Looking back at Mobil Economy Run’s stop in Craig

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Gasoline fuel economy has been of national interest for years, even in 1967 when gas prices averaged 33 cents per gallon.

The Mobil Economy Run, an annual competition that ran from Los Angeles to Detroit, made a stop in Craig for refueling on April 6 of that year.

The event, which took place every year from 1936 to 1968, was designed to provide fuel efficiency numbers on real roads with regular traffic and weather conditions.

Hank’s Mobil Service Station, at the southwest corner of Victory Way and Stout Street, was the scene of the official refueling for the vehicles, which ranged from 6-cylinder compacts to 8-cylinder luxury models.

During the brief stop in Craig that year, contest participants and local residents were treated to a brief concert by the Moffat County High School band under the direction of Vern Davis.

The accompanying photo shows highlights of the local activity that day.

If anyone can help identify band members or other people in the photo, please call the Museum of Northwest Colorado at 824-6360.

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