The Fifth Annual West Seattle Junction Car Show became an instant classic as the sun came out, unlike the last two years when it drizzled. Pictured is Marieke seated in her friend's '65 Ford pickup truck. Click on photo for SLIDESHOW of more cars.
SLIDESHOW: West Seattle Junction Car Show epic; sun attracts cars & crowds
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The cars were the stars today at the Fifth Annual West Seattle Junction Car Show. In 2010 and '11 rain stifled the event, but this time the weather cooperated with the sun kissing chrome and metallic paint to the delight of the crowd as the show ran on all cylinders.
Diane Rose Vincent
West Seattle's Diane Rose Vincent took a stroll down California Ave. which for her became "Memory Lane" thanks to several 60's-era Ford Mustangs displayed.
She fondly recalled, "I had learned how to shift gears from a college friend with a Volkswagen. Then I got a red '66 Mustang from my dad in '68. I took all my friends out in it. I drove like a maniac back then, in San Bernardino. We would go up to the mountains and I'd drive around those twisty roads real fast and my friends would yell 'Stop!'"
Harold Scott, 91, who lives near the Junction, showed off his two classic cars parked side by side with his daughter, Christina, of Vashon Island. His late wife, Jaqueline Ann Standley Scott, passed away two years ago and was then featured in the West Seattle Herald here as she was the granddaughter of Joseph Edward “Daddy” Standley, who, in 1899, opened what would become Ye Olde Curiosity Shop on the downtown waterfront. He also created Totem Place, his curiosity-crammed compound high on a Palm Ave. bluff by Hamilton Viewpoint Park.
One of Harold's two Buicks is a 1963 Wildcat. The other is from 1921. First he spoke of the older car.
"I was born in February, '21," he said. "It's as old as I am. In fact, it could be a little bit older than I am. It might have been built during the fall of 1920. You can see from this (old snapshot in his hand) that it was just a pile of rust. The only thing I didn't do was some work on the engine, but this is what I found over in Mountain Home, Idaho. I even had black hair at that time, in about 1964."
He said that when he drives the Wildcat, with its 401 cubic-inch V8, "It passes everything on the road except the gas station."
Bob Brown, President, Westenders Scooter Club
Bob Brown, President of the Westenders Scooter Club, based in West Seattle, displayed his fully-restored 1965 Lambretta LI-125. This was the first year the show accepted classic motorcycles and scooters.
"Vespa and Lambretta were like the Ford and Chevy of the scooter world from 1947 to 1972," he explained. "They were arch competitors. Whenever one rolled out a new machine the other one rolled out something, too to try to top it in terms of styling or performance. Possibly the Lambretta (has become more collectible) by virtue of the fact that they went out of business in 1972 so any Lambrettas still on the road are instant classics because you need to know something about them to keep them running. It gives you instant 'cred' with the scooter community."
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