"Flashy Ferraris, basic Fords provide variety at car show"

"One of the rare vehicles at the Lions Club car show was this classic woody, a 1946 Ford station wagon owned by Gary Dixon of Woodinville. On the doors is painted Norm's Resort Cottage Lake, a resort and campground near Woodinville that operated for many years.Jon Jensen/staff photoA car show with as many Ferraris as Corvettes is something of a rarity. Seeing five of each was just one of the special features of Saturday's fourth annual Classic, Sports Car and Hot Rod Show at the Island County Fairgrounds. More than 250 people came through the gate to see the 86 entries at the fund-raiser for the South Whidbey Lions Club. Most of the cars and trucks there were invited by show organizers after being seen at other car shows, according to Jim Simpson, event coordinator for the Lions club. We're trying to make this more than a 'show and shine' event, said Simpson.After judging, first- and second-place awards were presented in about two dozen categories, along with People's Choice awards and four special awards from sponsoring businesses.Perhaps the oldest vehicle at the show was a 1923 Ford 1-ton truck owned by Gust Skarberg of Clinton.Another rare vehicle - but somewhat newer - was the 1978 Lamborghini Silhouette Spyder, one of only three in this country and one of only 52 worldwide.Unlike other shows, this one includes a drive-by, where visitors fill the bleachers and the owners roll past - something the hot rodders seemed to particularly enjoy.Among visitors at the show was Juhana Valve of Helsinki, Finland, who's spending two weeks on Whidbey visiting relatives. An admitted car nut who attends car shows in Scandinavia, Valve was impressed by the Lions Club show. So many Ferraris in one place - and in such good condition, he said.The Lions were pleased at the turnout, which was aided by overcast skies that turned sunny in the afternoon. It was pretty packed there toward the end, Simpson said.The People's Choice Awards, by category, went to:American Car - 1957 Chevrolet owned by Louis Garcia, Oak Harbor.Foreign Car - 1931 Lancia Augusta of Bill Stebbins, Clinton.Hot Rod - 1939 Ford of Roy Deaver, Clinton.Winners of the Sponsors' Awards were:Les Schwab Trophy - Ferrari Boxer of Steve and Diane Trafton of South Whidbey.Whidbey's Coffee Co. Trophy - 1965 Cobra 289 FIA car of Craig Smith of South Whidbey.Meguiar's Car Care Trophy - 1947 Crosley of Jay Maddox, Greenbank.Lions Club Excellence Award - 1931 Lancia Augusta of Bill Stebbins, Clinton. "

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