Originally Published: July 31, 2014 6 a.m.
PRESCOTT, Arizona - Car lovers have enjoyed the Prescott Antique Auto Club's annual show for four decades.
The club began in 1970 and held its first car show in 1974. That first show was in a park with just a few cars and vendors. The greatly expanded event has been held at Watson Lake for the last 15 years.
The 40th anniversary show begins Saturday, Aug. 2, and ends Sunday, Aug. 3. It will feature four main areas of interest: the show car area, with about 200 classic and antique automobiles; the parts exchange and vendor area, with 130 vendors; a car corral offering cars for sale; and an old engine fire-up area, featuring gasoline and steam-powered engines. Food and beverages also will be available for sale, and a wide array of prizes will be raffled off.
More than 50 trophies will be handed out at the event, with more than 3,000 expected to be in attendance, according to Scott Hein, president of the Prescott Antique Auto Club.
Hein said parking near the roundabout to Watson Lake is provided free of charge. Admission to the show is $5 person, and that admission ticket is good for both days.
"It's our 40th annual show, so it's a big event for us," Hein said. "Watson Lake is a perfect venue. Everything is on grass and there's great scenery. It's worth the weekend to come up. This is one of the biggest car shows in northern Arizona."
Cars on display will span the early 1900s through the 1980s. "We'll have cars from Model Ts up to muscle cars, classic cars from the '30s, '40s and '50s, and there will be trucks," Hein said. "On Sunday we're going to have a special category for motorcycles. We'll have Volkswagens and a special category for Rat Rods - an old car that an owner fixes up in a ratty way, where there isn't a lot of money spent on paint or chrome. It's hard to describe."
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