The sight of 60 pre-1970 sports, racing and Grand Touring cars negotiating the twists and turns of the road that leads to Tonto Natural Bridge was a racing car buff's delight.
The vintage cars were participating in the Copperstate 1000 Rallye that began April 18 in Phoenix and wrapped up four days later in Scottsdale. During the competition, the cars traveled to Hon-Dah, Snowflake, Jerome, Wickenburg, Show Low, Sedona and Payson.
The mid-day Sunday stop at the natural bridge was for a catered lunch.
Spectators were enamored by the display of Jaguars, Mercedes-Benzes, Bentleys, Maseratis, Porsches and Alfa Romeos.
But it was the Corvettes that I enjoyed swooning over, especially those of the late 1960s when Chevrolet was churning out sharp-looking, split-windowed fast backs.
The Copperstate 1000 was a benefit for the Phoenix Art Museum and sponsored by the Men's Art Council.
Morris Memorial set
The inaugural Jack Morris Memorial Payson High School Football Club Golf Tournament will be June 19 at Payson Golf Course.
Proceeds from the benefit will be donated to the booster club and to an annual college scholarship fund.
The booster club uses the money to purchase much-needed team items that are not available in the strapped-tight athletic budget.
The scholarship will award a stipend in Morris' memory each year to a graduating senior who is continuing his/her education. The scholarship awards will begin with the class of 2005.
The benefit tournament is sponsored by booster club member Gary Cordell of Touchdown Sales and the golf committee.
"Thanks to people like Gary, the Payson Rodeo Committee, Mogollon Sporting Association, Mazatzal Casino and Steve Sachak, Payson football is a better program, Payson High is a better school and Payson is a better place to live," Longhorn football coach Jerry Rhoades said.
Morris -- the Longhorns' offensive/defensive line coach and a member of the 1986 PHS team that reached the state championship -- died Feb. 23 of complications from a stroke he suffered days earlier. He was 34 years old.
The scramble tournament, which is open to all amateur golfers, tees off at 7:30 a.m. with a shotgun start. The entry fee is $85 per player which includes green fees, cart, food and prize money.
The field will be limited to the first 110 golfers who register. Sign-up ends June 10.
Prizes will include closest-to-the-pin awards on all par-3 holes, longest drive in the fairways and a hole-in-one gift on a preselected hole.
Other prizes are currently being accepted by the tournament golf committee.
In addition to accepting players for the tournament, the golf committee is searching for more event sponsors.
All donations are tax deductible and a tax ID number is available.
For more information, call Cordell at (928) 474-2111.
Entry forms are available at the Roundup, 708 N. Beeline Highway.