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Copperstate 1000 returns to Arizona | Characteristics

Copperstate 1000 returns to Arizona |  Characteristics

The 32nd annual Bell Lexus North Scottsdale Copperstate 1000 race returns to Arizona on Sunday, April 3.

One of North America’s premier vintage car road rallies, Copperstate 1000 celebrates automotive cultural heritage by showcasing some of the best working examples of vintage, sports, racing, classic and grand touring automobiles. manufactured before the 1974 model year.

“The Men’s Arts Council established this event in 1990 as a fundraiser for the Phoenix Art Museum and the event continues to set the benchmark for excellence,” said Joel Coen, new President of the Men’s Arts Council. .

“Our members, event attendees and even the public are thrilled to have this iconic event returning post-pandemic.”

Each year a new route covers 1,000 miles of beautiful desert terrain, verdant river valleys and alpine scenery throughout Arizona and beyond. Approximately 90 qualified classic cars compete with drivers and co-drivers from across the United States, Canada, Mexico and Europe. The relationships formed during these gatherings often turn into lifelong friendships, and many attendees return.

“The collector car hobby continues to thrive as a lifestyle as more collectors drive and enjoy their vintage cars,” said Keith McLaine, president of Copperstate 1000.

“The Copperstate 1000 is the epitome of such a lifestyle event and allows participants to enjoy four days of glorious fully supported riding with fellow enthusiasts while having nothing but the pure exhilaration of the open road. open to tackle as all the details were handled by our more than knowledgeable staff – from luxury accommodations and full meals to welcome parties in the parking lot and a U-sponsored baggage truck Haul, the MAC team thinks of everything.

Bell Lexus North Scottsdale has supported the Copperstate 1000 as title sponsor for more than 20 years and is loaning five new vehicles in case a rally car cannot finish.

Copperstate 1000’s Roadrunner event runs from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Tempe Diablo Stadium, where cars are lined up outside the field like a track and are announced when they begin to depart at 10 a.m.

“Local car owners are also more than welcome to display their automobiles in the west parking lot,” Coen said. “There really is no such thing. Whether you’re a die-hard fan or just looking for something to do with the family, you won’t want to miss the Roadrunner.

Notable cars will be competing in the Copperstate 1000 this year, including a 1952 Cunningham C2 Lemans race car. Mans.

Featuring a sporty aluminum body in the latest styling mated to Chrysler’s new 331 ci Hemi overhead valve engine with 3-speed LaSalle gearshift, the C2 had power to spare.

It had a tubular ladder frame, conventional Cadillac front drums, mounted on an independent double-wishbone front suspension, connected to a DeDion rear axle with trick inner drums. Success has been mixed.

Of the three cars entered, only one finished in 1951. The car raced to second place for much of the race, being clocked at 154 mph on the Mulsanne, but it finished a disappointing 18th after being slowed down by mechanical problems at the end of the race. .

Another must-have is the 1953 Studebaker Commander. It was the brainchild of famous car designer Raymond Loewy. The iconic low-slung design has an aerodynamic profile, which has made it a favorite of road racers for 70 years. This Starlight Coupe underwent a frameless conversion from a production model in 2012 and was subsequently campaigned five times in Mexico on La Carrera Panamericana and the Chihuahua Express. During the conversion, the chassis and suspension were tuned for endurance road racing and a custom 302 race engine, Tremec five-speed, Wilwood disc brakes, quick-change rear gears, battery-powered fuel, a protective cage and a fire extinguishing system were installed.