“When I take her to the track she really shines.
She always turns in the fastest times.
My four speed, dual-quad,
The Beach Boys
For those who know a little something about classic cars and oldies-but-goodies music, you know that the 1962 Beach Boys hit “409” describes the Chevrolet 409, first introduced in 1961 and named because of its huge 409 cubic-inch engine.
The song “409” describes the coupe version of the car, equipped with the 4-speed, dual quad, posi-traction equipment. It’s reported it could do a 12.22-second quarter mile at 115 miles per hour, going from zero to 60 miles per hour in 4 seconds flat, making the car a big hit among street racers of that time.
It just might be possible that we could have the pleasure of seeing one of these drag-racing, gas-guzzling “409” beauties up close and personal this weekend right here in Payson.
From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday at beautiful Green Valley Park, the Rim Country Classic Auto Club will host its 19th Annual Charity Car Show.
Margie Fowler, one of this year’s event organizers told me, “We have a great show planned for this year, with over 200 pre-1980 automobile and truck entries. Car clubs from all over the Southwest will be joining us, making this year’s show better than ever.
“This year, we’re consolidating the location of our own Rim Country Classic Auto Club vehicles. You can view our 35 classics in the Zane Grey Cabin parking lot.”
In addition to cruising (by foot, of course) around Green Valley Park to see the classic cars and trucks, attendees can enjoy good eatin’s from the dozen food vendors who will be on hand and browse the other 17 non-food vendors who will be set up in the park.
As always, this year’s Beeline Cruise-In Car Show is a not-for-profit event that raises money for local charities. Margie said, “Please stop by our hospitality booth, where you can take a chance on any or all of the 20 items (valued at between $75 and $1,500) we have for raffle. Or take a chance on our 50/50 raffle. The proceeds from the show will be distributed to several different Rim Country organizations.”
This week’s music trivia question is: From 1962 through 1964, The Beach Boys placed five “car songs” on the Billboard pop chart. Which of the following early 1960’s songs was NOT a Beach Boys hit? A) “Drag City,” B) “Little Deuce Coupe,” C) “I Get Around” or D) “Shut Down?”
This week, if you are the seventh caller with the correct answer, you’ll win a “Classic Car Hits” CD, featuring 20 rumble and roar classics of yester-year, which you can pick up from me either at the car show on Saturday or at our home at a later time.
Now, let’s check out how we did with last week’s music trivia question: Who was the English vocalist who scored his first U.S. charted hit with his 1968 version of the Beatles’ “A Little Help from My Friends?” His song would later earn status as both a Grammy and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame single.
He later went on to achieve Top 10 hits with his 1970 “The Letter” and 1975’s “You Are So Beautiful.” Was this artist A) Elton John, B) Joe Cocker, C) Rod Stewart or D) Ken Maloney?
The correct answer was Joe Cocker. You may remember that both Elton John and Rod Stewart were also British-born top recording artists in the 1970s. Local resident Ken Maloney was this year’s recipient of our Time Out program’s Male Volunteer of the Year award.
Congratulations to this past week’s music trivia winner, Mike Leigh, who won, courtesy of stylist, Ann Loveridge, a complimentary highlight at Merlinda’s Hair Salon. Mike, who has been a music trivia winner several times in the past said, “I always end up giving the trivia prizes to my girlfriend, so I think I’ll give this one to her, too.” Mike — you’re a good hearted man!
Last, new pictures I’ve added to my Web site are from Brandon Bartlett’s and Lacy Goodman’s wedding ceremony and reception this past Saturday at Kohl’s Ranch. Mild temperatures and beautiful, blue skies greeted the couple’s 100 guests who celebrated the couple’s commitment. Lacy’s parents, Troy and Dorothy Goodman, are high school sweethearts and 1982 graduates of Payson High School.
See you at the Beeline Cruise-In Classic Car Show!