Auto shows are a fun and profitable way for dealers, car auctioneers, collectors, and those who just want to see, to come out and look at the affordable and not-so-affordable vehicles.
This weekend marks one of the most unusual car shows in the Phoenix metro area, if not the entire country, and it’s happening right here in the East Valley at the Arizona National Guard Armory. The 16th Annual Papago Military Vehicle Show will be open to the public this Saturday and Sunday from 8am to to 4pm.
Located on the corner of 52nd St. and McDowell, the huge Arizona National Guard complex, set in the backdrop of the beautiful Papago Mountains, along with The Arizona Military Vehicle Collectors Club will host the military vehicle show January 27, and 28 th . At the show you can get a close-up look at antique and military vehicles from WWII to present. Featured vehicles include Jeeps, Humvees, troop-carriers, tracked vehicles, and truck-mounted machine guns.
At 12 noon on Saturday The Pledge of Allegiance will be said followed by The Maule Sisters performing their exciting and patriotic “Andrew Sisters Routine”. Beginning at 1pm Saturday there will be a “No Vehicle Auction” of military surplus items as well as items suitable for kids. An indoor swap meet will be held on both Saturday and Sunday buying, selling, and trading such wares as Army surplus pants, uniforms, fatigues, and variety of collectables.
Military vehicles on display will be judged for originality, body condition, and detail. Awards will be presented at the buffetstyle banquet held Saturday night at 8pm. The entire day will be one of adventure, history, and fun for every member of the family. Just to look at the rich history of WWII vehicles as compared to the advanced technology of today’s Hummer, and to look up close will be one you’ll remember visiting for a long time to come.
If you’d like to help make this event even more memorable, bring along some canned goods as the Arizona National Guard Family Assistance program is holding a canned food drive all weekend. And at this year’s show special help is being provided by “The Young Marines”, a nationwide youth development organization founded in the 1950’s.
This event is part fun, part history, part good food, and part patriotic. If you’re a classic car and history buff, what more unusual and memorable automobile show will you be attending this year? For more information feel free to call (480) 497-9722 after 5pm, or visit their website at www.armytrucks.org/ (there’s a lot of great pictures of previous events on this web page!). Admission is free at the gate, parking is a $5.00 requested donation.
This past weekend On The Road saw the closing of the famous Barrett-Jackson Auto Auction of world-class automobiles in Scottsdale. A total record sales of nearly $112,000,000 with 1,271 classic vehicles auctioned off at the event made the auction a giant success. The top selling car this year was the 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 “Carroll Shelby’s personal super snake” at a whopping $5,500,000. Coming in second was a 1954 Dodge Firearrow convertible concept car at $1,100,000. Car bidders came from all 50 states and 14 foreign countries. A number of worldfamous celebrities always try to blend in to this event as well!
Auto shows are a fun and profitable way for dealers, car auctioneers, collectors, and those who just want to see, to come out and look at the affordable and not-so-affordable vehicles. Whether its’ a futuristic concept design of the modern day Phoenix Auto Show held every Thanksgiving Weekend, a classic autoshow event like Barrett-Jackson, or a military show rich in history and patriotism, autoshows today offer something for the whole family. Come check out this weekend’s excitement in one of the more unusual and interesting autoshow’s when The Arizona Military Vehicle Collector’s Club comes to town!
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