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2009 Parade Of The Years

The Estes Park Museum Friends & Foundation, Inc. invite you to enjoy a free exhibition of classic cars at the Estes Park Senior Center parking lot, Sunday, May 17th from  8 a.m. to 12 noon. Members of the Estes Park Car Club as well as other car enthusiasts will have the opportunity to talk about their favorite cars. Members of the Rocky Mountain Thunderbird Club, which is a local chapter for the Vintage Thunderbird Club International, will be part of the wonderful cars shown this year. The club was established in 1980 and is dedicated to the preservation and restoration of Thunderbird automobiles.

Talk to the owners and ask about their participation in “The Parade of the Years”, the event commemorating F.O. Stanley’s meeting of the first tourist train excursion of the season. “The golden age of touring,” Stanley might have called it, as his Stanley Mountain Wagon and driver met and picked up the season’s first tourists on Memorial Day at the Loveland Train Station and brought them to his hotel, which was equal to European resorts of the day. Each spring for the last 23 years this tradition has been reenacted by members of the Estes Park Car Club and other area car enthusiasts.

When “The Parade of the Years” was started in 1986 by Dick Paynter, the name was chosen to show that all makes and years of cars were welcome. Tourism was and is vital to Estes Park, it is part of the local history as well as automotive history. Estes Park was one of the first tourist resorts to flourish as the result of car travel. Take the opportunity to see these classic cars and hear stories of cars and history and the impact on our local economy.

“The Parade of the Years” is a two day event starting on Saturday, May 16th at the Loveland Museum (501 No. Lincoln) facilitated by Engaging Loveland and the Town of Loveland. The Country Market of Estes Park and Schmidt’s Bakery in Loveland will provide complimentary coffee and pastries. The tour starts at 10:30 a.m. on a route south from Loveland to Lyons, via some beautiful back roads, then to Hwy. 7, stopping at Allenspark. In Allenspark, the cars will be on view at the Allenspark Community Church from approximately 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

The public is also invited to see the cars at the Aspen Lodge parking lot arriving around 12:45 to 1:00 p.m.(all times approximate). The tour will end in Estes Park with the participants enjoying a tour of the Klink Fire Truck Museum and a barbecue dinner held at the home of Madison and Marty Casey. The activities continue the next morning with breakfast and an Automotive History Talk at the Estes Park Senior Center. The Town of Estes Park will host the breakfast. Classic car owners always enjoy having people come by the Senior Center, on Fourth Street and Hwy. 36, to ask questions and enjoy the cars many of us grew up with and always wanted to own. In addition to the many cars, look for this year’s “Peoples’ Choice Award” winners; Harry Edwards’ 1959 Ford Thunderbird and A.C. Vildibill’s 1939 Chevrolet.

If you are interested in learning how to be a participant in this fun weekend, call Craig Bigler at 586-4839.

Become a member of the Estes Park Friends & Foundation, Inc. to support this and many other programs funded by the Friends. Opportunities to volunteer are available at the upcoming “Annual Historic Tour” as well as the “Coolest Car Show in Colorado.” Call 970-577-3766 for more information and become part of local history.

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