Three days of rod runs and car displays are on tap this weekend during the 21st annual April Action Car Show the last weekend of the month.
This year, the Moab Rotary Club has taken over organization of the event for the first time. Moab Rotary President Tara Richardson said the club hopes to make some positive additions.
“We are trying to have more vendors and activities going on, and more trophies and prizes for the participants,” she said.
Dance groups will perform at Swanny City Park, 400 North 100 West, the site of the show.
“It’s an event that has always benefitted the community and we’re glad we can be part of it,” Richardson said of the Rotary Club’s sponsorship.
She said the club hopes to provide some scholarships for local students through proceeds from the show.
The fun begins Friday, April 26, with a scenic drive up state Route 128 to Castle Valley, according to the event’s website. Lunch will be available at the Red Cliffs Lodge for $10 per person. Those who want to make the run should meet at the park, 400 North 100 West, at 9:30 a.m. The trip begins at 10 a.m.
Saturday’s schedule calls for viewing the car show entries. Entrants may bring their cars to the park starting at 6 a.m. and the show opens to the public at 8 a.m. Judging closes at 1 p.m. and trophy presentations begin at 3 p.m., with vehicles leaving the park at 4 p.m., according to the event’s website. Vendors selling food and other items will be on hand, and J.C. Hackett’s Rock & Roll Cruisin’ Oldies will provide music.
Dogs and bicycles are not allowed in the park, said John Fogg, a Rotary member and former vice president of the Moab Rod Benders.
“The city is very strict about that,” he said. “Twelve Rotarians will be walking around the park making sure there are no dogs or bicycles.”
Fogg said this week that 281 entries have been received and the number could reach 300 by Saturday. He said there are traditionally so many people looking at cars on Saturday that “you can barely move around the park.”
Fogg noted that Rod Petty is credited with starting the annual car show. A retired National Park Service employee, Petty “always had been a car guy and he organized a club in town,” Fogg said. “The main reason to have a club is to have a show.”
The show concludes Sunday, April 28, with a continental breakfast in the park for show participants from 8 to 9 a.m. That’s followed by a rod run to Needles Overlook in Canyonlands National Park beginning at 9:15 a.m. on South U.S. 191.
Saturday’s judging will take part in 22 categories, including stock and modified divisions for best of each decade from the 1920s to the ’90s and above. Other categories include Best Camaro, Best Mustang, Best Corvette, Best Chrysler Product, Best Hot Rod, Best Import, Best Muscle Car, Best Truck, Best Motorcycle and Best Low Rider.
Awards will be given for the Best Rat Rod, Best Gas Guzzler, the Moab Area Chamber of Commerce’s Choice, and the Mayor’s Choice.
Additional information is available on the website at www.moabaprilaction.com.