MGs return to Glenwood this weekend
The 64th Annual Rallye Glenwood Springs returns this weekend running from Friday through Sunday.
More than 80 people and 70 cars are expected to participate in the rally. Most of the cars are MGs, an old popular British sports car that has club followings all over the world.
“Our MG club is affiliated with the English MG Club,” said Joe Gunderson, publicity chairman for the Rocky Mountain Centre MG Car Club, “but any type of car is able to participate. We’ll get some Miatas and maybe an old VW bus.”
The MG Car Club was started in the 1930s in England. Members share a love of the classic sports car manufactured in England beginning in the 1920s.
Residents can expect to see cars from the Rallye in and around Glenwood all weekend.
The event begins in Lakewood at 8 a.m. Friday. The cars will tour along a designated route toward Glenwood, with the first vehicles arriving around 2 p.m. The Courtyard by Marriott on Wulfsohn Road will host the participants.
The main rally event will take place Saturday starting at 8:01 a.m. with cars leaving from Two Rivers Park at one-minute intervals.
This time-speed-distance rally is the longest continually held rally in the United States, organizers say. The format is based on timing and rewards drivers for navigating a course efficiently. Contestants gain a point for every minute early or late they are in arriving at the designated checkpoints along the route. The objective is to have to the fewest points possible at the end.
According to Gunderson, winning the rally isn’t based solely on how fast you are.
“Stay on course and maintain your speed,” Gunderson said. “That’s how you do well.”
The cars will return to Glenwood around 3 p.m. Saturday.
The event will wrap up Sunday with a car show beginning at 8 a.m. The show will also be held at Two Rivers Park and is free to the public. The rally will conclude around 2 p.m. Sunday following an awards presentation.
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