Fire Department, Car Club Partner For Cruise-In Show

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Proud owners of classic, vintage and antique cars and their fans will again gather on West Main in Payson for the 15th annual Beeline Cruise-In Auto Show.

The show is from 8 a.m. from 3 p.m., Saturday, April 26.

For the second year in a row, the Payson Fire Department is partnering with Rim Country Classic Auto Club, sponsor of the show, by hosting an open house at the Main Street Fire Station from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Activities at the station will include:

  • Fire station tours, with an opportunity to meet Payson firefighters
  • Fire trucks and fire fighting equipment displays
  • Continuous run fire safety movies for adults and children
  • Temporary tattoos and free gifts for children
  • Ring toss game for children
  • Free popcorn during the show
  • Dog watering station
  • Fire department rehabilitation support group booth

The open house at the Main Street Fire Station is only one of many added attractions at the car show. There will be a variety of vendors and a food court will be in front of the Payson Womans Club and the Payson Senior Center. The Artists of the Rim gallery will sponsor its Student Art Exhibit from 9 a.m. to 3 pm.

Adult students of Jim Strong's oil, watercolor and drawing classes at Gila Community College and students of long-time Payson instructor, Joy Layson will show their best works.

The main attraction on West Main will be the collector vehicles. More than 300 cars are expected in the show this year. They come from not only all around Arizona, but from out-of-state as well.

Owners of the vehicles will be competing for a number of trophies and awards. The prizes help make the Rim Country Classic Auto Club Beeline Cruise-in one of the state's most popular car shows.

This year there are 42 separate classes in which participant cars can be entered. Each class is broken down into specific years.

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 as many as 126 of the participant vehicles will be recognized as class winners.

Last year RCCAC added a whole new level of recognition for the best of the show cars. For 16 entrants, Best of Show trophies will be awarded. These 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 & Casino;
  • Best Cruiser, Mazatzal Hotel & Casino;
  • Best Chevrolet, Chapman Auto Center;
  • Best Mopar, Chapman Auto Center;
  • Best Ford, Steve Coury Ford Lincoln Mercury;
  • 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 & Retirement Community;
  • Best Paint, Golden Eagle Distributors, Inc.
  • Best Engine, Main Street Grille;
  • Best Interior, KCMA - Your Cool Mountain Radio;
  • Club Participation, Payson Apothecary Pharmacy.

Each year the Rim Country Classic Auto Club presents a raffle for attendees 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 $12,000 in prizes.

Members of the RCCAC will be selling raffle tickets all day Saturday, April 26. Tickets are only $1 each, or six feet -- really, six feet (6 feet) -- 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 can 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.

Parking is available at the Community Presbyterian Church, Julia Randall Elementary and Green Valley Park. A shuttle will run continuously, provided by the Payson Senior Center.

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