Copperstate Rally Rolls Through Town


Those 88 beautiful vintage automobiles that passed through Payson Monday were on the second leg of the 10th Annual Copperstate 1000 road tour.

The tour kicked off Sunday morning at the Phoenix Art Museum bound for a four-day 1,000 mile lap around Arizona.

The drivers spent the first night in Sedona before proceeding through Payson where they made an impromptu stop in the Swiss Village Shops before heading on to Tucson for the second scheduled stop.

From Tucson, the tour loops through Arivaca, Nogales, Patagonia and back to the Old Pueblo.

After touring the Copper Cities of Globe and Miami, the jaunt wraps up Wednesday at the Mariott-McDowell Mountain Hotel in Scottsdale.

Owners' and drivers' entry fees benefit the Phoenix Art Museum.

Among the cars in the tour are Ferraries, Maseratis, Alfa-Romeos, Porsches, BMWs, Mercedes Benz, Bentleys, Jaguars, Corvettes and Cobras. Almost every car-manufacturing country in the world is represented. All of the entries must have been made before 1970.

The rally is billed as a laid-back event, but there are competitive sections in which the skills of drivers are tested and scored.

Spend the day at BOB

The Arizona Diamondbacks attracted a throng of Rim country baseball fans into their fold during last year's National League West championship season.

With the Beeline Highway improvements nearly finished, it was not unusual for fans to drive to Phoenix, catch an evening game and return to Payson for a good night's sleep before returning to work the next day.

This year, with the Diamondbacks sporting a good chance at making a run to the World Series, the team could draw even more local fans.

For those who can't make the trek to Phoenix or don't have tickets, Diamondbacks games are broadcast regularly on local television.

Arizona opens a three-game home- stand today against the Philadelphia Phillies. The D-Backs play a 162-game schedule that wraps up Oct. 1 in San Francisco.

Lucky Rim country ticket holders -- by season or single game -- will be heating up the Beeline bound for Bank One Ball Park where the excitement of major league baseball unfolds.

As I wrote in Sports Talk last summer after taking in my first Diamondbacks game, one of the real thrills of a visit to Bank One is to watch the celebrated opening of the roll-back roof prior to the game's first pitch.

But that only happens while the desert heat remains cool. Once the 100-degree Phoenix evenings roll around, the roof stays shut.

It's an exciting time of year.

Sports camp

The 39th Annual Arizona Sports Camp will be held in three sessions this summer on the campus of Yavapai College in Prescott.

Sessions will be conducted June 19 to 23, June 26 to 30, July 3 to 7 and July 10 to 14 (girls). Youngsters in grades 3 through 12 are eligible to enroll.

Emphasis in the camp is on basketball shooting, ball handling, position play, defense and individual moves.

Scrimmages are conducted in 1-on-1, 1-on-2, 3-on-3 and full-court 5-on-5 play.

Cost of a week-long session is $310 which includes room, board, on-the-floor instruction, daily classroom sessions, videotape player analysis, T-shirt, films, clinic book, game room and optional swimming. A full-time trainer is on site.

Call Gary Ernst (480) 835-6485 for more information.

Soccer coaches needed

The Town of Payson is desperately looking for four soccer coaches to round out league play, said Recreation Coordinator Beth Kreider.

Most of the teams have started practicing this week for league play, which begins April 24. The four teams without coaches can't begin practice until those positions are filled.

Kreider said anyone interested must work well with children and have a basic knowledge of soccer. To learn more, call Payson Parks and Recreation at 474-5242, ext. 7.

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