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Push Rods River Run Revival 2017

By Bob Roseberry


Jackets were the uniform of the day on July 1st when the Push Rods of Hoquiam staged the 2017 edition of their annual River Run on the banks of the Hoquiam River. Of course, cloudy skies and cool weather is not foreign to Grays Harbor, so everyone plans for it, dresses appropriately, fires up their hot rods and comes on over.

The big thing this year, however, was that the show was dedicated to the longest serving member of the Push Rods, Charlie Watson, who joined the club in 1953. Although now living in Woodland, Washington to be closer to family, he and wife Ann have been lifelong residents of Aberdeen. Despite the distance, Charlie and Ann are regulars at Push Rods events in the Grays Harbor area. On a personal note, this writer has known Charlie since 1979 as a good friend and fellow car guy with a ready grin, quick wise-crack and bottomless trove of bench racing lore! Dedication of the 2017 River Run to him is an honor richly deserved.

As to the event itself, our experience is that any Push Rods event draws a remarkable assortment of vehicles and the 2017 River Run was no different. "Such as": two versions of 'rodded Model A pickups, an in-progress '32 Ford two-door that is "textbook old school", and a second owner '67 Buick Electra 225, not to mention a 10 second Henry J, a record holding Corvette, and a "sneaker-sleeper" Willys. You get the idea!

The setting of the River Run is appropriate, being, for the most part, right along the south edge of the Hoquiam River which is complete with moored tugboats and fishing boats. It makes for a colorful location. The 2018 iteration of the River Run is scheduled for June 30th. If you have never been to Hoquiam, this event would be an excellent reason to go!

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