NEEDLES — Fans of the local celebration of beauty and speed can double their fun this year with a two-day pass for $10: half the price the $10 a day tickets command during the Feb. 23 and 24 event.
Advance tickets for the tenth anniversary of the Route 66 Hot Boat and Custom Car Show go on sale Feb. 1 at the Needles Chamber of Commerce at Front and G Street; Big O Tires/NAPA Auto Parts at Broadway and G Street in Needles; and at Ace Hardware at Arizona Hwy. 95 and Camp Mohave Road in Fort Mohave. Park free in the spacious lot next to the Giggling Cactus restaurant at 2411 Needles Hwy. (formerly Juicy’s) and take a free shuttle to the event at Jack Smith Park to save the $10 parking charge.
The show brings hundreds of fans and participants to the Colorado River-front park each February to show off very fast and beautiful boats of all sorts plus a huge collection of custom and performance cars and trucks from all over the country.
Two crowd pleasing favorites that return this year are Ron Duncombe with the Maverik Monster Truck; and the ‘Cackle Cars:’ retired dragsters fueled with nitro methane firing up engines that produce thousands of horsepower for the crowd to hear.
A stone’s throw away the boats take demonstration runs on the glassy waters of the river.
With a dozen vendors signed up so far, 15 more announcing their plans and some spots left in the sprawling park it might take two days just to shop.
Offerings so far include boats, specialized marine supplies, clothing and accessories and plenty of food. To secure a vendor spot contact the chamber at at 100 G St., P.O. Box 705, Needles, CA 92363; call 760-326-2050; email email@example.com. Visit www.needleschamber.com.
Contact the chamber for remaining sponsorship opportunities as well: packages have been designed with investments of $150 to $4,000.
Call River’s Edge Golf Course in Needles, 760-326-3931; for entry into Friday’s traditional golf tournament.
Planning meetings are being held every Tuesday through Feb. 20. Meetings begin at noon in the Wagon Wheel Restaurant at 2420 Needles Highway. Volunteers are urged to attend.