Rallye Glenwood is all in the family
Laverne has a rusty exterior but a heart of gold. Stella, a Colorado native all her life, boasts an African rosewood dashboard. And Carlene, born in 1974, is one of only a few hundred of her kind.Although Laverne is a Volkswagen bug, Stella is a Triumph TR6, and Carlene is an MG, to their owners, the cars are just another member of the family.
“She’s my baby,” said Lakewood resident Carolyn Lambert of Laverne, who has a twin Volkswagen sister, Harriet, at home. “Everyone wanted me to paint over her orange and rust, but she’s got lots of character.”At the 52nd annual Rallye Glenwood Springs on Saturday, 96 classic cars glistened in the parking lot of Two Rivers Park, waiting for the day’s driving competition. The weekend event, sponsored by the MG Car Club’s Rocky Mountain Centre, is the oldest continuing rallye in the United States, said Jack Knopinski of the club. From British sportscars to German elites, the care owners put into their vehicles often infuses them with their own humanlike personalities.”I talk to her way too much,” said Golden resident Nik Rapelje of Carlene, a Tahiti blue ‘7412 MG who is nine months older than her owner. Carlene, unique in that she is one of only a few hundred MGs built before the 1975 series (which the company “rushed through,” Rapelje said), used to be a racecar until she was lovingly nursed back to her refurbished condition.A few cars down, Karl Prager of Palisade looked over Stella, a white Triumph TR6 that was a victim of a DPO – “darn previous owner” – before Prager bought her.
“I call her Stella, so when she breaks down on the side of the road, I can scream at her, ‘Stella!'” Prager said. Not that it happens too often: Stella’s six-cylinder engine still holds up. “She’s been real good to me,” he said.”All my cars are ‘shes,'” said Sue Spooner, sitting in the driver’s seat of her 1972 Triumph TR6. Sue and husband John Spooner, of Estes Park, have more than 30 classic cars in their family, including a 1948 Roadster with a rumble seat. Although the red Triumph that the Spooners drove today doesn’t have a nickname, John Spooner said he thinks “a lot of British cars are female and the American muscle cars are male.”The cars began leaving Two Rivers Park at 9:01 a.m., with one car leaving per minute until all 96 were on the road. Volunteers at five checkpoints at various segments of the journey timed the cars, and trophies will be given out on Sunday for the teams that get the least penalty points for going under or over a time limit. Rapelje listened to the Phil Vassar song “Carlene,” the car’s namesake, as she rummaged in Carlene’s “boot” (the British term for trunk.) “Looking good, Carlene,” sang the twangy voice.
“There’s nothing better than a blue Colorado sky and a blue MG on the road,” Rapelje said.Contact Christine Dell’Amore: 945-8515, ext. firstname.lastname@example.org
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