Vintage Cars Make Brief Appearance In Payson

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A parade of about 80 high-dollar, vintage cars motored through Payson Sunday afternoon on a round trip that began in Tempe and will wrap up April 9 back in the Valley of the Sun.

The event was the 18th Annual Bell Lexus Copperstate 1000 Vintage Car Road Rally.

Among the cars seen on Beeline and later at a lunch stop at Chaparral Pines was a 1965 Cobra Daytona Coupe, 1966 Shelby GT, 1968 Porsche 911, 1930 Alfa Romeo 8C and a 1958 Lister Jaguar.

The car that attracted probably the most attention from Baby Boomer car buffs was a 1965 Corvette equipped with a high horsepower 427 cubic inch engine and a quick shifting four-speed tranny.

Prior to arriving in Payson, the cars and their drivers were on display at Tempe Diablo stadium for the "Field of Dreams" public showing.

After leaving Chaparral Pines, the drivers traveled to historic Greer where they spent the first evening of the tour.

Later they cruised south on the Coronado Trail, sometimes called "the Devil's Highway." After traveling through Safford, Wilcox, Benson and Sierra Vista, the tour will stop in Tucson where the drivers are scheduled to visit Mt. Lemmon. After leaving Tucson tomorrow, Wednesday, the entrants return to Phoenix with a scheduled stop at the Bondurant School for High Performance Driving. The tour, which annually travels through the Rim Country, is organized by the Phoenix Art Museum's Men's Arts Council.

The event is billed as the most unique fund-raiser in the state.

For those who live in the Rim Country, the tour was the opportunity to see vintage classic cars that can usually be found only garaged in the homes of well-heeled owners.

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