The Central Arizona Chapter of the Veteran Motor Car Club of America (VMCCA) is as old as Verde River Days itself and has shown off members' and visitors' classic and re-conditioned touring cars and automobiles over the past 20 years at the annual event.
This year, there won't be a stretch to see the car show, since all the vehicles will be located at the State Park itself rather than the city park across the river as in past years. The cars will be on display at the first ramadas after the park entrance.
Don Wolfgarth says the national organization limits its membership only to cars 25-years and older, so those vehicles on display tend to be well-maintained collector's automobiles. Most vehicles were made in the 1950s and earlier. The newest cars from the early 80s.
A number of the vehicles come from the Verde Valley. But, with the listing on the Internet, there are now vehicles that come from across the state of Arizona. There are even out-of-state collectors that drive across the country to show their cars.
"Last year, there were a couple guys from Minnesota who brought their street rods, a '34 Plymouth and a Chevy," according to Don. The day we talked to Don he was registering a Corvair Station Wagon from a woman in Tucson.
The secretary of the Central Arizona Chapter often enters his primo 1950 Packard. Another member has a 1941 Willys hot rod. Don is bringing his own 1976 step side Ford pickup that he has owned since it was new.
Already 60 cars are pre-registered. But, Don says, from prior year's experience, that number is likely to double the day of the show.
The trophy plaque awards from the show are generated by vote of the public rather than members. There are also a number of local door prizes and a silent auction.
If you are a fan of collector automobiles you will also enjoy the display of vintage and "teardrop" style trailers that have become a regular feature for Verde River Days that will be displayed in the campground area.
The Veteran Motor Car Club of America was founded in 1938 in Boston, Massachusetts and has grown internationally with 3,000 members throughout the world. Find out more at http://www.vmcca.org.