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Antique Auto Club to sponsor its 34th show this weekend

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Prescott Antique Auto Club member Ed Willimann sits inside his 1947 Ferrari Model 125, the oldest known Ferrari.

Janet Travis/Courtesy<p> Prescott Antique Auto Club member Ed Willimann sits inside his 1947 Ferrari Model 125, the oldest known Ferrari.

PRESCOTT - This weekend, the Prescott Antique Auto Club will play host to its 34th annual car exhibit, parts exchange and old engine fire-up at Watson Lake Park east of the Highway 89/Willow Lake Road roundabout.

No pre-registration is necessary for the car show, which is open only to 1983 and older model vehicles, hot rods, street rods and restored original cars.

Those interested in displaying their cars pay a $25 entrance fee on Saturday and/or a $20 charge on Sunday.

General parking for the public costs $5 per vehicle at the entrance.

Gates open at 5:30 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, with an event T-shirt, dash plaque and goodie bag going to the first 200 vehicles to arrive.

This year, club member Ed Hoffman crafted 41 individual handmade wood trophies for the winners of each of the show's competitive categories, including Participants' Choice and People's Choice.

Ed Willimann, event chairman, will display his vintage 1947 red Ferrari Model 125 - the oldest known Ferrari - which is on the show's official 2008 T-shirt.

Although the original cars, modified cars and trucks are the show's main attraction, vintage motorcycles, motor scooters, whizzers and tractors are also welcome for display only.

In a separate location at the park, club members will operate the "Cars for Sale" portion of the event, where 23 cars were sold this past year.

This area will open at 5:30 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday, with a $15-per-vehicle fee for all or part of the weekend.

Setup runs from noon to 7 p.m. on Friday, although it costs $5 extra.

By 4:30 p.m. Sunday, all vehicles must be removed from the park's property.

No pre-registration is required for the 125 available vendor spaces.

Each concessionaire or food vendor pays $50 for the weekend, with $25 going to the Prescott Antique Auto Club and the other $25 to the City of Prescott to pay for a privilege license tax.

Those who have a privilege license are exempt from the latter fee, however.

The 30-foot by 20-foot vendor spaces are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Setup is Friday between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m., and after 5:30 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Vendors, including those who sell toy and automotive memorabilia, can camp overnight on their swap spaces.

Willimann said 9,000 people from as far away as California and Las Vegas attended the annual show, which is the club's sole annual fundraiser.

Money from the event goes to pay for the club's yearly Christmas party for VA veterans as well as scholarships that it distributes.

For more information, call Willimann at 445-9570 or e-mail the club at

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