The 30th annual Sugar Valley Rally Kicked off Saturday June 2, from the Western Nebraska Regional Airport in Scottsbluff with around 60 cars, drivers and navigators.
The group of old and fairly old cars headed out for Banner County at 8 a.m. not trying beat each other in speed, but by precision.
Many of the drivers were from the area driving other people’s cars, but rookie driver and navigator John Morrison and his grandson, Colin Anderson were driving Morrison’s 2007 GT Mustang.
“I always dreamed of owning a Mustang,” Morrison said. “I bought it here in Scottsbluff and now it’s my favorite car.”
Morrison entered the race, so his grandson could continue to ride in the event. Colin used to ride with his folks David and Kim Anderson of Melbeta, but he can no longer ride with them.
“He’ll be my navigator,” Morrison said. “On our first leg we did poorly, until we got in the groove, and today I think we’ll do much better.”
Colin’s parents, will also be driving for their fifth year in Kim’s ‘68 Mustang.
“We like it because it’s challenging and fun,” said David Anderson. “This (Mustang) is the first car Kim ever had and we’re slowly restoring it.”
The two teams enjoy the rally for more than just driving, but also enjoy hanging out with others who like cars.
The Saturday route takes the cars to Harrisburg for a pit stop and then south to Kimball and along Highway 30 to Chappell and Potter before returning to the Legacy of the Plains Museum. Sunday the participants will travel west to Lyman before ending as usual in Gering at Tom Cozad’s garage.