Trophies, raffle prizes and more make everyone a winner at the annual Beeline Cruise-In hosted by the Rim Country Classic Auto Club. This year is no exception, in fact it may be even be better than in the past. That's because this year, the car show is paying tribute to the 50th anniversary of the roadway for which it is named, the Beeline Highway.
One of the reasons that the Rim Country Classic Auto Club Beeline Cruise-In is one of the state's most popular car shows for entrants is because of special trophies that are awarded each year to the class winners.
This year, there are 42 separate classes in which participant cars may be entered. Each class is broken down into specific years.
For example, there are seven different classes for "Original Cars," ranging in groups from pre-1934 up to pre-1979.
There are also classes for "Street Rods," "Muscle Cars," "Modified and Customs," "Convertibles and Imports" and even a class for "Novelty Cars and Trucks."
This year, three trophies will be awarded in each class, which means that 126 of the participant vehicles will be recognized as a class winner.
Last year RCCAC added a whole new level of recognition for the very best of the show cars. For 16 entrants, "Best of Show" trophies will be awarded. These beautiful and highly coveted awards have become one of the Beeline Cruise-In highlights.
The awards ceremony is Saturday afternoon, April 26 on Main Street. The following individuals, organizations and businesses are donating the "Best of Show" trophies:
- Mayor's Trophy, Town of Payson Office of
- Tourism and Economic Vitality
- Merchant's Choice, Rim Country Regional
- Chamber of Commerce
- Best of Show, Mazatzal Hotel and Casino
- Best Cruiser, Mazatzal Hotel and Casino
- Best Chevrolet, Chapman Auto Center
- Best Mopar, Chapman Auto Center
- Best Ford, Steve Coury Ford Lincoln
- Best Pickup, Amon Builders, Inc.
- Best Hot Rod, Sunny Mountain Realty
- Best Roadster, Gila County District 1
- Supervisor Tommie Martin
- Best "T" Bucket, the Payson Roundup
- Best Muscle Car, Rim Country Health and
- Retirement Community
- Best Paint, Golden Eagle Distributors;
- Best Engine, Main Street Grille
- Best Interior, KCMA - Your Cool Mountain
- Club Participation, Payson Apothecary
Each year, the Rim Country Classic Auto Club presents a raffle as part of the festivities at its popular Beeline Cruise-In Car Show.
This year, area businesses, service organizations and individuals are providing more than $7,000 in prizes.
Members of the RCCAC will be selling raffle tickets all day Saturday, April 26 at the show on West Main Street. Tickets are only $1 each, or six feet -- really, six feet (6 ft.) -- of tickets may be purchased for $20.
Drawings will begin at about 10 a.m., said show coordinator John Zilisch.
Winning numbers will be posted and prizes may be picked up at the raffle booth.
Five special items have been set aside for a grand prize drawing between 4 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 26 in front of the Payson Senior Citizens Center, 512 W. Main. The grand prizes, chosen as part of the club's commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Beeline Highway, are a 350 Chevrolet Crate Motor (the hot rod motor of choice), donated by Chapman Auto Center; a five-day Royal Caribbean Mexican cruise, donated by Service First Insurance and Cruise Port Travel; a Four Peaks amethyst ring, donated by Payson Jewelers; a queen-sized, hand-stitched quilt, donated by the D.P.S. Quilt Angels; and an all-aluminum, custom made-to-fit radiator, donated by Payson Radiator.
For these special prizes, winners must be present to collect their prizes.
"A hundred percent of the money taken in from the sale of raffle tickets goes to support local charities," Zilisch said.