33RD Annual Run to the Sun

September 30th, 2011

Text and Photos by Steve Stillwell

Lake Havasu City, Arizona’s Premier Hot Rod, Classic Truck and Muscle Car Event

It’s hard to believe that a meager gathering of 28 hot rod owners for the inaugural Camp-O-Rama & Rod Run would grow into Lake Havasu City’s premier hot rod and muscle car event. That name did not last long as few attendees actually opted to camp. And as the event continued to grow throughout the past 33 years, the location continued to change and grow with the attendance numbers.

Hosted by Relics & Rods, a family-oriented club open to anyone with an interest in old cars, should give you a hint as to the type of vehicles on display at this year’s event: anything pre-1972, whether a hot rod, collector car, muscle car, classic truck or race car, could show at the event. Registration is a bit expensive, $70 if registered before October 1 and $80 at the gate; however, all of the proceeds from this annual fundraiser are donated to local charities, including scholarship programs and presents for needy families at Christmas. Multiply those registration figures by the 850-plus vehicles entered into this past year’s event, and you can see the wealth of benefits generated by the run.

The first event for the show was Wednesday’s kick-off dinner held outside the Nautical Inn’s Convention Center. Thursday was a Cruise Night on McCulloch Boulevard, Havasu City’s unofficial main street, and the highlight of the whole event, in my opinion. At 7 a.m. Friday, the gates opened to the golf course for the show-n-shine, along with a limited number of vendors in the car corral area reserved for vehicles that were for sale and a swap meet featuring “experienced” parts. The show continued Saturday over at the golf course. And Sunday, Relics & Rods members wished everyone a safe drive home by hosting a parade up McCulloch Boulevard to a pancake breakfast at a local Checker Auto parking lot. All I can say is, if you didn’t have fun at the Run to the Sun, then it was your own darn fault. Little doubt members of Relics & Rods have honed their hosting skills well during the 33 years of this event! For information on the October 2011 event, contact the club at Relicrod@pair.com (Relicrod null@null pair NULL.com).

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