ARLINGTON — Hundreds of auto enthusiasts turned out again to generate thousands of dollars for the Arlington Boys & Girls Club at the annual Sittin Pretti Summer Slam car show at the Arlington Airport on Saturday, Aug. 17.
“It’s been a pleasure to work with such a nice group of people,” said Arlington Boys & Girls Club Director Bill Kinney, who credited Sittin Pretti with generating $2,400 for his club last year alone. “They’ve been a huge help to us, and it’s always amazing to take in the craftsmanship of their cars.”
Chris Mull of Aberdeen created a distinctive design for his 1963 Datsun in keeping with its name of “Wabi-Sabi,” which Mull defined as “the art of finding beauty in imperfection.” While the interior sported spotless cherry red upholstery, the exterior’s lime green paint job was deliberately rusted, so that its appearance would reflect its age.
“I wanted it to look like I’d pulled it out of a field where it had been sitting for 50 years,” Mull said. “I wanted to be able to drive it on an everyday basis. I can use dented, bumped and rusted parts on it, and still have it look cool, but making a car look old is actually harder than making it look new.”
Farshad Pirdavari of Bellingham attracted plenty of attention with his own rig, a 1992 Chevrolet Caprice with Lamborghini front doors, gull-wing rear doors, a tilted trunk lid, 12 television sets, ostrich-skin leather and 30-inch wheels.
“This has been my dream car for years,” said Pirdavari, who originally intended to showcase it in 2010, but was only able to debut it this year. “I’ve put a lot of time and effort into it, and I’ve been blessed to have people show me the ropes, as a young guy trying to make it in this field.”