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Saints Stage Port Orchard "The CRUZ" & Car Wash

Photos & Story by John Kincl

During a summer of clear skies and 80-degree temperatures, August 13, 2017 dawned grey and threatening rain. That didn't deter 430 vehicles from showing up for "The CRUZ" and just after noon, the skies opened up for 45 minutes and everyone got a free car wash. After that, the skies cleared and everything was wonderful.

This 2017 event honored one of our Saints Car Club members, Gary Kanekkeberg, who passed away on April 15, 2017. Gary was a long time member of the Bremerton-based Saints and he had an extensive car collection with an impressive variety of vehicles. His collection included vehicles from the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s, both stock and modified, and in great condition. One of the last vehicles he had restored was a 1945 International Farmall Model "H" tractor, which was one of the featured vehicles at the 2017 show. Gary, along with being a member of the Saints, was also a member of the Olympic Vintage Auto Club and, the Kitsap Cruisers.

Great show and a good turnout, despite the weather. Thanks to everyone that attended - we look forward to seeing you in 2018, as always, the second Sunday in August.


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