Cruise Above Clouds an ongoing success in area

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A magnificent and majestic tribute to the automobile of the past, Cruise Above the Clouds highlights the ingenuity of people who take the idea of restoration to the absolute max.

This year’s “cruise” is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 14 at Fairview and Henrietta streets.

The annual run to Cripple Creek begins at 5 p.m., and the show resumes on Bennett Avenue at 9 a.m. Sept. 15.

Founded in 1991 by Gene Kozleski and Jack Maher, Cruise Above the Clouds began with five or six cars in Lions Park. As the number of entrants increased, the club moved the show to Kavanagh Field.

“It just kept getting bigger and bigger,” said Marsh Sanders, one of the original members. “Today we keep the entrants at 300 cars, but still have more than that show up.”

The entrants come from all over, Pueblo, Denver, the Pikes Peak Region and New Mexico. “Some cars come on trailers but most of them are driven,” Sanders said.

The price range of the antique cars reflects the dedication and enthusiasm of the collectors as well as the evolution of the American automobile.

“The prices vary; if you had a car built, a do-it-yourself in a home garage, $50,000 is kind of a starting point in today’s market,” Sanders said.

The club awards prizes for cars in several categories, including one called The Barn Fine. “The car looks like it just came out of a barn; it’s not painted - nothing,” he said.

Over the years, the club is noted for its contributions to nonprofit organizations in Teller County as a result of the annual show.

Last year, the club awarded $28,000 to several organizations.

Sanders credits the show’s sponsors for the donations as well as the ongoing success of the show.

This year’s presenting sponsor is the Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mining Co.

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