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Rainbow Classics of Utah: On the road for 20 years

by John Northup

Ever feel like hitting the road or just talking cars with other car geeks in the LGBTQ community? Rainbow Classics of Utah is your tribe. Each year, the group makes local driving tours, participates in car shows, visits museums and private collections, and enjoys dinners, cookouts, and social gatherings. All vintages and varieties of cars are welcome and appreciated — from Packards to Pintos to Priuses — but you don’t even have to own a car to join.

As the group celebrates its 20th anniversary this summer, Brett Clifford, past president of the group, recalls, “The club was originally organized at a classic car gathering in Sugarhouse Park in late summer of 2004, led by Lou Dellera, a flight attendant who now lives in Phoenix and remains active in the LGBTQ car community there. He began a long tradition of some of the club’s cars always being an entry in the yearly Utah Pride Parade, sitting above the red leather back seat of his dark blue 1964 Cadillac DeVille convertible, wearing his president sash.”

Most recently, the group became affiliated with Lambda Car Club International, joining a nationwide fraternity of LGBTQ auto enthusiasts. This summer, the group will caravan to Rangely, Colorado to meet up with members of the Denver-based LCCI region and tour an automotive museum. Closer to home, the group will be back in the Utah Pride Parade again this year, and also plans to participate in car shows in Moab, Logan, and elsewhere.

For more information, see facebook.com/groups/RainbowClassics or contact rainbowclassicsutah@gmail.com.

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