One of my favorite car shows is the annual Classic Rock Cruise-In that’s being held on June 17 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. The event is held on streets of Castle Rock, Colorado, which was founded in 1874. Castle Rock is just off Interstate 25 and is 28 miles south of Denver and 37 miles north of Colorado Springs, making it easy to get to from anywhere in Colorado’s front range.
Space is available for 300 cars and while I didn’t count’em last year there was plenty of cars to look at. Part of the charm of this show is due to the ambiance of the little town that throws it’s doors wide open to the automotive community.
There are several things I like about this show: One is the wide diversity of cars both domestic and imports. What other show can you see a pristine Bug-Eye Austin Healy Sprite parked near a classic Gull Wing Mercedes-Benz. Or Shelby Mustangs—new and old—alongside classic Lincolns and Packard at the same show.
While people who show their cars at events such as this are almost friendly there is something about this venue that just brings out the “nice” in people. Last year, Mary and I had a wonderful conversation with a couple who wanted a project they could work on together. And what a car! It was first generation Mazda Miata MX-5 with a Mustang Cobra engine in it, wrapped up sport body kit and painted a lovely shade of bronze.
But the highlight of the day for me was when the owner of a Ferrari Dino GT—152 were built in total during 1968 and 1969—asked if I would like to sit in his car. This is one of my dream cars and over the years I have only seen a handful of these cars in the flesh and now I was able to sit comfortably inside one of these rare cars. And both of these incidents are perfect examples of why you should attend the 2015 car show. I hope to see you there.