The 2013 Range Rover HSE Sport poses proudly after climbing CORE's biggest hill.

An overview of the 3rd Annual Rocky Mountain Driving Experience

In three short years, the Rocky Mountain Driving Experience (RMDE) has grown to include over 25 automotive journalists and broadcasters; 32 of the newest, most innovative vehicles on the road, greatly enhanced by the presence of at least a dozen, if not more, highly knowledgeable factory representatives.

These folks gather at RMDE each year to drive, discuss and learn about the latest features and aspects of all the automobiles, SUVs and trucks on hand for the event. This takes place on the highways and byways of the scenic and colorful state of Colorado, the challenging and varied elevation of the High Plains Raceway and the offroad test crucible of CORE, a thorough test ground for 4X4 warriors and wannabes in the vehicles specifically designed to take them to remote places and exotic locales.

On March 13, Day One, the event sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press (RMAP), convened in a meeting room of the Holiday Inn at DIA with a breakfast sponsored by Acura and hosted by Shannon Spurgin, the attending rep for the brand.

Everyone was all abuzz with and about the excellent cappuccino and espresso provided by Espresso Smith who dispensed the stimulating java from a converted Harley fuel tank with output controls on the still-attached handle bars.

Following a breakfast with the assembled journalists, broadcasters and RMAP members, a logistics overview and safety cautions, the RMDE group was turned loose to claim one of the available Ride and Drive vehicles for the trip to Boulder, CO.

It was a scramble to get in the cars, which included the Acura ILX, Audi R8 V10 Coupe & R8 Convertible, BMW 335i Sedan, Buick Regal GS, Chevy Camaro ZL1, Dodge Dart & Dart R/T, Fiat 500 Abarth, Ford Mustang GT, Honda CR-V, Jaguar XJL (supercharged), Jeep Wrangler, KIA Optima Hybrid, Mazda CX5, Mercedes Benz C53 C & SL550c, Mini Cooper S, Mitsubishi Outlander GT, Nissan 370 Z Roadster, Altima & Juke, Range Rover Evoque & HSE Sport, Scion FR-S, Subaru BRZ plus the Volkswagen CC and Golf R.

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