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Copperstate 1000 celebrates vintage cars and Arizona byways



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The Bell Lexus North Scottsdale Copperstate 1000 celebrated its 27th running last month with 79 cars that drove across the best parts of Arizona (aka the Copper State, hence the name).

“The Copperstate is a little different than the Colorado Grand or the California Mille in that we take newer cars – up to 1973,” said the rally’s Kelly Whitton. “That gives collectors the option to take something like that rally-raced Ford Escort RS MK1 or an Alfa Romeo Montreal.”

Scanning the entry list revealed cars you’d expect in such an event, like early Jaguars, Astons, Porsches, Ferraris and Mercedes, but also more modern cars like a ’69 Ford Boss Mustang 302, a ’73 Ferrari Dino, a pair of DeTomaso Panteras along with that Escort RS and Alfa Montreal.

The cars took off from Tempe Diablo Stadium on Sunday, April 2 and made their way north to Flagstaff, Arizona for the first night.  Participants got to experience all the weather that Arizona has to offer from warm sunshine to rain, sleet, hail, and even a little snow. The 2017 route took drivers through some of Arizona’s most scenic highways and historic towns – Jerome, Sedona, Skull Valley and two stops in National Monuments (Sunset Crater and Wupatki) as well as a drive through Grand Canyon National Park.

The rally is put on by the Men’s Art Council supporting the Phoenix Art Museum. The MAC is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and in those 50 years has donated more than $10 million to the PAM. MAC and PAM, wham bam. If this sounds like fun, they also hold the Copperstate Overland in October, which is for off-road vehicles — a couple of fun events for a good cause.




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