The big car show, the 15th Annual Beeline Cruise-in, is coming back to town this month. This year it is a special celebration, marking the 50th anniversary of the highway for which it was named, the Beeline.
The event, presented by the Rim Country Classic Auto Club, is April 25, 26 and 27. The Main Street car show is Saturday, April 26, with events for participants on April 25 and April 27.
At least 300 cars will be lined up in all their glory on both sides of the historic street, which will be closed off to allow a slow stroll to admire the show.
The club is assisted by 52 sponsors in presenting the show this year. In addition to the display of cars, the show has numerous vendors participating.
Funds from show are donated back to various community organizations. The 2007 car show proceeds helped 16 nonprofits: Big Brothers Big Sisters, Habitat For Humanity - Payson, Isabel Hunt Memorial Public Library, Payson Community Kids, Payson Fire Department - Guardian Angel Fund, Payson Helping Payson, Payson Humane Society, Payson Humane Society - Second Chance, Payson Senior Citizens' Center, Payson Sheriff Posse, Payson Supply Line, SonShine Club After School Program, Special Olympics Charity Golf Tournament, Time Out Shelter, Veterans Helping Veterans. A total of $15,500 was distributed.
The Rim Country Classic Auto Club is a nonprofit, family-oriented organization and donates profits from the annual charity auto show to college scholarships for high school seniors as well as area charities. To date, RCCAC has donated approximately $89,000. Recipients of donations are chosen and voted on by the membership at the general meeting following the show.
The Rim Country Classic Auto Club, as we know it today, had its beginnings back in 1993 when a few people had a common interest in restoring and driving classic cars. They cruised around Payson where they met and talked about their cars. The meeting places were Kentucky Fried Chicken, Pioneer Title and Phil White Ford parking lots.
As the group flourished and the number of members grew, Phil White Ford became the main meeting place with the management providing a meeting room upstairs.
The first Beeline Cruise-in was held in 1994. Since then the car shows have been held in the following locations throughout the years: 1994 Pioneer Title, 1995 Payson Court House, 1996-97 Chapman Chevrolet, 1998-00 Payson High School Parking Lot and 2001-03 Mazatzal Casino Parking Lot. Since 2004, the show has been presented on Payson's historic West Main Street, and filled it from North McLane east as far as the eye can see.