They’re baaaack …
Antique, vintage and classic cars are rolling into town and tons of bright, shiny chrome and sparkling paint jobs are going to be adding an extra glow to the clean, clear air of the Rim Country this weekend. The Rim Country Classic Auto Club’s 19th Annual Beeline Cruise-In returns to Payson Friday, April 27 and Saturday, April 28.
Cars have been showing up around town throughout the week, but Friday afternoon, the beauties will be lining up at Green Valley Park for the annual cruise around town. Show chair Margie Fowler expects about 300 vehicles in the show Saturday, but not all will be in the cruise parade.
The route is different this year, so check out the map and stake out your prime viewing spot.
The cruise parade starts at Green Valley Park at about 4 p.m., Friday, April 27 and will head west on Country Club Drive, go up Vista, jog over to Bulla and then hook up with Airport Road and head east to the Beeline. At Beeline, by the Elks Lodge, the parade will go north and take a right on Tyler Parkway, which it will follow down to Highway 260 and then turn west to the Beeline, where it will head south to Historic Main Street and go west to return to Green Valley Park.
The balance of Friday’s activities are geared for the show entrants, club members and sponsors, and will include car registration, an evening barbecue and entertainment with music, stories of old Payson and dancing.
The Car Show is 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and free to the public. There will be raffles, judging of the vehicles, good old cruise music and items for sale from varied vendors, including a food court.
At the end of the show, the raffle winners will be announced along with trophies. New awards this year are the Top 10 and the Best of Show, which will be on display around the bandstand during the awards ceremony.
The car show is open to all who want to participate, however the show area is limited to 250 vehicles, but there will be overflow parking for additional vehicles. Spectator parking is available nearby at Julia Randall Elementary School and Parks and Recreation lots.
The show, plus the trophies, souvenir T-shirts, dash plaques that identify the vehicles and their owners, food for the barbecue and other show expenses are paid for through sponsor contributions.
The remainder of the funds from sponsors and profits from the show entry fees are donated to area charities and none of the contributed funds go outside the Rim Country area. The Rim Country Classic Auto Club organization is dedicated to the preservation and restoration of classic automobiles and street rods as well as participating in and supporting civic activities for the betterment of the community.
The past RCCAC Beeline Cruise-In Car Shows have attracted more than a thousand visitors each year and generated an estimated $450,000 in income for local businesses over the past 18 years in which the show has been presented.
“We attribute much of our success to the overwhelming support we receive from the Town of Payson, the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Payson Roundup along with generous businesses in Payson and surrounding towns,” said Fowler.
“With their continued support, we expect that the 2012 Beeline Cruise-In Car Show will be another great year,” she added.