The 30th anniversary of the Colorado Concourse was held this past June on the grass at Arapahoe Community College south of Denver. Audi Club Rocky Mountain is just one of the sponsors for the event which features sports and exotics. McDonald Audi was the presenting sponsor and made a terrific commitment of resources and effort toward the success of the concourse this year. The event drew about 14,000 attendees, 500+ cars and raised over $100,000 for Cerebral Palsy of Colorado.
Porsche was the featured marque and presented an outstanding selection of automobiles. This is the 65th Anniversary of Porsche, the 60th of the first Porsche Club and the 50th of the introduction of the 911. The Porsche Club was instrumental in helping put the event together along with the support from Mercedes and Jaguar Clubs.
Colorado State Patrol Troopers ushered in some special cars at the opening of the show on their Kawasakis including a 550 Spyder, 1957 Speedster, 1967 911 S, 964 Cup Car, Carrera GT and for some extra noise, a Shelby 289 Cobra Slalom Snake (1 of 2) from the Shelby American Collection in Boulder. The Collection also brought a GT 35O S recently donated to the museum. It is the supercharged prototype for the entire Shelby GT350 series.
The Colorado State Patrol joined the Colorado Concourse last year when the Colorado Grand was the featured marque. Troopers escort the Grand cars 1,000 miles through the mountains of Colorado each fall. You will frequently see Colorado Grand stickers on high ticket cars at international auctions that were produced before 1961. Two years ago the Grand featured Ferrari GTOs and a half a dozen joined them from around the world.
In addition to the featured marque, all the organizing clubs have corrals featuring their cars. Special cars are then selected from the clubs and museums for the Founder’s Favorites. This year Founder’s Favorites included cars that would have been competitive with the introduction of the iconic 911 at the 1963 Frankfurt Auto Show. The Cussler Museum brought a 1963 Avanti which joined both Split Back and Roadster Corvettes, Jaguar 150S and E type, Mercedes Gullwing, Saab Sonnett, Lotus Elite, Maserati Mistral Spyder, Ferrari 330 America, BMW 1600, Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint and, of course, an early 911—all representative of what was available around the birth of the 911.
Audi Club RMC turned out a selection of high performance cars to complement the display of new Audis brought by McDonald Audi. ACNA director Connie Johnson brought her Volcano Red S5 Coupe which joined her husband Rick Barrett’s S6 sedan—the object of much attention and a first place ribbon. Long time club supporters Pearl Mattox, Matthew and Lori Sheils took home their normal complement of ribbons. A5s, S5s, RS4s S4s, and R8s demonstrated that exotic isn’t always fly-yellow with wings though we had several Lamborghinis join the Audis along with a Ducati Diavel Carbon.
Great groupings were assembled by Jaguar with several new F types and Mercedes which included a McLaren Mercedes and an SLK 63 Black giant killer. Ferraris and Alfas in abundance were joined by a Fiat Dino Spyder. Corvette was celebrating their 60th anniversary and showcased a custom 2013 Grand Sport Convertible in pink pearl with a custom interior to be sold to support Breast Cancer Awareness. Other clubs with great groupings were BMW, Datsun/Nissan, NSX, Rocky Mountain Vintage Racing, Shelby (old and new). A lot of unaffiliated cars show up grouped by nationality including Panoz Esperantes, Ford GTS, Vipers and American muscle!
Countless volunteer hours, sponsor and vendor support make this one day event a terrific venue for car fans. The proceeds benefit CP of Colorado which has four Creative Options Centers for Early Education. If you are in the region the second Sunday next June bring your Audi and enjoy a day in the Colorado Sun with the Audi Club and some great exotic and sports cars.