There’s something about a classic car that moves us all. Fifty years ago, it meant cars from the 1920s and 1930s. Model T Fords, and Dodge Roadsters, some converted into hot rods. Today, when you go to a classic car show you will see lots of cars from the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. But some of the cars coming to the Havasu Classics 20th Annual Show & Shine may surprise you by how young they are.
The most popular cars coming to the Show & Shine, and there will be close to 300 displayed on Apr. 2 at Lake Havasu State Park Windsor 4, will likely be muscle cars of the late 1960s and early 1970s. Mustangs, Camaros, Challengers, Chargers, Barracudas in appropriate colors of the day… bright yellow, bright orange, candy apple red, and even purple plum.
These cars were shameless about two things: acceleration and fuel consumption. They needed to be fast, and the fuel mileage didn’t matter back then.
But it’s not always about age. One of the organizers, Bill Bess, is bringing his supercharged 2007 600 hp Mustang GT. “It’s pretty snappy,” he says.
“The show is really open to any year automobile. It could be new or old, antique, hot rod, or in my case, a late model muscle car,” Bill told us.
Top trophies will be awarded for Best Paint, Best Interior and Best of Show.
For spectators and participants there will be a hook & ladder truck on display, ice cream and kettle corn, and other foods. Raffles and 50/50 drawings include themed gift baskets, movie tickets, restaurant dinners, and even free lube and oil changes for your own jalopy. The Show & Shine, open rain or shine, offers free admission and free parking to the public.
Sometimes the cars on display are also for sale, so here’s a chance to turn your car-envy into some road muscle for yourself.