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Another successful ‘Fall-in Car Show’ revs into Chelan (Photo Gallery)

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At the car show, interiors can be just as beautiful as exteriors when it comes to classic cars. Many enthusiasts choose to deck their rides in bright upholstery and fuzzy dice for the rearview mirror. (Photo by Jillian Foster)


Results are in from the Lake Chelan Car Club’s ‘Fall-in Car Show’ that took place on Saturday, Sep. 9, 2017. The annual event filled Riverwalk Park in Chelan with pickups, contemporary automobiles, hotrods, rat-rods and motorcycles as well as enthusiasts who enjoyed perusing the large variety of vehicles.

The event began on Friday evening at Leo Miller’s Car Museum, where he hosted an annual prime rib barbecue each year. The BBQ is a chance for the car owners to mingle and enjoy an evening talking cars, touring the museum and getting a first look at the entries.

The annual Fall-in Car Show presented by the Lake Chelan Car Club filled Riverwalk Park in Chelan on Sep. 9, 2017. (Photo by Jillian Foster)

On Saturday morning, cars and motorcycles rolled into the park to be judged and appreciated. Local band Loose Change entertained guests and participants throughout the day at the park before taking a break and setting up to perform at the event’s closing celebration, the Community Bridge Dance.

Fall-in Car Show Results:

Sweet Sixteen

                  Jim and Joanne Hendry – 1957 Ford Sunliner

 Nick Fox – 1969 Mustang Boss 429

                  John and Dea – 1963 Pontiac Catalina

                  Bill King – 1940’s Willys Coupe

                  Dick Sweetman – 1955 Chevy Bel Air

                  Tom Patton – 1961 Chevy C10 Pickup

                  Harold Schell – 1930 Indiana Motorcycle

                  Darrell Francis – 1932 Ford Roadster

                  Ron Berg – 1967 Chevelle

                  Cody Leatherman – 2016 Subaru WRX

                  Bob Harasin – 1942 Ford Cab over Truck (Sponsored by Chelan Mini Storage)

                  Jerry Barksdale – 1969 Camaro RS/SS Convertible

                  Denis and Elaine – 1934 Ford 2-door Sedan

                  Darrell Miller – 1955 Chevy Nomad

                  Joe Pennington – 1958 Chevy Impala

                  Madissyn Cobb – 1927 Ford T-Bucket

The Best in Show trophy, also known as the Pinnacle Award, features a glass apple, a symbol which the car club has become known for in their trophies. (Photo by Jillian Foster)

Host Car

                  Juan Petino – 1954 Chevy Bel Air

Participant’s Choice

                  Tom and BJ Carlton – 1934 Ford Cabriolet

Best in Show

                  Gunnar Ildhuso – 1962 Corvette

Best in Show winner Gunnar Ildhuso accepts his trophy and a bottle of Karma Vineyards Champenois. Ildhuso’s 1962 Corvette earned him the distinction during the Fall-In Car Show. (Photo by Jillian Foster)

Winners took home apple trophies and bottles of Karma Vineyards Champenois. A 50/50 raffle was also held to raise funds for the Lake Chelan Car Club’s annual scholarship program.

“We’ve been selling these tickets all day,”Lake Chelan Car Club President Shawn Shippey told attendees. “The winner will take home $327 and the other half goes towards great scholarships in our valley.”  

The scholarships are awarded each year to students in Chelan, Manson, Entiat and Pateros who intend on pursuing an education in the automotive industry.

The 50/50 raffle which raises funds for the Lake Chelan Car Club’s scholarship program gave out $327 to one lucky winner. (Photo by Jillian Foster)

Later in the evening crowds flocked to the Woodin Avenue Bridge to enjoy live music by local band Loose Change at the annual Community Bridge Dance. The dance has been a part of the Fall Car Show for many years, and participants in the show, visitors and locals came down to listen and dance. The dance was sponsored by the Historic Downtown Chelan Association.

This year saw a large turn out as smoke had finally cleared from nearby fires, and the weather was perfect for dancing the night away with friends and family.

The Car Show always ends the festivities with the annual Community Bridge Dance which saw hundreds of locals and visitors fill the Woodin Avenue Bridge to dance the night away to the music of Loose Change. (Photo by Jillian Foster)

(By Jillian Foster)




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