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Life on the Summit: Hey, Spike! takes a shine to classic autos

Tuesday, Sept. 9, noon, Dillon — Spike! will be there, and if you love expensive classic cars so will you.

The 26th annual Colorado Grand, a 1,000-mile touring parade of some of the world’s most fabulous automobiles and their lovers, offers another opportunity to share in the mechanical glory of days gone by.

Led by O’Brien and Associates broker/owner “Fast Eddie” O’Brien in his restored bright red 1966 AC Ford Cobra 427, Dillon is playing host to 95 cars and their owners from across the country and some foreigners, too.

Included in the entourage will be nine Colorado State Patrol motorcyclists with six support cars, AMG Mercedes Benz sponsor cars, accompanied by seven mechanic trucks and trailers.

Dillon is playing host to the 26th annual Colorado Grand, a touring parade of some of the world’s most fabulous automobiles and their owners, who are coming from across the country and around the world.

The rumbling group of four-bangers, straight sixes, V-8s, 12- and 16-cylinder behemoths is making a lunch stop at the Dillon Amphitheatre put on by the Lake Dillon Theatre. Eddie’s real estate office is right on Lake Dillon Drive.

The lunch stop show runs from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., with free admission.

We’re talking many millions of dollars in Allards, Porsches, Jaguars, Ferraris, Maseratis, Aston Martins, BMWs, MGs, Kurtis Krafts, Mercedes Benz gullwings and roadsters, Lancias, Cunninghams, Frazer, Bentleys, Alfa Romeos, a Logonda, a Bocar, Austin Healeys and a couple of Alvises.

“The cars will drop down from Kremmling through Silverthorne in the morning and cruise Frisco Main in the afternoon on their way back to Vail,” says Eddie, who is leading the event in his 27th year as the community liaison, and daughter Heather is the co-pilot.

“The Summit gets to see — and hear — some amazing cars,” he adds.

Choice local photographic locations will be in Dillon, Loveland Pass, Swan Mountain and Main Street Frisco.

After passing through Frisco the tour will head up over Fremont Pass to Leadville’s Delaware Hotel for dessert. Next it’s up and over Tenth Mountain Division Highway back to Vail’s Cascade Club, says Eddie. Saturday morning at Vail’s Lionshead will be the concours non d’elegance.

An example of the high level of automotive history attracted by the Colorado Grand, a one-family owner 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4S N.A.R.T Spider, recently sold for a record-setting $28 million, which ran the Colorado Grand back in 1989-91.

The event benefits families of the Colorado State Patrol and awards scholarships to students in host communities. Over a quarter-century the Colorado Grand has raised $4 million.

The 2013 scholarship recipients were Colorado Mesa University (CMU) student Uriel Lozano of Paonia; Ashley Lynn Potts of Salida, attending Colorado State University; Maddie McClung of Lake City, CMU; Deanna G. Irvin of Moab, University of Utah; and Vail’s Haylie Lengel, University of Colorado-Boulder.


Meanwhile, Rita Neubauer, the new PR person for the Summit County Arts Exhibit Committee, writes of a show opening this weekend featuring four area photogs: Sunday, 4 p.m., at The Art Forum in County Commons Lobby adjacent to the entrance of the Main Branch library in Frisco.

A talk by Scott Cramer of Vail kicks off the event, with free admission. Others showing works are Todd Powell and Mary Staby, both from Frisco, and Dave Watson, who lives in Eagle.

“All four are passionate about being outdoors, in wild and not-so-wild places seeing inspiring nature,” says Rita. “Their photos display natural elements such as landscapes, wildlife, plants, and close-ups of natural scenes and textures.”


Spotted out and about in a variety of social scenes were Patty and Robin Theobald, Ada and Harold Anderson, Cindi and Scott Gelman, Janet Carter, Dot Vanderbeck, Trygve Berge, Susan and Steve Lapinsohn, Cristina, Siena, and Lance Foster; Brian Collins, Cynthia Goda and Steve Puchek, Maryann and Jim Annunziata, Judy Gunson, Janet Freese, Mary and Harold Wilson, Kay and Bill Henkhaus, Kouri Wolf and son Todd Ulmer, John Swartz, Chelsea Lynch and Chuck Roth, Lauren and John Fisher, Gina and Dave Westcott, Cheryl and Dennis Johnson, Lynn and Bob Butts, Jan Moss and Pat Butler, Marcia and Joe Newhart, Mary and Nick Logan, Steve Immer, Susan Juergensmeier, Agnar and Debbie Fjordholm, Keith Chew, Judy and Sam Roach, Leslie and Cameron Walker, Tom Neils, Phil Wilson, Darby Piens, Bernie Gitt, Jim Saylor, Larry and Barbara Patterson, Rob Philippe, Lemonsakers Tom Hannan and Beth Ann Steffe, those brothers Vino Passarelli, Mark and Frank; and Ten Mile Creek Kayaks’ Matti and Laura Wade and son Magnus Julius.

Miles F. Porter IV, nicknamed “Spike,” a Coloradan since 1949, is an Army veteran, former Climax miner, graduate of Adams State College, and a local since 1982. An award-winning investigative reporter, he and wife Mary E. Staby owned newspapers here for 20 years. Email your social info to

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