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Utah Fast Pass stops at Pioneer Park in Price

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Carbon County residents take a look at a Ford GT40 as the driver of a Ferrari explains his car's capabilities.

Price was chosen as one of the stops to the first Utah Fast Pass on Monday. Utah Fast Pass is a non-profit organization which is chartered primarily to provide charitable contributions to the Utah Highway Patrol's Honoring Heroes Foundation and to fund local community projects. The event is designed to showcase the rare "super cars" of yesterday and today.

There are 32 participants in the inaugural year for this event which features such vehicles as a Lamborghini Muira Jaguar E Type, Cobra McLaren M1, Ford GT, Aston Martin and a Ferrari F40 Porsche Carrera GT. The three-day drive is a 900-mile trek which began at the Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele County. During the course of the drive, participants were allowed to test out their vehicles' speed and get a lap time on the 4.5 mile road course. The event took place during July 30 to Aug. 2.

The route took drivers through four national forests, the Uintah Indian Reservation, the Grand-Staircase Escalante National Monument and into Capitol Reef National Park. On a closed road along the route on day 3, UHP troopers clocked speeds and "fined" drivers with all proceeds going to the UHP foundation.

The foundation was organized to protect and provide for fallen and wounded troopers and for the well being of the dependents and employees of the UHP and the Department of Public Safety. The intent is to assist with expenses not covered by insurance when troopers are injured on the job, killed in the line of duty, or encounter other catastrophic expenses not of their own making. Future goals of this organization include providing scholarships for DPS family members.

Also included in the foundation are local service projects to assist rural communities throughout the state and also educational scholarships to sponsor students and provide valuable opportunities for the youth in these remote areas.

Price and five other cities, Delta, Escalante, Duchesne, Torie and Tooele, are each to receive an as of yet undisclosed amount to fund future community projects and educational scholarships.

"This is a great example of people who care coming together and having fun and at the same time able to raise money for a great cause," said Troy Tait, the president of the Honoring Heroes Foundation.

Drivers were required to pay a $5,000 entrance fee to participate in the event all of which will go towards the non-profit organization. Participants were more than willing to donate their time, money and cars to travel and enjoy what Utah and its communities have to offer.

"This is a terrific experience for us all, there is a great collection of cars for the public to enjoy, and the scenic beauty that the route has to offer is phenomenal. We also really do appreciate all the support that the HP has offered to us as well," said Roger Miller, who is riding along with his brother, Brian. Their father is Larry H. Miller who is a major contributor to the event.

The tour ends at the Miller Motorsports Park at a gala event with the likes of Olympian Jim Shea and Larry Miller addressing the crowd.

"It is important to note all the safety precautions that the Highway Patrol has taken for such an event. We know what the foundation stands for so we must protect the integrity of the event with numerous safety inspections, driver briefings, and having a constant UHP escort throughout the 900 mile drive. We can't thank Price enough for the welcome they gave us," said Lt. Doug McCleve, the public information officer for the UHP and the DPS.

All proceeds that will go to charitable organizations were raised through various corporate and private contributions and a silent auction.

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