Hundreds Of Vintage Cars Converge On Payson This Weekend


Steve Fowler had a Stude when he was young and he always wanted another, he realized that dream when he found this 1953 Studebaker Hardtop.

Steve Fowler had a Stude when he was young and he always wanted another, he realized that dream when he found this 1953 Studebaker Hardtop.

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The 19th Annual Beeline Cruise-In Car Show is not an official Arizona Centennial event, but you can bet it will be a party when between 200 and 300 antique, vintage and classic cars decorate Green Valley Park Friday, April 27 and Saturday, April 28.

See the The Rim Review in today’s issue for all the details, with features on the “before and after” look of many entries.

The popular cruise parade around Payson starts at 4 p.m., Friday at the park and heads west on Country Club, up Vista to Airport Road, and then down to Highway 87 — the Beeline for which this great spring event is named. It heads up Beeline to the roundabout at Tyler Parkway, where it will head east and then go south to Highway 260. From there, the parade goes west and hooks up with the Beeline again, heads south and then west on Historic Main Street, ending at the park.

The balance of Friday’s activities at Green Valley Park are geared for the car 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 free car show opens at 8 a.m., Saturday, April 28 and will include raffles, judging of the vehicles, oldies music, and items for sale, plus a food court.

At the close of the show, the raffle winners get their prizes and the car owners get their trophies. New awards this year include the Top 10 and the Best of Show.

The Rim Country Classic Auto Club will host the event, which had its beginnings in the early 1980s when a few people shared a common interest in restoring and driving classic cars. They met and talked about their cars — “lied to each other,” is how early member Larry Bertram described those first meetings, held at Phil White Ford in Star Valley (now Steve Coury Ford). Club membership has grown from 12 in 1933 to more than 72 today.

The Rim Country Classic Auto Club has it regular meetings on the first Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Tiny’s Restaurant and members participate in car-related activities ranging from day trips, breakfast or lunch, visits to local retirement homes or the Prescott VA Hospital, to longer cruises including the “Route 66 Fun Run” in Seligman, Ariz.

In 1994 Rim Country Classic Auto Club members held their first car show with six entrants to help charities in the town of Payson. This event has grown from a small, local event to one of the premier car shows in Arizona.

The past shows have attracted more than a 1,000 visitors each year and generated an estimated $450,000 in income for local business over the past 18 years.

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