Fair skies, great cars, fine crowd

Alyssa Mcleod, 9, and her brother, Gage, 7, look under the hood of Lee Abney
Alyssa Mcleod, 9, and her brother, Gage, 7, look under the hood of Lee Abney's 1995 Chevy at the North Whidbey Rotary Car Show on Saturday.
— image credit: Katie McVicker/Whidbey News-Times

Erin Christensen’s husband is stationed at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station and is currently deployed overseas. But that didn’t stop him from entering his prized pickup in the 2011 North Whidbey Rotary Car Show.

On Saturday, Christensen watched over her man’s ‘76 Chevy Scottsdale as it showed off  its deep red and shiny exterior at Windjammer Park. Christensen said her mother-in-law shipped the car over to her husband as a surprise during one of his deployments and he was thrilled when he came home to it.

“He’s spent so much time working on it,” Christensen said. “When I heard about that car show and told him about it, he was excited, and I had to enter it.”

Just across the grass another truck showed off its very different colors. Lee Abney’s ‘95 Chevy is mostly sky blue, but geometric shapes, flames and stripes of all different neon colors dance across its sides.

“A lot of people know me in town,” Abney said, referring to his attention-grabbing transportation. He said unlike a lot of car show participants, he prefers to make use of his wheels rather than stow them away protected in his garage.

“The truck got so popular that I couldn’t win anymore,” Abney said, “so I took off the show a few years, and now that I’m back, I can’t keep people away from it.”

And Abney’s truck was certainly a draw. Adults and children alike took turns admiring its bold exterior and matching seats and dashboard inside.

Oak Harbor resident Brett Mcleod stood by as his kids, Alyssa, 9, and Gage, 7, looked at the engine and dangling hood ornaments.

“We’re just checking out the cars and hanging out,” Mcleod said.

Just a few spaces down from Abney, Israel Garcia’s ‘83 Chevy Monte Carlo and Gerry Salas’ ‘78 Chevy Monte Carlo wowed with their hydraulics. Garcia’s hood and front wheels bounced feet off the ground as Salas’ car’s body alternated lifting its left and right sides.

Car show organizer Steven Glade said the show was a complete success.

“We had great weather, a good crowd and lots of unique vehicles to look at,” Glade said.

According to Glade, there were more than 280 entries this year. Seventy trophies were handed out Saturday afternoon along with several special awards.

Best of Show went to Troy Jellisen for his 1950 Chevy 210 Delray. Other awards included the Mayor’s Choice, a 1961 Chevy Impala owned by Don Souza, Commander’s Choice, a 1979 Chevy Camaro Z-28 owned by Jim and Carole Croft, Rotary President’s Choice, a 2004 Ford Mustang GT Coupe, Les Schwab trophy, 1951 Ford Victoria owned by Dan Sims and Oak Harbor Auto Center/Auto Plus trophy, 1970 Plymouth Duster 340 owned by Jay Maddox.


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