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Fast cars and philanthropy
There were no shortages of ''oohs and ahs'' from appreciative spectators when Utah Fast Pass, an organization based in Salt Lake with members who own exotic, expensive cars including; Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Porsches, Maseratis, Corvettes, and Ford GTs, rolled into Kanab on August 5.
"It''s so beautiful here," said Mike Anderson of Salt Lake, who had driven his Noble on the ride. Participating in the group for the past four years, Anderson said he''s proud of the money Utah Fast Pass has donated to charitable causes.
There were 39 participating cars, with approximately 110 people in attendance. Fast Pass was escorted into town by a large contingent of Utah High Patrol and local law enforcement. The flashy cars made an impression on locals, as well as tourists
Fast Pass cars parked on Main Street for spectators to admire their wheels, and then enjoyed a luncheon at the LDS church before traveling onto other destinations. Kanab City received $2000 from the club to host the meal, and the Kane Schools Foundation representatives prepared and served the food.
Larry H. Miller who passed away this past year, was the inspiring founder of Utah Fast Pass. It is a charitable organization that has provided scholarships to 50 Utah high school students, 15 rural community grants, significant donations to public safety organizations, including the Honoring Heroes Foundation, and donations to 11 other charitable organizations.
James and Cobra Collier of Phoenix, AZ., driving their Lamborghini, said that they were impressed with the scenery and peoples'' friendliness. "We''ve been involved with this club all four years," said James Collier. "It''s a charity event and we get to contribute to towns in Utah."
Gail Miller of Salt Lake, said she has been involved with the group for a long time. Driving a Shelby Mustang GT 500, she also praised the ride and visit to Kanab. "It''s is so beautiful. Utah has the most spectacular scenery."
"We were just amazed by the rock formations," said Duane Gilleland, who had come from Minneapolis, MN., with three friends who also participated in the ride. They had their cars shipped to Salt Lake. "This is so beautiful here. We love it and the people, and the reception in Kanab has been so wonderful."
Group representative Troy Tait said Fast Pass participants were wowed by their visit and reception in Kanab. He said that many had commented that they would be back. "This was far above and beyond what any of us expected. The banners, hotel billboard welcomes, everything...it''s just been amazing to us."
At the conclusion of the visit, Fast Pass chairman Tom Mabey and tour coordinator Troy Tait presented Mayor Lawson, Police Chief Tom Cram, Kane County Travel Council and event organizing committee members including Karen Alvey and Kelly Stowell, with a check and event memorabilia.