Copperstate 1000 launching vintage off-road rally

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A vintage Land Rover Series 1 would be a good fit for the Copperstate Overland | Land Rover
A vintage Land Rover Series 1 would be a good fit for the Copperstate Overland | Land Rover
A vintage Land Rover Series 1 would be a good fit for the Copperstate Overland | Land Rover

The Copperstate 1000, the classic car road rally around Arizona that celebrates its 25th anniversary this month, is adding an off-road rally in October.

Called the Copperstate Overland, the new event will be a similar high-caliber affair as the 1000, except this one will take participants with vintage off-road vehicles into Arizona’s world-renowned back country.

Overland Logo lDetails are few at this point, although the dates are October 18-21. Only 20 vehicles will be accepted for the first year, with the criteria that they be off-road vehicles built before 1979. The cost for the event, which benefits the Phoenix Art Museum, has been set at $6,850.

The Copperstate Overland will feature luxury campsites as well as a resort stay. Participants should expect gourmet foods even along the dusty trail.

The website for Copperstate Overland should go up sometime this week at copperstateoverland.com.

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Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.