Our View: Classic car culture, Havasu on display this weekend

October 19, 2018 GMT

You don’t have to be a motorhead to appreciate Run to the Sun, but it helps. It’s a lot of fun to watch 700-plus souped-up hot rods cruise into town each year, temporarily taking over McCulloch Boulevard and Rotary Park for the annual celebration of car culture.

Whether you’re a car lover or not, there’s a lot to like about Run to the Sun. If you went to Thursday night’s car show on McCulloch Boulevard, you got a taste of what to expect this weekend (traditionally, only about 30 percent of the show’s vintage cars are represented at that event.) The best show will be Saturday’s Show and Shine at Bridgewater Links. This year, there’s a special award tied in with this weekend’s visit by the 690th Lord Mayor of London for the 50th anniversary of the London Bridge in Lake Havasu City. The Lord Mayor will select his favorite vehicle from among the 700-plus cars on site. We imagine that’ll be a hard choice to make. There are plenty of other awards being handed out, too. There’s also a women’s fashion show, a poker run and parade, and a pancake breakfast. It’s a lot of great fun.

As a showcase for classic cars, the event consistently brings visitors from near and far, including some from overseas. To that end, Run to the Sun is also a showcase for all that Lake Havasu City has to offer as the weather is optimal and there’s lots of opportunity to explore our vast outdoor surroundings.

Awesome cars, great surroundings and smart organization and planning are the reasons Run to the Sun has remained one of Havasu’s premier events for 41 years. Credit goes to the Relics & Rods club for that remarkable feat. Even better, the club has turned its proceeds from the event as a way to support the community, donating more than $300,000 over four decades to various Havasu charities.

Do yourself a favor and check out this weekend’s events. Admission is just $8 for the Show and Shine, or $12 for a two-day ticket.

— Today’s News-Herald