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6:56 PM Tue, Nov. 20th

Antique Auto Club Car Show revs into Prescott Saturday

PRESCOTT - The Prescott Antique Auto Club will play host to its 33rd annual "Car Show, Old Engine Fire-Up and Parts Exchange" this weekend at Watson Lake Park.

Cars will begin arriving at the show Saturday between 5:30 and 6 a.m., and festivities will continue all day until 5 p.m. The event concludes Sunday, running from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This competitive show requires no pre-registration and exclusively features classic cars that are at least 25 years old.

"We usually have around 200 or 220 show cars," Prescott Antique Auto Club board member Bob Hinshaw said. "We have 1930s, '40s, '50s and '60s models. Not so much up into the '80s, but we have some of the '70s muscle cars. We like to stick with the older classics or the special-interest vehicles."

The club will give away dash plaques and goodie bags to the first 200 vehicles to arrive. On both Saturday and Sunday, the group will present a total of 36 trophies, including the Participants' Choice and People's Choice, to the winners of the show's contest.

The show welcomes in vintage motorcycles, motor scooters and Whizzers for free, but only for display purposes.

In addition to the show, the club will have a "Cars for Sale" area at the park that opens between noon and 7 p.m. today and 5:30 a.m. Saturday. For this part of the event, the club is charging $15 per vehicle for a spot on the park's grounds.

Show organizers also have made 120 spaces available for vendors and will charge $50 per vendor for the weekend. The spaces do not require pre-registration; the club offers them on a first-come, first-serve basis. Additional spaces are $25. Toy and automotive memorabilia vendors can set up early today from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. or arrive as soon as 5:30 a.m. Saturday. The park allows vendors to camp overnight on their swap space.

To get to the show, take Highway 89 to the roundabout at Willow Lake Road in Prescott. Drive through the park's marked entrance and onto the lower parking lot.

The cost for general parking is $4 per car on a donation basis. Car owners participating in the show pay a $15 vehicle entry fee on Saturday and $10 on Sunday.

For more information about the show, call Hinshaw at 445-1271.