Rev Up For The Beeline Cruise-In

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When the gleaming classic, vintage and antique automobiles come to town for the annual Beeline Cruise-In, just about everyone turns a little car crazy.

This year, the Cruise-In and its Charity Car Show will be held April 27, 28 and 29.

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Last year, more than 300 cars were included in the Cruise-In. Sixty others had to be turned away due to lack of space. This year, more space has been provided for the show.

Hosted by the Rim Country Classic Auto Club, the 14th annual car show will line Payson's Main Street, between Meadow and South McLane.

Events for the participants begin Friday, April 27. For the public, the show on Main Street is from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 28.

The fabulous cars are the big draw, but there will also be raffles, a 50-50 drawing, the vehicles will be judged, oldies music played and food available from 25 different vendors.

At the end of the show, 140 trophies, plus eight special awards, Poker Walk awards and grand prizes will be presented to car owners.

Last year, more than 300 cars were included in the Cruise-In. Sixty others had to be turned away due to lack of space. This year, more space has been provided for the show. Entries will be accepted through April 27, said John Zilisch, one of the coordinators for this year's show.

The Beeline Cruise-In grows each year and has become one of the premier car shows in Arizona.

To keep up with the growth in the show, a new level of award trophies for special class winners has been added. One of these -- the award for Best Mustang -- is a memorial trophy provided by Larry Bertram, former chairman of the show, on behalf of his wife, Nancy, because the "Stang" was her favorite classic car.

Other special class awards will go to Best of Show, People's Choice, Main Street Merchants' Choice, Best Chevrolet, Best MOPAR, Best Ford, Best Roadster, Best Pickup, Best Cruiser and Best Hot Rod (sponsored by the Payson Roundup).

The funds raised by the Rim Country Classic Auto Club during the Cruise-In and show will be distributed to Rim Country charities.

Last year, more than $19,000 was given to area groups and services, as well as the group's Payson High School Scholarship Fund.

Anyone interested in registering to participate can find a downloadable form at clubs. hemmings.com/clubsites/rccac/ or contact John Zilisch at (928) 468-9028, rccac2007@yahoo. com or Harvey Pierman at (928) 468-0125, harv_pierman@hotmail. com.

The show will be held regardless of the weather.

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