Show N Shine draws record number of cars to Arlington

ARLINGTON — Olympic Avenue boasted a record turnout for the Downtown Arlington Business Association’s Show N Shine June 12.

Event co-chair Marilyn Bullock reported that 291 cars were parked on the closed-off street this year, up from 250 cars last year.

“We’ve got a good reputation,” Bullock said. “These are all really awesome cars. They’ve got great paint jobs and represent a wide variety, from the 1920s to 2010. Whether they’re really old or really new, we’ve got them here.”

Marysville’s Jess Jones has been a car guy since 1957, back when he was still in high school. The 1939 Chevrolet Coupe he had on display at the Show N Shine is one of more than 20 automobiles that he owns. He first obtained it as a stock car in 1989, before modifying it into a street rod in 1996.

“I like the speed of cars, and girls like it too,” said Jones, whose first car was a 1956 Chevy hard-top. “For a while, it’d get to where I dumped one girl, or she dumped me, and within a couple of weeks, I had another girlfriend because she liked the car.”

Jones is a die-hard Chevy man, having grown up working at a Chevrolet dealership as an auto mechanic. He continues to customize his cars today, adding air conditioning, overdrive transmissions, high-performance motors, power rack-and-pinion steering, power disc brakes, and front and rear speakers to his rigs.

“I drove the Coupe to Minnesota and back last year,” Jones said.

Snohomish’s Dean Oban has been tinkering with cars for 45 of his 52 years and proudly boasts that he still owns the first car he ever drove in high school — a 1951 Chevrolet pickup truck. The 1927 Ford Model T “rat rod” he had on display at the Show ‘N Shine represents “five years of Monday night” of labor by himself, his brother, his father and a family friend, which is about how long he’s been driving it since then.

“I like working with my hands,” Oban said. “There’s no rules to it. I’ve taken this car out to the Bonneville Salt Flats. Cars don’t have to be shiny.”

An inscription dedicates the car to Arlene Oban, Dean’s stepmother, and Sandy Lovelace, a good friend, both of whom have passed away. When Dean’s father, Ray Oban, passed away another inscription was added naming him the “driver” of the rat rod.

Don Ross of Mountlake Terrace brought a relative rarity to the Show ‘N Shine, in the form of a 1964 “Amphicar,” an automobile that doubles as a boat and can cruise at 70 miles per hours on land and 7 knots in water.

“When I bought it seven years ago, it had no engine and no seats,” Ross said. “Its owner ran out of money to restore it when he went through a divorce. I’ve spent about $28,000 on it, but these cars sell for $80,000.”

For the past four years, Ross has driven his Amphicar to the opening days of the Seattle boat parade, as well as to locations ranging from Lake Goodwin to lakes in Montana.

“It’s nostalgia,” Ross said of the appeal. “You polish it up so other people can admire it. It’s quite a hobby. There are more cars at these shows every year, because more people are restoring them.”

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