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Show-n-Shine packs Olympic Avenue

ARLINGTON — People came all the way from France to see the Arlington Show-n-Shine Car Show June 13.

Olympic Avenue was jam packed from end to end, as guys, families and women strolled the street to enjoy the shiny art form of restoring cars.

The bright and warm sunshine didn’t hurt, though there were those who complained about the heat.

A French couple, Laurent Denis and his wife won the tool chest donated by Stilly Auto Parts, said car show organizer Marilyn Bullock.

“They’ve been living in Bellevue for almost a year-and-a-half and she speaks predominantly French.”

Bullock said she tried out her high school French, but it was pretty rusty. Nonetheless, they still enjoyed a wonderful half-hour conversation, Bullock said.

“They were totally amazed that they won. They loved Arlington’s small town atmosphere,” Bullock said. “They loved the stores and the old buildings. They said they much prefer it to the big malls.”

Greg Baker, on the other hand, loved the hot rods best.

“We’ve been up and down the street quite a few times,” Baker said, adding he came to visit his father-in-law, Wally Cabe, who brought a 1972 Nova and a 1965 Impala to the car show. “I intended to stay a short time, but have been here three hours now.”

Comments on the street were very positive, with visitors from across the state of Washington enjoying downtown Arlington.

“This is the perfect car-show town,” said Thomas Murphy, of Bellevue. “A street full of cars and lots of good restaurants.”

Bullock saw the conversation with the French visitors as a confirmation of what she already knew: That downtown Arlington is a real treasure that must be protected and promoted.

The car show had a record-breaking 250 entries.

Prize winners

Best of show — Rick and Laurie Benson, Stanwood

Mayor’s trophy — Boyd and Mary Avery, Marysville

Best engine — Matt Togstad, Arlington

Best paint — Rick and Laurie Benson, Stanwood

George Giebel Award — Bob Pfeifer, Everett

Fred Bleeck Memorial Award — Greg Wilch, Arlington

Class 1 — 1920s and earlier stock

First - Jim and Laura Scharf, of Granite Falls

Second - Jim Garaad, Lake Stevens

Class 2 — 1930s stock

First - Dave Campbell, Arlington

Second - Rollin Whited, Oak Harbor

Class 3 — 1940s stock

First - Jack Werckman, Monroe

Second - John Huffman, Marysville

Class 4 — 1950s stock

First - Grant Jensen, Arlington

Second - Leonard Stanton, Arlington

Class 5 — 1950s modified

First - Chuck Togstad, Arlington

Second - Grant Brenneka, Tacoma

Class 6 — 1960s stock

First - John West, Lake Stevens

Second - Bonnie Giebel, Arlington

Class 7 — 1960s modified

First - Dave Peterson, Lynnwood

Second - Ken Young, Everett

Class 8 — 1970s stock

First - Bob and Sharon Kropp, Arlington

Second - Steve Kraski, Arlington

Class 9 — 1970s modified

First - Paul Fincher, Lynden

Second - Brian and Lori Toop, Langley B.C.

Class 10 — trucks stock

First - Dean and Lola Comer, Marysville

Second - Ken Casperson, Arlington

Class 11 — trucks modified

First - Matt Togstad, Arlington

Second - Dave Clark, Lake Stevens

Class 12 — special interest

First - Grant Jensen, Arlington

Second - Boyd and Mary Avery, Marysville

Class 13 — street rod

First - Warren Williamson, Shoreline

Second - Simon Van Putten, Arlington

Class 14 — hot rod

First - Don Reitz, Arlington

Second - Dean Jensen, Stanwood

Class 15 — rat rod

First - Tom and Bonnie Sanders, Arlington

Second - Amber Oban, Snohomish

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