Cannonball!

Blues Brothers, Dukes of Hazzard descend on Rim Country for a car rally with a twist


Saturday’s Cannonball Run Road Rally brought none other than Sheriff Roscoe P. Coltrain (that’s him, right?) to Payson for a tongue-in-cheek scavanger hunt intented to provide class car owners with a great drive -- and locals with some business.

Saturday’s Cannonball Run Road Rally brought none other than Sheriff Roscoe P. Coltrain (that’s him, right?) to Payson for a tongue-in-cheek scavanger hunt intented to provide class car owners with a great drive -- and locals with some business. Photo by Dennis Fendler. |

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Payson’s Green Valley Park looked like the back lot of a movie studio Saturday as dozens of movie-themed vehicles rolled into town.

Outfitted as the Blue Brothers, the Dukes of Hazzard and a good old boy sheriff, car enthusiasts infiltrated Payson for the third annual Elite Car Cruising Organization’s Cannonball Phoenix Spree.

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Team Blues Brothers Bobbie Roxy, left and his dad Bob was among the mostly out-of-town drivers who brought their classic cars and rollicking sense of humor to Rim Country Saturday.

Teams made their way from the Valley through Payson on their way to Flagstaff to help raise funds for Operation Homefront of Arizona, which supports military families. Part of the rally required teams to stop at various businesses and locations in town, picking up “Cannonball Cash,” scavenger hunt items and posing for zany pictures.

The first to make it to Flagstaff, and with the fewest tickets, won.

Organizers admit the event is made up of a unique group of characters all revving to help the troops.

The cast list didn’t end with octane-loving oddballs.

In the start of the summer event season, Payson played host to a number of events this weekend. Residents and visitors enjoyed the Payson Art League ’Neath the Rim Studio Tour, a Christian motorcycle fund-raiser at Rumsey Park, a super-sized roach play at the high school, a Zumbathon at the Oxbow, an Inner Geek run in Green Valley Park and Cinco de Mayo fun at the library.

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