La Conner Classic Boat & Car Show Makes Waves
Photos & Story by Carl Molesworth
Summertime is car show time in Skagit County, and one of the unique events on the calendar is the La Conner Classic, where hot cars and cool boats mingle along the scenic Swinomish Channel for a day of fun and surprises. A cloudy morning gave way to a sunny afternoon on Aug. 6, 2016, when 165 cars and trucks rolled into town for the 16th Annual La Conner Classic Boat and Car Show. The show also drew 13 classic moored boats and 10 trailered boats.
The Classic, which takes place at the La Conner Marina's south parking lot and guest moorage 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 2016 car show was as broad as ever -- classics, hot rods, sports cars, muscle cars and even an all-electric truck.
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 and lower British Columbia. While in La Conner, many of the entrants and their passengers took time during the day to check out the town's fine dining and shopping while participating in a Poker Walk organized by the Chamber of Commerce to help them explore the downtown area. Approximately 1,550 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 flames." 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 Bill & Jeanie Thorton of Issaquah, WA, for their magnificent custom black-and-red 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air hardtop. Tim Sullivan of Mount Vernon, WA, won the People's Choice award with his restored 1938 Cadillac 75 Series convertible coupe.
More fun is on the way at this year's 17th annual La Conner Classic. It will take place on Saturday, August 5, 2017, and additional information can be found at www.lovelaconner.com. We hope to see you there!