North Whidbey Lions Oak Harbor Car Show - WOW!
Photos & Story by David & Jeanne Marin
Remember back a few years, like maybe 35 or thereabouts and unless you were there you probably won't remember the Oak Harbor Car Show, under a tent in a vacant lot next to a parts house, rain, mud, a few dozen vehicles - a few trophies, lots of smiling faces and a grand old time was had by all.
Flash forward 2016, August 16, to be precise and, under clear blue skies, a few hundred cars, trucks and motorcycles are lined up in picturesque Windjammer Park, in 13 categories ranging from Stock 1953 and older to Muscle Car to Rat Rods and- all the category judging for the 70 or so trophies is done by the participants.
Oak Harbor native Jim Woessner has been there since that rain-soaked first show, in fact, Woessner is the founding father of the event though he is now more than happy to watch and encourage from the sidelines.
"Terry Beatty and the North Whidbey Lions have done a marvelous job with the show," says Woessner. "The judging by the participants has worked out really well. We tried a number of systems over the years and I think they've found the one that works best."
Event chairman Terry Beatty adds, "This is a serious car show and no one takes these cars more seriously than the car owners - serious and great fun all in one!"
All is presented with a backdrop of "appropriate" music brought to you by DJ Kevin Collins of "Party Pros". There's also free shuttle service to the antique shops and restaurants in downtown Oak Harbor. Be there!