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"The dazzle of chrome and freshly polished body paint will set Oak Harbor's City Beach alight this weekend when around 250 cars are expected to pull in for the North Whidbey Lions and City of Oak Harbor Car Show. There will be lots of trophies, says Dominic Talavera, one of the organizers, and cars will compete in 20 classes including antiques, stock cars, custom cars, muscle cars, street rods, drag racers, specialty trucks and brand new cars. Prizes will be awarded according to the decision of a panel of judges and a vote by participants.But while they won't say no to trophies, the chance to show and cruise together in the vehicles they love is what brings most of the car-nuts behind the wheels to the show.Craig Maxwell, of the Whidbey Cruzers car club, will be among them. He cherishes a 1967 Chev Camero that his folks bought brand new. He's restored it completely to stock condition, including the original champagne colored paint. It's one I'll never sell, said Maxwell. Larry Smith, on the other hand, created his car from parts of two others. The body is from a 1984 Lincoln Continental, with the front and rear of a 1950 Ford added on. Why? Just to have something different, Smith said. With its lake pipes, a chameleon paint job that cost around $2,000 for the paint alone, and flamed front, It's the only one in existence.Mike Oatman restored his '55 Chev from a basket case. He found it 11 years ago with no paint, no interior, and not much else, and brought it back to mint condition.Jim Croft has seven cars, including his 1985 Thunderbird which is named Wily Coyote, after his Navy nickname. Not many of these have been done yet, Croft said. Dream Catcher is the name Rich Harrison has given his 1957 Chev with its fine fins, fully-chromed dashboard, dazzling white leather upholstery and Tahitian Green Pearl paint color. He says he drives the car every chance he gets, and so do most of the rest of the Cruzers.They're all looking forward to the Saturday night cruise that will give them a chance to tool up and down Midway Boulevard on Saturday night, starting at 6 p.m.We hoping that people will bring lawn chairs and settle in to watch, Smith said. It's a chance for car enthusiasts to take pictures and at some show cruises, the spectators even bring numbered cards and hold them up to rate the vehicles as they drive by. There will be plenty of other car clubs from around the region at the show, and entertainment will include music, games and giveaways by sponsors and there will be plenty of food booths.All the money that's raised from entry fees - $30 in advance and $35 on the day - a pedal car raffle and more will go back into Lions Club community projects, Talavera said.For information, call 675-2218, 675-7989 or 679-1595.---------------------Car Show in Oak Harbor: More than 250 cars of all kinds will fill City Beach Park next Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 12-13 at the annual North Whidbey Lions Car Show. Show starts at 8 a.m. Saturday and continues until sundown. Show cars will cruise up and down Midway Boulevard, from Hilltop Texaco to the old Kow Korner site, from 6 p.m. to around 7:30 on Saturday. Show hours on Sunday are 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission: free.The band Straight Up from Arlington, will play at the gazebo from 5 p.m. until dark. On both days Habitat for Humanity will host a fund-raising barbecue at City Beach. Food will be served from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The menu will include barbecued chicken and ribs. For information, call 675-5707. "

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