The Second Annual Telluride Festival of Cars and Colors has officially come to a close. The weather was sublime and provided a beautiful backdrop to some of the world’s most visually stunning automobiles. This year’s festival provided a number of engine-revving events, contests, and activities that left all festival goers with lifetime memories. Throughout the course of the weekend, festival attendees experienced awe-inspiring displays of natural beauty, the ingenuity of man-made machinery, fine food, great music, and amazing company. It was a festival for the books that went off without a hitch.
This year, there were many thrilling events such as the Concours on the Golf Course, Cool Cars on Colorado, and the Million Dollar Highway Road Rally. This family-friendly festival also featured live music, car themed movies, photo contests, and a medallion hunt. The festival spanned over four days, and offered everyone from motor heads to leaf peepers an action packed itinerary.
“This was our first time in Telluride in the fall, we have been coming here for 18 years in the winter time. Everyone had told us how beautiful it is in other seasons. This is living color! The Cars and Colors festival is amazing, we’ve had a great experience and just enjoying the day out here is beautiful.”- -Marta Bustamante of Coral Gables, Florida.
Notable events taking place throughout the weekend included:
Concours on the Golf Course
There was an amazing display of unique automobiles complemented by a stunning view of Mount Wilson and the yellow fall foliage at this year’s Concours on the Golf Course. Beautiful cars were surrounded by vistas of the San Juan Mountains and were staged on Telluride’s premiere 18th fairway. There were a number of different classic vehicles such as Jaguars, Ferraris, Maserati’s, and even the classic Ford Model T.
During the Concours, certain vehicles were awarded the People’s Choice Awards, for American, German, and Italian-made cars. All attendees had the opportunity to vote for their favorite vehicle in its respective class. At the end of the day, the votes were tallied and the winners were awarded the title of the People’s Choice Award. The American Concours Winner was Terry Jenni with a 1957 Corvette from Littleton, Colorado, German and Italian Concours Winner was Michael Danner with a 1965 Porsche 911 and a 1967 Alfa Romeo Duetto Spider from right here in Telluride, Colorado.
Cool Cars On Colorado:
Down in the Town of Telluride, Colorado Avenue was blocked off to welcome the parade of Cool Cars on Colorado, which displayed unique and impressive cars along Telluride’s historic main drag. Colorado Avenue was packed with happy families, car aficionados, and town locals who all came out to experience the novel atmosphere. As the sun began to lower in the sky, the alpenglow of the mountains provided a brilliant display in the box canyon that glinted off the buffed metal of these timeless cars.
Million Dollar Highway Road Rally:
Over in Silverton, Colorado the weather and road conditions were absolutely perfect for the Million Dollar Highway Road Rally, sponsored by Porsche. During this event, drivers met the challenges of the notorious Million Dollar Highway with the horsepower and handling capabilities of their classic sports cars. The vehicles twisted, turned, and meandered through the nail-biting switchbacks, hill climbs, and descents of the Million Dollar Highway Loop, which traversed over 240 miles of difficult black top and ended at the Telluride Airport. This tour covered one of America’s most scenic byways, which gets its name from the estimated value of the mining tailings that was used to construct the road. The highway summits Red Mountain pass (11,008 feet) and the Uncompahgre Gorge. The winner of this road rally was Ron Tempest, awarded a cash prize of $5,000, but all of the drivers got to take in amazing views and an adrenaline-pumping day.
War Bird Exhibits:
Up at the Telluride Airport, festival attendees welcomed pilots from around the state and their classic War Birds. These historic Aircrafts represent the ever-present, resilient American spirit and the perseverance of American freedom. Some of the planes on display were the North American SNJ5, a T-28, C45 which was the first style of single engine plane to reach Berlin during WWII.
Overall, the Second Annual Telluride Festival of Cars and Colors festival was a wonderful way to close out the fall season here in the Box Canyon. As the fall colors begin to fade, the memories of this amazing event will stay fresh in the minds of all who attended. We look forward to next year’s event, and the visual excellence that will undoubtedly accompany it. Attendees had an amazing time, and loved how Telluride welcomed them with open arms. According to Gregory Kyle, of Denver, Colorado, “The colors are fantastic! Telluride is an impeccable destination; it is really just a wonderful place to visit.”
Were you unable to make it to town for this year’s Annual Festival of Cars and Colors? There’s still time to catch the fall foliage before the gondola closes on Sunday, October 16th. And now that we’re making snow, it’s time to get in gear for the upcoming 16/17 winter season. Take a look at new direct flights this season and start considering the type of lodging you might prefer whether that be a condo, vacation home, or fantastic hotel here in Telluride or Mountain Village. We can’t wait to see you this coming season.