1996 Copperstate 1000

By: Ron Adams

The sixth annual Cooperstate 1000 was more than a drive around Arizona with a bunch of old cars, it was a drive, a Concours d? Elegance, and a gathering of car lovers. While only a select bunch of folks drove in the Copperstate, the whole community was invited to the starting. This year hundreds of people showed up early Sunday morning on April 21st to witness just this. But you don?t need a vintage 1967 car to participate, there was the Concours open to all GT cars of all makes and model years. This years featured marque was Porsche. While they dominated the car show, several Ferraris did participate.

Coperstate Start Coperstate StartThe start of the Copperstate 1000.

Each year the rally if officially started with the first car being waved off with the green flag by a local celebrity. This year Indy 500 winner Arie Luyendyk waved off the eager participants. The rally took participants up North through Sedona to Lake Powell in a 1000 miles circle ending back in Phoenix four days later. If you are interested in participating in the Cooperstate 1000 in 1997, they can be reached at 602-252-8382.