling with a friendly, relaxed rally. Almost 300 Corvettes with drivers and navigators took a scenic, untimed drive around the spectacular Rocky Mountains. The rally guide gave clues what to look for and where to turn along the route. Unlike a timed event, the checkpoints consisted of various games, best poker hand drawings, and visits to historic sites. The rally covered 70 miles and delighted all participants.

Saturday's highlight took place at, appropriately enough, the City Parking Lot F. The Funkana was exactly that! A slow speed, timed event loaded with gimmick activities. The favorite seemed to be the wagon drive. The driver and navigator had to drive and push a wagon around a small gymkhana-style course. Just to keep everyone honest, turning the steering wheel right actually turned the wagon left and vice versa, or should that be verse visa? Anyway, proving once and for all that men are from Mars and women are from Venus, the ladies didn't seem to have any trouble driving backwards!

Sunday was show and shine day. Some 550 Corvettes showed and shined for all they were worth. Beautiful Rocky Mountain blue skies provided a perfect background for Vettes of almost every year, color, and powertrain. The show and shine was held in Frisco, Colorado, which is about 10 miles from Breckenridge and drew many locals from the area to look at and admire the stunning display of Corvettes.

Next year's 35th get-together will be held July 31 to August 3, 2008. Any questions should be addressed to co-chairman Tom Robben at robben303@msn.com.