Advance tickets become available for Route 66 Hot Boat and Custom Car Show

February 16, 2019

NEEDLES — There are some unusual and fascinating entries in the 11th annual Route 66 Hot Boat and Custom Car Show to be held Feb. 22 and 23 at Jack Smith Park.

Advance tickets are available now at Big O Tires/NAPA Auto Parts at Broadway and G Street in Needles; and at both valley Ace Hardware Stores: 4515 S. Hwy. 95 in Fort Mohave and 2350 Miracle Mile in Bullhead City. Entry costs $10 and is valid for Friday, Saturday or both this year. Park for free adjacent the Giggling Cactus Restaurant on Needles Highway and take a free shuttle bus to-and-from the event. Parking near Jack Smith Park along the Colorado River at the end of River Road is $10 a day.

Entries as of the first week of February showed half-a-hundred or so wheeled vehicles and 80-some watercraft. Get entry information as well as any remaining vendor spots or sponsorships at the Needles Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 705, 100 G Street at Front Street. Call 760-326-2050; visit needleschamber.com.

A sampling of wheeled vehicles so far shows heavy representation of the classics.

Gary Fuller of Helendale, Calif., brings his luxurious 1936 Chrysler Airstream. Donald Petrotta of LaCanada, Calif., totes it with his ’37 Ford Sedan Delivery.

The ever-popular Rat Rod category will be represented by Randy Clerico of Yorba Linda with his 1930 Ford named ‘Swamp Rat.’ The color category for this one just reads “lots.”

‘It Be Bad,’ also from Yorba Linda, is a 1936 Ford coupe brought by Randy McDaniel.

A 1965 Chevrolet Impala SS Convertible comes from Lake Havasu City; Noah Sanchez is bringing that car.

Sisto Holguin returns from Bullhead City with his lime green 1940 Ford Sedan; that’s the one that features the comical frogs painted on the back.

Rolling back a decade Kathy Davis brings her 1930 Ford 5-window coupe.

Truck fans won’t be left out either: Stanley Prince brings his 1956 Ford pickup from Yorba Linda. Karen Chamberlain of Havasu Lake, Calif., shows off her 1955 Chevrolet Pickup ‘Identity Crisis.’

Bigger truck? How about Kevin Wells’ 2000 Ford F350 from Boulder City. Bigger still? Jim Russell from Lake Havasu City enters a 1985 Freightliner.

The event features vendors, entertainment, food and beverages and lots more.

Typically, many owners of the louder and more powerful entries for land and water start up the engines periodically throughout the day; and many more take their very speedy watercraft for demonstration runs on the glassy Colorado River.

Nearby River’s Edge Golf Course holds a tournament and hole-in-one contest Friday morning; call them at 760-326-3191 or send email to ndlsgolf@citlink.net for entry details.