The Beeline Cruise-in and Charity Auto Show has become so popular, classic, vintage and antique cars had to be turned away this year.
"We had 300 cars and had to turn 60 cars away," said Fritz Day, a member of the Rim Country Classic Auto Club, which hosts the big show each year. In fact, according to Norm Atkin, co-chairman of the event, registration closed two weeks early because of the overwhelming interest in the show.
The event cleared $14,000 which will be donated to area charities and used for scholarships, Day said.
The charities will be selected at the group's June meeting.
Special trophies were presented in nine different categories and there were 41 car and truck classes where first-, second- and third-place trophies were also awarded.
The special trophies and recipients were:
- Car Club Participation: Desert Classic Chevys Inc., which entered 13 cars;
- Longest Distance: John and Linda Collins, who drove 738 miles from Calhan, Colo. to participate;
- Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce Choice Award, presented by Kevin Dick, chamber board: Bill and Pat Ruminer, Scottsdale, and their 1965 Pontiac Catalina;
- Main Street Choice Award, presented by Carol McCauley, director of the Payson Main Street Project: John Fajardo, Flagstaff, and his 1957 Ford Fairlane;
- Best Paint Award: Bob and Sherry Casper, Peoria, and their 1939 Ford Roadster;
- Best Engine Award: Chris and Susan Slingluff, Glendale, and their 1972 Chevy pickup;
- Best Display Award: Ernie Ortega, Taylor, and his 1977 Chevy Silverado; and
- Best of Show Award: Bob and Sherry Casper, Peoria, and their 1939 Ford Roadster.
In addition to the trophies and award plaques, the club gave away three grand prize cash awards totaling $1,000 for the Poker Walk.
The auto show had 41 sponsors this year, each donating $250 to purchase all the materials and supplies needed to present the event.
Businesses in the community also contributed prizes for a raffle.