The 2011 Run to the Red Rocks Car Show was a big success, according to President Mary Poe of the Red Rock Roadrunners Car Club. Poe stated, “There were 83 cars and other vehicles at the show on Main Street, our largest number ever.”

The car show was held on June 10 and 11 under beautiful, blue Kanab skies. According to reports from club members, this was also the largest crowd of visitors on Saturday, talking “cars” with the vehicle owners. Our international visitors seemed to enjoy the older classic cars and trucks, with at least one charter bus of Asian visitors unloading near the show. Spectators were encouraged to vote for their favorite vehicle.

The Participant’s Choice Trophy went to Fred Smith of St. George with his 1950 Oldsmobile with only 16,650 original miles. The original spare tire is still in the trunk, the upholstery looks new, but dates to 1950, as does the rest of the car.

The Best of Show was a 1964-1/2 bright poppy red Mustang convertible owned by Jim and Jerry Askee of Santa Clara, Utah.

The oldest vehicle on display was a 1917 Ford pickup locally owned by Frank Olsen of Kanab.

What was promised as a “herd of ponies” showed up when the Northern and Southern Utah Mustang Owners Clubs brought in nearly a dozen Mustangs of various years and models. There were 16 “ponies” registered after adding the locally-owned Mustangs. In addition, there were several Corvettes on display courtesy of the St. George Corvette Club.

Local artist Ron Henderson, of Nizhoni Stone, created the sandstone trophies given away late Saturday afternoon. There were 15 classes with first and second place trophies presented for each class.

Colt Henderson, of American National Insurance, grilled burgers again for the participants. Kane County Tourism and Film Commission is the major sponsor for the annual car show.

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 to Moqui Cave and through the Kanab streets en masse, while the rest of the participants enjoyed a quiet evening in the park.

On Saturday, cars started lining up on North Main Street at 8 a.m. and provided entertainment through 3 p.m. after the trophies and awards were presented.

Because of the generosity of the local Kanab merchants, numerous donations were drawn for and given to the spectators and participants throughout the day. Several participants remained in Kanab that evening and returned home on Sunday.

Poe said the event was good family fun with young kids enjoying the vehicles as much as the adults.