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Show 'n Shine at the Shores - A Hot Rod Concours d' Elegance

Photos by Denny Bickar, Story by Tony Halekakis

The ninth annual Show 'n Shine at the Shores show sponsored by the Push Rods of Hoquiam made up in quality for what it lacked in quantity. The weather forecast predicted rain both Friday and Saturday and scared off a number of participants.

It turned out the weather on Friday was clear, cobalt blue skies with a few clouds. The Friday poker run went down the Ocean Shores peninsula to the Coastal Interpretive Center near Damon Point, made some stops on Point Brown Avenue and continued up to the Green Lantern Saloon in Copalis Beach before returning to QBRC. Best hand won a Staycation package at the casino and second best was a crisp $50 bill. It did rain Friday night, but nobody seemed to care.

On Saturday, the main car show saw a tiny bit of drizzle early in the morning, and then we had a really nice day. Seventeen car clubs were represented at the show, with several clubs having double digit attendance. The Participation award went to the Beach Boyz of Ocean Shores. There were over 100 cars on the field, and 35 awards were presented. Best of Show was won by Ed Duncan of Ocean Shores, driving his rare 1954 Corvette. Push Rods of Hoquiam members were ineligible for prizes and awards but turned out en masse to work the show, enjoy the spectacular cars and keep things running smooth as silk. There were multiple comments by participants and spectators on how nice all the cars were. There were so many rare and beautiful cars that it actually did look like a Concours d'Elegance for hot rods. The event was once again emceed by Lance Lambert of the Vintage Vehicle Show.

As always, Quinault Beach Resort and Casino rolled out the red carpet. The Hot Rod Cafe in the main showroom served hot dogs, chili dogs, root beer floats and a no host bar with various libations. They graciously donate several Staycation packages, including dinners at Emily's Fine Dining.

Car numbers were drawn every 15 minutes on Saturday for nice prizes and 10 crisp $50 bills. One car number was drawn at the awards ceremony on Saturday to receive five crisp $100 bills. There was a 50/50 drawing and a raffle for a beautiful brand new woman's Nel Lusso edition bicycle. Recently the Push Rods purchased a one hundred percent legitimate NHRA Christmas tree timing light. At no charge, folks could check their reflex times. Times were listed on a whiteboard and best time received an award. In spite of the weather forecast and the major expansion construction going on at QBRC, the event was a home run. The Push Rods of Hoquiam was founded in 1953, and the majority of the money raised from events like this one goes to local charities. Please visit the Push Rods website - www.pushrods.org, or contact Tony and Trish Halekakis at 360.532.1918 for information on Push Rods of Hoquiam events.

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