Every August, the small town of Gunnison, CO hosts a car show on main street. I was driving with my wife to meet up with friends in the even smaller town of Paonia, CO. Our almost 6 hour car ride would land us in one of Colorado’s unique wine towns. There aren’t many vineyards in the Colorado mountains, but there are a couple. Along the way we stopped in Gunnison to grab a bite to eat. Luckily, we pulled through the town just as they were kicking off their annual car show.
The Gunnison Colorado Car Show featured classic cars for the most part, and a couple off-road builds.
Gunnison and its 6,500 residents can be found in a valley known for its ranching history and bountiful hunting grounds going back to the 1800s. The town is named after John W. Gunnison, a United States Army officer who surveyed for a transcontinental railroad in 1853. A couple other factoids are that the area has 800 miles of mountain bike trails and is presently home to Western Colorado University.
But If you’re into classic cars, Gunnison puts on a special car show. Here were my 5 favorite rides:
1951 Chevrolet 3100 Pickup Truck
This Chevy is painted in a stunning brown and is lowered over black wheels. Chevrolet made the 3100 from 1947 to 1955 and it filled the position in Chevy’s lineup as the half-ton, light-duty truck . When the truck came off the line, the inline six-cylinder engine put out a whopping 92 horsepower.
1938 Chevrolet Master Coupe
This ‘38 Chevy had an awesome paint job. The wheels were just what the car needed without being too flashy. Chevy produced the Master from 1933-1942.
1978 Custom 4 door Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser
I thought this Land Cruiser was straight-up badass! Plenty of custom modifications make this 4×4 stand out in the best of ways. In due time, I hope to have a manual FJ40 in my garage.
1932 Ford Roadster
A hotrod like this red Ford really makes me want to put on some ZZ Top! Ford made just over 12,000 of these Roadsters in 1932. Since then, many have been used as the basis for truly custom and unique hot rods.
1956 Chevrolet Corvette (C1)
The owner of this classic Corvette must have taken proper care of the car. As a result, It’s a great example of a first generation Corvette. Chevrolet produced the C1 Corvette from 1953 to 1962. People often call these models the “solid-axle” generation.
Lastly, the Gunnison Car Club is responsible for the event and they have their own Instagram you can check out too.
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