The 24th edition of the North Whidbey Car Show attracted several thousand visitors to Windjammer Park Saturday who reminisced over classic custom cars, fantasized over driving the muscle cars, and collectively marveled at how many hours were involved in maintaining, refurbishing and building the scores of dazzling vehicles on display.
Deciding was agonizing, but when the votes were counted the Best of Show trophy went to a rare and perfectly restored 1941 Hollywood Graham owned by Roy Deaver.
Jim Woessner, co-chair of the show, said there were 232 entires. This year’s sponsor was the Oak Harbor Rotary Club, which took over from the Lions Club which could no longer handle such a large event.
“It went smooth as glass,” Woessner said of the transition.
Lions Club members still played a prominent role, overseeing the record number of vendors selling food, memorabilia and auto parts to the car show attendees. Woessner estimated the crowd at between 4,000 and 5,000 people. Had the sun come out before 11 a.m., even more may have jammed into Windjammer Park.
“It was fantastic,” Woessner said in summarizing the day. He’s looking forward to next year’s 25th anniversary of the North Whidbey Car Show. “We’ve got a group of Rotarians trained and ready,” he said.
A number of special awards were handed out, including the Mayor’s Choice, a 2006 Ford GT owned by Mike Bailey; Commander’s Choice, a 1930 Ford Model A owned Pete Walstram; Editor’s Choice, a 1959 Chevy Impala owned by Barb Van Vliet; Parts Plus trophy, 2006 International CXT, owned by Phillip Black; Les Schwab trophy, 1967 Chevy Chevette SS owned by Gary Swanson; and Deaver’s Best of Show 1941 Graham.
All the winners can be found on the Web at www.whidbeynewstimes.com.
Here are the winners of the North Whidbey Car Show held Saturday, Aug. 8, presented by the Oak Harbor Rotary.
1953 and older: First, 1933 Oldsmobile L-33 Sedan, owned by Rollin Whited; second, 1952 Kaiser Manhattan, Jay Maddox; third, 1952 Ford Model A, Roger Truax.
1954 through 1963: First, 1957 Ford Thunderbird, owned by Bruce and Judy Biddle; second, 1961 Chevrolet Impala, James Lam; third, 1957 Ford Thunderbird, Bob McConchie.
1964 through 1965: First, 1968 Ford Shelby, owned by Clayton George; second, 1967 Chevy Chevette SS, Gary Swanson; third, 1971 Buick Riviera, Duck Daugherty.
1976 through 1990: First, 1970 Plymouth Roadrunner, owned by Dwight Tesch; second, 1980 Pontiac Trans-Am Pace Car, Barry Tesch; third, 1979 Chevy Z-28 Camaro, Jim Croft.
1991 through present: First, 2006 Ford GT, owned by Mike Bailey; second, 2008 Aston Martin V8 Vantage, David Gehrig; third, 2008 Ford Shelby GT500, David Huff.
1959 and older: First, 1955 Chevy 210 Del Ray, owned by Neal West; second, 1957 Chevy 201, Neal West; third, 1956 Chevy 150 Post, Don Burd.
1960 through 1975: First, 1971 Chevy Monte Carlo, owned by Bob and Ann Crandall; second, 1969 Pontiac GTO, Jack Christian; third, 1967 Buick Electra 225 convertible, Ed Hammond.
1976 through present: First, 1978 Chevy Z28, owned by Dan Champlin; second, 2007 Ford Mustang GT, Charles Obermeyer; third, 2007 Ford Mustang GT, Rath Netthai.
All years: First, 1941 Hollywood Graham, owned by Roy Deaver; second, 1951 Mercury 2-door coupe, Dave and Chris Sauvageau; third, 1966 Ford Fairlane GTA, Ron and Andrea Huff.
1933 and older: First, 1932 Ford Victoria, owned by Joe Peterson; second, 1929 Ford Model A Tudor sedan, Suzanne Sease; third, 1932 Chevy sedan, Mark and Karen Franzen.
1934 through present: First, 1934 Ford three window coupe, owned by Jodi Higman; second, 1934 Ford 40, 2 door sedan, Mike Jacques; third, 1941 Ford Deluxe Coupe, Lee Sease.
1985 and older: First, 1964 VW Bus ,owned by Kevin Crandall; second, 1960 Jaguar XK150, Rudy Parhaniemi; third, 1972 Austin Mini Cooper, Deanna Rogers.
1986 through present: First, 2009 Nissan Cube, owned by Jason Falkner; second, 1994 Honda Civic sedan, Thomas Eisner; third, 1992 Nissan 300 ZX, Aaron Brown.
High performance: First, 1958 Morgan Sport Racer, Stephan Trafton; second, 1992 Ferrari, 512 Tesstarossa, Skip Downing; third, 1970 Ferrari Daytona, Stephan Trafton.
SPECIALTY (unique vehicle)
Ally years: First, 1951 Ford Woody, owned by Ron and Joan Shirk; second, 1924 Ford “C” cab pickup, Lyn Holmes; third, 2006 Suspensions Unlimited Sand Pro II, Phillip Black.
All years: First, 1953 Chevy 3100, owned by Rod and lynn Hubbard; second, 1953 Chevy El Camino SS, owned by Bob Johnson; third, 1954 Chevy 3100, Therese Kingsbury.
All years: First, 1957 Chevy, owned by Rick Mumford; second, 1955 Ford F-100, Ed Olsen; third, 1050 Ford, Chuck Jaeger.
All years: First, 2006 International CXT, owned by Phillip Black; second, 1971 International Scout II, Rich Melrose; third, 1955 Jeep CJ 3, Allen Black.
All years: First, 1966 Chevy Impala, owned by Tony Peplinski; second, 1964 Chevy Impala, Justin Truex; third, 1929 Ford Model A, Ron Brutton.
All years: First, 1973 Dodge Challenger, owned by Jim Gagnon and Carol Johnson; second, 1969 Chevy Camaro Z28, Guy Anderson; third, 1970 Chevy Chevelle 454 SS, Carole Croft.
All years: First, 2008 Harley Street Glide, owned by K Yi; second, 2002 Custom, Steve Lombardo; third, 2000 Honda XR 650 R, Chris Whiteman.
Mayor’s choice: 2006 Ford GT, owner Mike Bailey.
Commander’s choice: 1930 Ford Model A, owner Pete Walstram.
Editor’s choice: 1959 Chevy Impala, owner Barb Van Vliet.
Parts Plus: 2006 International CXT, owner Phillip Black.
Les Schwab: 1967 Chevy Chevette SS, owner Gary Swanson.
Best of show: 1941 Hollywood Graham, owner Roy Deaver.