The annual Run to the Red Rocks Car Show was a big success according to President Keith Miller of the Red Rock Roadrunners Car Club. Miller stated “There were 54 cars and other vehicles entered into the show. Over 32% of the vehicles at the show were from out-of-town.” 

The car show was held on June 12 and 13 under cool, blue Kanab skies.  According to reports from the club’s members there was a good crowd of visitors wandering through the cars all during the day on Saturday talking “car” with the vehicle owners.  Our international visitors really seemed to enjoy the older classic cars and trucks.  Spectators were encouraged to vote for their favorite vehicle.

The People’s Choice Award went to Daniel Sneidmiller of St. George with his 1955 pearl white Thunderbird.  Sneidmiller was the big winner as he also received beautiful-carved sandstone trophies for Best of Show, Participants’ Choice, and 1st Place in Sports Car Class.  

Benny and Claudia Mendoza of Toquerville with their customized turquoise 1947 Ford Club Coupe received the large sandstone trophy designated as the Kane County Award. This vehicle was selected by staff of Kane County Tourism as their favorite among all vehicles. Kane County Tourism and Film Commission is the major sponsor for the annual car show.

Gil Perea, Kanab, with his 1956 restored red Ford Pickup was selected by the Roadrunners club members for their top award called the Roadrunners’ Choice Trophy. 

Nizhoni Stone of Fredonia created the 39 sandstone trophies that were given away late Saturday afternoon. There were 13 classes with first, second and third place trophies presented for each class.  Club Members Noel Poe and Gil Perea were pleased there were four model cars entered by Kanab kids in the Youth Class with three of the four models receiving sandstone trophies.  The Youth Class was a new class in 2009 and created to encourage participation by area boys and girls.

Other vehicles such as Pete Luchka’s red 1969 Corvette and Dave Wilson’s 1999 bright yellow Ferrari attracted their own attention all over downtown when they started their engines, each with their unique, throaty roar. 

Most of the out-of-town participants arrived Friday afternoon in time for the free participants’ beef barbeque dinner held at the Gazebo.  After dinner approximately 30 vehicles cruised the Kanab streets en masse while the rest of the participants enjoyed a quiet evening in the park. 

Saturday, cars started lining up on north Main Street at 8 a.m. and provided entertainment until about 4 p.m. after the trophies and awards were presented.  Throughout the day numerous donations were drawn and given to the spectators and participants. 

Several participants remained in Kanab that evening and returned home on Sunday.  Miller said the event was good family fun with young kids enjoying the vehicles as much as the adults.