Seaside's Wheels & Waves... Another Solid Entry for a Seaside Tradition
By Bob Roseberry
Seaside, OR - Once again it became obvious in short order that the September weather on the Oregon coast can be gorgeous! Why this could be a question is difficult to understand because as long as we've been covering Seaside Wheels and Waves we cannot recall any year that was a total klinker-a few marginal, maybe, but even those managed to redeem themselves by the time the four day event was over.
Having brought up the subject, how long have we been covering Wheels and Waves? Well, as I am writing this, I happen to be wearing an event T-Shirt from 2006 which, without digging through "the archives", was the second year we covered the show. So, to answer the question posed, it's been about 13 years for us. Gotta say, it feels like only yesterday-! A little background: The event started in 1998 as "Hot Rod Happenin"' then became Wheels and Waves in 2004 when the late Gary Diebolt took over management. Again, "so", there has been a September Car Show in Seaside Oregon for a solid 20 years and 2019 will crack two decades!
No secret, we like Wheels and Waves. Oh yeah, it's had the same ups and downs that every car show has, bar none, but the constant, for us anyway, is the venue and the variety of rods, customs and special interest vehicles that show up from all over the Pacific Northwest and (sometimes) beyond. Seaside, with its history dating back to Lewis and Clark, is colorful and friendly.
The cars-well not so much "friendly" but colorful and varied-just look at our photos. 2018 brought a ground scraping Lincoln Zephyr, a blown Chevy charged Nash Metro, a daily driven, modified '62 Valiant wagon and a '38 GMC school bus with 6.6 L diesel power. Not surprisingly, most entries are from western Oregon or Washington but there was a chopped '30 A from Idaho, a Hemi loaded '34 3-window from Yakima and a '39 Fargo pickup from British Columbia. And that's only a few of them, folks!
We have to say thank you to the Seaside Downtown Development Association and the "Rod Squad" for putting together another enjoyable 4-day event including two Poker runs, the Senior Cruise of local retirement homes, two all day Show and Shines, a Barbecue plus a Welcome Dinner, a Downtown Cruise and an Award Ceremony. It's a full bore party, so mark your calendar for September 5-8, 2019.
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