Plenty of Rumble at La Conner Classic Boat & Car Show
Photos & Story by Carl Molesworth
The Town of La Conner is consistently voted one of Washington's favorite romantic getaways. And on August 5, 2017, there was as much rumble as romance happening in La Conner when 150-plus enthusiast cars rolled into the historic waterfront community for the 17th annual La Conner Classic Boat and Car Show. The show also drew nine moored wooden boats plus several classic trailered boats.
The Classic, which takes place at the La Conner Marina's south parking lot and guest moorage F Dock, features not only autos of all sorts but also classic wooden vessels in the water and smaller fiberglass boats on trailers. The variety of vehicles at the 2017 car show was as broad as ever -- classics, hot rods, sports cars, muscle cars and even a selection of vintage racers and a fire engine.
The La Conner Classic always draws machines from near and far, and this year local cars were joined by machines from throughout the Puget Sound region. While in La Conner, many of the entrants and their passengers took the short walk downtown during the day to check out the fine dining and shopping there.
Approximately 1,450 walk-in visitors toured the show area and voted for their favorite cars. A panel of judges also fanned out to make their selections in a variety of fun categories such as "most likely to get a ticket" and "best back seat." Several vendor and exhibitor booths, along with an ongoing raffle with fun prizes, added to the festivities. The judges gave their Best in Show award to Steve Smith of Kirkland, WA, for a magnificent '35 Ford Phaeton. Terry Hill of Mount Vernon, WA, won the People's Choice award with his restored Ahrens-Fox fire engine.
More fun - and maybe a little romance, too -- is on the way at this year's 18th annual La Conner Classic. The show will take place on Saturday, August 4, 2018, and additional information can be found at www.lovelaconner.com. We hope to see you there
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