Shiny and new, gleaming classics and all kinds of automobiles in between will be showcased in the island’s newest display of mechanical vigor, the Whidbey Island Car Show.
The show for car enthusiasts will run 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, at the Whidbey Island Fairgrounds and Events Center in Langley. Along with cars to delight spectators, there will be music, raffle prizes, food and more. Admission is free.
Categories of cars range from antiques — year 1930 or older — to classic muscle cars, next generation sports cars and even more modern models, including Japanese, German, Italian and British models.
Organizers and partners Bruce Bell and Heather Klein launched this new car show, which they say will have a “carnival atmosphere” and be fun for all ages.
Klein’s passion for cars has been a lifelong one, starting at an early age and growing over a bond of love of cars with family members.
As for Bell, he’s had eight Corvettes in his life. He plans to bring his 2017 Corvette and a 1946 Dodge to the show.
Jim Freeman, who is widely referred to as Whidbey Island’s “Conductor of Fun,” will be providing entertainment, leading an engaging raffle draw as well as filling the role of DJ. T-shirts with this year’s show logo will be available for purchase.
Scallywagon Eatery will be the show’s food vendor, providing a variety of eats and treats, including root beer floats.
For the amusement of kids and football fans, the Seahawk “Fambulance” will also be at the car show. The eye-catching decommissioned ambulance is painted in Seahawk green and blue.
There are prizes to be won and trophies to be claimed. Entering the show costs $40, and there are a variety of categories, including car makes and models and single categories such as People’s Choice, Best of Show, Under Construction, Exotic and Odd Ball.
Bell describes the selection process for winners as “friendly judging,” and the public can vote on the People’s Choice Award. The Best in Show will be determined by a panel of expert judges.
The first place winner will get a trophy, second place will get a plaque and third place will get a ribbon.
Proceeds of the show will go to three nonprofits: Friends of Friends, The HUB and Whidbey Veterans Resource Center. The bulk of funds come from the show’s 30 sponsors, Bell said.
“It’s really about giving back to the community,” Klein said.
Bell said he is expecting to bring in between $10,000 and $15,000 this year for the nonprofits and already has his sights set high for next year’s event, hoping for $30,000 if the five-person board decides to make it an annual event.
“I think we can pull it off and be professional,” he said. “I’m very happy with the response from the community. …. It took the whole board to put this together.”
Klein said they felt a need in the community for such a show, and, after the idea was first hatched, it quickly generated enthusiasm from the community and sponsors alike.
“There’s a lot of cars on Whidbey Island,” Bell said.
• The South Whidbey Record is a sponsor of the Whidbey Island Car Show. Additional information can be found at whidbeyislandcarshow.com.