The Rim Country Classic Auto Club, as it is known it today, had its beginnings in the early 1980s when a few people shared a common interest in restoring and driving classic cars. They cruised around Payson where they met and talked about their cars.
As the group flourished, the number of members grew.
Phil White Ford (now Chapman Auto Center) became the main meeting place with the management providing a meeting room upstairs. The club was officially organized in 1993.
Today, the membership has dramatically increased, with more than 72 families participating. Within the membership there are more than 100 classic automobiles and hot rods, both restored or in progress.
The Rim Country Classic Auto Club members participate in car-related activities ranging from day trips to 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. Participants come from many western states to display their cars in a splendid mountain setting. Proceeds from the show now help support a wide variety of local charities.