Originally Published: August 4, 2016 8:52 p.m.
If you’re a big enough fan of classic cars you already know about the Prescott Antique Auto Club’s 42nd annual Watson Lake Show, coming this Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 6 and 7.
If you’re not that knowledgeable about the cars – and the lifestyle that goes with them – here’s your chance to meet great people and see very cool cars, up close.
You might even decide to buy one – there’s a Car Corral where you can do that, and if you bring a car to sell, it’s $20 and you get into the show for free.
Or you might want to look through the odd (and comprehensive) collection of parts offered by dozens of vendors at the parts exchange area. If you need a hard-to-find part, these vendors can tell you where to get it, if they don’t have it right there.
As club President Mac McBrayer said, “Even if you don’t need it, we are sure you will find something you want.”
But the most interesting part of the show, if you’re mechanically inclined, is the old engine fire-up. It dates back to the first show, and seeing old steam engines crank noisily to life is a lot of fun. Old tractors, unique vehicles, and novelty equipment will be there.
The show itself is a fundraiser. “We make sure all veterans in the hospital on Christmas receive gifts,” Auto Club board member Alice Kaiser said. “We also sponsor a scholarship to the automotive classes at Yavapai College,” along with “numerous other charitable activities.”
Trophies, individually made by club members, will be awarded in various car categories each day, with cars from 1991 and older on display.
Sunday is devoted to a special showing of Model-Ts, Volkswagens, and “Rat Rods.” Rat Rods are hot rods or custom cars that are usually an imitation (or exaggeration) of the hot rods of the 1940s, 1950s, and early 1960s.
You may have heard about the Prescott Antique Auto Club, because they’re known for having bought and restored a 1931 Seagrave Ladder Truck, the first ladder truck owned by the Prescott Fire Department. The restoration project began in 2009, and took three-and-a-half years to complete. That’s around 3,500 volunteer hours and $50,000 in donations.
It can take most of the day to see everything, so the club also offers food and drinks at the park.
“Do you wish you still had your first car?” asked McBrayer. “I do.”