Push-Rods Score Another Hit on the Banks of the Hoquiam
Photos & Story by Bob Roseberry
Washington's Grays Harbor County is a hot bed of gear head activity. It has been for years although, on the face of it, this wouldn't appear likely. Composed of a scattering of smallish towns, mostly rural, with their backgrounds in logging, fishing, farming, and related industries, the County would hardly seem a likely home to an enthusiastic and sophisticated vintage automotive community. And yet it is! As far back as the early '50s, Montesano rodder Doug Rice was prepping his chopped and channeled '39 Ford coupe for Bonneville. By 1964, a three car spread in Hot Rod Magazine exposed the whole nation to the quality rods being built in the Harbor, while today, the area boasts national, if not world, class rod shops, upholsters, painters, as well as hundreds of individual gearheads building and driving some very cool stuff.
It's no surprise, then, that a car show, on "the Harbor" would be full of well done, interesting rods, custom, classics and special interest vehicles. Such was the case at the Push-Rod's Riverside Run Revival held in Hoquiam on July 2nd, 2016, on the banks of the Hoquiam River. We spotted such diverse iron as a 1930 Packard, a '56 T-bird, a hair-raising turbo charged LS3 powered 240Z, a neatly innovative '29 A highboy pickup, a smooth "custom rodded" '40 Merc and more-all from the Harbor. The "Run" has been going long enough that cars from adjoining counties regularly drive in, so we also noted a heavily patina'd '53 FlOO, a new-build '69 Nova SS, a '57 Ford Retractable, and a survivor '66 T-Bird from out of town. There were more of these, but you get the idea.
The Riverside Run's sponsors are the Push-Rods, a car club in continuous operation since 1953, (and one of three very active carclubs in the County--more proof, if needed, that the Harbor's a hotrod hotbed!). Under current President Roy Rager they put on a show that goes together so smoothly that it's hard to see how much effort is going on under the surface. This year's event included food vendors, door prizes, a couple of stripers doing their thing, music and an awards ceremony. In addition, the event benefits a long list of local charities-too long to list here, unfortunately.
We don't have the exact date yet but the Push-Rods Riverside Run Revival happens right around the first weekend in July, so watch the CruZin' Calendar. Hoquiam is little more than a day trip from anywhere in Western Washington and the Run is a good way to spend a "car day"! You'll find good people, cool cars and a great time!