I retired from the Automobile Club of Southern California in December 2004 and have known Gil Palmer since 1995 when he came to work for the Auto Club. Upon retiring I relocated to St. George, UT., the entrance to Zion National Park which was the beautiful setting for the second annual Springdale-Zion Classic Car Show on May 19, 2007. A gentleman by the name of Tony Onorato, his wife Kim, are transplants from California and have been involved in street rodding for many years as well as involvement in organizing car shows under the banner of "A Hot Cars Cool Nights Promotion". A couple of years ago, Tony and other local rodders got together to start a family orientated fun car club which resulted in the "Desert Rodders of Southern Utah". There is a monthly cruise night at the local 50's burger drive-inn known as the Iceberg that the Desert Rodders sponsor and brings out not only great cars, but community and families to spend an All American evening with each other.
I am attaching some photos which will give a flair for the magnificiant location of this 125 car event (many came from CA, AZ, NV, ID,WA) as it is at the entrance to Zion, one of the most beautiful creations in the Western U.S. What adds to making this a fun filled event are the many visitors from all over the world to the park stopping to take in the car show and exchanging thoughts and ideas about their hot rods back home (some foreign countries), some even having photos and proudly sharing them.
As a So. Cal transplant and a many year attendee of the larger shows, I must say there is also a great fulfillment of spirit in the smaller community events that take place across this great nation such as the Springdale-Zion Classic Car Show. Regards, Steve Schmid