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British racing gray

Amanda Holt MillerWestern Garfield County Staff
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While weather rained on classic car enthusiasts parade this weekend, it didnt rain them out.The MG Car Club, Rocky Mountain Centre, hosted its 53rd annual Rallye Glenwood Springs from Friday through Sunday. More than 120 drivers registered their classic cars.Gloria Bade and Curtis Olson drove Bades 19741/2 MGB, a classic British convertible, over Independence Pass in the snow with the top down Saturday morning.The 1/2 is important, Bade said. The car was manufactured halfway through 1974 for distribution as a commemorative 25th anniversary car in 1975.When you have a convertible, you drive a convertible, Bade said.You miss so much going over Independence Pass with the top up, Olson added.The pair stood outside of a crowded covered picnic area holding umbrellas Sunday morning while someone wearing a rain jacket barbecued the groups lunch.This is typical winter weather in England, Bade said. This is fashionable. If youre swayed by the weather, youre not a real enthusiast.The Rallye Glenwood Springs was Bades first car show in Colorado. She lives in Pueblo and bought her classic car on a whim. She said she found an advertisement in the paper, went to look at it and was hooked.I saw it and I thought wow, can I have that? Bade said. So, I bought it for a song and a little dance.The weather did put a bit of a damper on the event, said Ron Akin, an event organizer. Only a few cars appeared at the Centennial Park show Friday night.It was raining like blazes, and I think some people stayed away, Akin said. The rain has been a challenge. But we like to look at it as an opportunity. We typically see these cars with their tops down. Now we get to see them prepared for the weather. Its a different angle.

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