You've carefully packed your clothes. You've diligently stowed your extra parts and tools. Your Superformance is caringly detailed and polished to a gleaming shine. There's fresh air in your tires and premium fuel filled in your tank. You have your map between the seats and GPS programmed on the dash. Wallet? check. Sandwiches and drinks? check. Belts on? roger. So here we are ladies and gentlemen. It is finally time, to start... your... Engines!
Imagine yourself in your Superformance, traveling at speed with the wind in your hair and the sun on your shoulder leaving all of your cares behind you, for you are on your way to the big event you have been waiting for since you bought your car. This is it. Hundreds of fellow owners traveling in from all around the country all at the same time. And you are on your way. It's the first ever, one and only Superformance Superfest!
After a beautiful clear sky blue day on the open road into the great American west, you pull into a quaint little motel behind a warm orange glow sunset inviting you in to where all you can see is sun soaked prairie for miles around you. You carry your suitcases into your room, clean up and walk over to the little cafe for a nice dinner. As you dine another Superformance rolls into the lot. Then another, and another. Pretty soon there is a half dozen Cobras, GT's, Coupes and S-1's in the parking lot. All Superformance's and each tale of their journey shared is as unique as the car that brought them here, which geographically would be defined as... the middle of nowhere.
As weary souls turn in for a good nights rest, the eager machines wait patiently in quiet silence surrounded by the prairie solitude. After soothing hours of peaceful bliss, the early dawn's rise is heightened by the thunder of rumbling exhausts from the fire breathing monsters shaking the ground, as the little sports cars make their way out onto the open highway. And there you are, in the midst of dozens of Superformance's rolling in a several mile long convoy where pioneer settlers once traveled. After several thousand thumbs-ups, cell phone photos taken by passing cars and dropped jaws littering the road behind you, you see a faint but distinct image on the horizon. It's outline the legendary and majestic Rocky Mountains.
The mountains seem to loom higher and higher in the sky and seem to be growing larger exponentially as each mile draws closer. Soon the flat plains abruptly incline sharply as the steep ascent into the massive Rockies begin. Suddenly everything around you changes into an otherworldly surrounding of scenic sensory overload. And it's just you, and your Superformance.
As you are taking it all in, you arrive at a charming little mountain town hidden deep within the Rockies and nestled up against the base of a huge mountain that seems to just climb for miles straight up. Turning into this cozy little burg, the owners of the dozens and dozens of Superformance cars parked at all the different hotels on the main drag wave and smile as you drive by. Reaching your hotel, a parking lot full of this famous replicar are waiting to greet you with open arms, a handshake and a cool refreshing beverage. You, my friend, have made it to this once in a lifetime gathering!
After unpacking, polishing up your well traveled steed and having a bite to eat, the infamous parking lot parties erupt spontaneously at all the hotels in all the little towns chained together by a curvaceous black ribbon of road. While you just want to just sit back, relax and let it all in, later you decide to cruise the myriad of other lots and meeting places to get to know your fellow Super-Buds. Sleepy time soon arrives and is a welcomed friend after a long journey, and there is nothing quite like a good night's rest in the clear, crisp, clean air high up in the serene solitude of the Colorado Rockies.
The next sunrise brings a beautiful morning and the first day of the event you have been longing for. After enjoying a scrumptious breakfast with fellow Superformance friends you never knew before, a full tank a fuel, some munchies and a few cold drinks are next on your list of things to do before the big day begins.
Picking up a few cars along the way and arriving at the headquarters of the cruising grounds, you visualize a sea of Superformances dressed in gleaming gorgeous colors of all kinds. Each designated cruise route has signs with lines of cars in them, so you can choose your preference. From long distances to short, from numerous cars to just a few, and from spirited drives to casually relaxing and scenic. It's all your choice!
As each individual line of cars pull out of the lot and head in their chosen direction, here you are, finally! On the road with maybe just a few cars, or maybe a lot of cars... but all part of the hundreds and hundreds of Superformance cars rumbling the pavement and echoing through the magnificent mountain sides during this historic event. As you curve and carve your way through the deep snakey canyon roads, you feel the G's and smell the pines in the crisp air in one of the most lovely days you have ever experienced in all your life. And, you are among friends.
After miles of the most spectacular scenery in the world, a wonderful little lunch stop meets up with the other groups coming in from their respective routes. Without notice, and impromptu car show breaks out and the restaurant lot is filled with hundreds of people looking, gawking, asking questions and welcoming you to their secret place in paradise. A nice lazy afternoon's drive awaits as the cars leave in their small groups and head upwards, deep into the spectacular alpine wilderness. Wow, what a day!
Arriving back to your hotel a mental reminder is needed to download your pictures as your camera is completely full. Using the cleaning supplies the hotel left out for you, a sparkling clean car awaits your guidance as you head downtown where all the Superformances are lined up on both sides of the street for a gathering of Superflific dimensions in this welcoming little town.
With streetside cafe's and doorway distilleries inviting your presence, a memorable evening of camaraderie fills the air as each regales their tales of travel for the day. As the soft sun sets into the comforting western sky and a quiet dimly lit calm befalls the sleepy little historic gold mining town, another refreshing night's sleep beckons you to your warm bed waiting for you at over eight thousand feet above sea level. Dreams of drives and images of scenery lull you to a deep restful sleep, and a smile forms on your unconscious face, knowing there are four more days of magic to come.
Because... this is just the first day, of the
Superformance Superfest week!