Eastside Street Rods' Fabulous 42nd Westport Run
Photos & Story by Don Amundson
We really scored big on the weather at Westport, July 2016. While it was overcast on Friday in the Seattle area, the weather on the coast turned out to be a beautiful, sunny day. Registration at McBee's Silver Sands Motel, the host motel, started about 1 pm, and already there were people on site to sign up for the run. In fact, there are quite a few who come down on Thursday to get in an extra day at the resort town.
The parking fields for the Friday afternoon cruise-in at the American Sunset RV Park were dry, and guests could walk around and visit in comfort while the dinner was being put together. This would be the second year that the Valley Drifters Cruising Association would host the "kick-off" Spaghetti Feed. Served with tossed salad, French bread, and choice of drinks, the cost is included with the entry fee. In fact, the entry fee includes the dinner on Friday, the lunch on the poker run, and the sit-down dinner on Saturday evening at the Grange in Grayland. That meal offers several types of ocean fish, baked potato, salad, rolls and dessert! After the Spaghetti Feed, participants visit downtown Westport, to go for a walk, or go back to their motel to hang out and "tire kick".
It's 10 on Saturday morning. Already cars are lined up on both sides of the street at McBee's, waiting to go on the Poker Run. Eastside members Bruce and Gretchen Ojala, who have been "laying out" the poker run for years, travel down to Westport several weeks before the event to set up the scenic tour of the drive. No one knows where the road will lead, driving along the ocean, cruising through the cranberry bogs, stopping at resort venues, visiting a local winery, or stopping at any of the various shops like Brady's Oysters or Bay City Meats. Poker run stops are manned by members of several car clubs. Winners are announced at the evening dinner. The last stop on the poker run is the hotdog lunch at the South Beach Christian Center in Grayland, Washington. After lunch, you cruise down to Dock Street, in Westport, where Eastside member, Doug Lawrence will greet you for the Show and Shine. Following the Show and Shine and the parade there is time to go back to your motel and catch a nap, or just hang out before dinner. After dinner the poker run winners are announced, door prizes given out, and the Best of Show award is presented. This year's winners were Gene and Elaine Garland, of Bow, Washington, who drove their 1938 Chev Coupe down to the event. Come visit us July 14 - 16, 2017.