Cars rumbled down Main Street on Saturday as the Classy Chassis Sumner Car Show rolled through Sumner.
Hosted by the Sumner Downtown Association and sponsored by Heritage Bank and Hometown Values, the 13th annual car show flew by with many pleased attendees.
“Some years feel slow,” said Galyn Gram, a regular attendee. “This year is looking good, though.”
The crowd had a plethora of sights to see.
“We were anticipating 180, but we ended up with over 200 cars,” said Laurie Miller, program director for the Sumner Downtown Association.
The crowded street was filled with people and lined with classic cars, hot rods and trucks. There were several awards given ranging from Top 10 to Best in Show.
Richard Richardson from Federal Way and his brother-in-law, Robert Rogers from Auburn, entered their 1956 Ford Fairlane, which placed in the Top 10.
“I’d come to the show even if I didn’t have a car,” Rogers said. “I enjoy all the cars.”
Richardson agreed, adding they are both crazy about cars. The men take their car to many shows, but the Classy Chassis in Sumner is a little different.
“It’s close to home, and they have a good turnout,” Richardson said.
An Elvis impersonator is a staple act at the event, since his music brings alive the era of the cars. Danny Vernon, this year’s impersonator, was the star of the stage.
Friends Warren Veit from Orting and Mike Lane from Sumner supervised their classic cars, enjoyed the show and showcased their own automobiles.
Veit’s 1958 Ford Skyliner and Lane’s 1934 Ford Cab were no strangers to the festival. In fact, they’ve both won awards in the past.
“Seeing the different automobiles, meeting people with similar interests,” Veit said. “That’s my favorite part.”
Both men were in good humor, loving the show and the entertainment.
“My favorite part of the car show is when I beat him,” said Lane, a good-humored rivalry between two friends.
“There are good quality cars at this show,” Lane said. “The entertainment is good, too.”
The cars were accompanied with booths, including Dixie’s Home Cookin’ and other food stands.
Owner Sabrina McNall, from Sabrina’s Lunch in a Box, walked around the show and handed out sandwich samples to attendees.
The Daffodil Court was in high spirits, holding a raffle and handing out the awards. The raffle was a 50-50 split, and the Daffodil Court raised $600 and received half, plus a $100 gift from the winner.
Of the awards, Pat and Laurie Sunnen from Puyallup took home Best in Show with their 1935 Reo Royale 7-S.
The Tiki Taxi, owned by Roy Dunn of Federal Way, put the crowd in a summer mood and took home the People’s Choice award.
“Overall, this show was the best one they’ve had in five years,” Miller said.
And the winner is …
• Steve and Marcia Teixeira, Bonney Lake , 1967 Mercury Cougar XR7
• Robert Rogers, Auburn, ’56 Ford Victoria
• Lloyd Marvik, Puyallup, ’56 Chevrolet Bel Air
• Dave Kimball, Puyallup, ’36 Chevrolet pickup
• Arlen Brotman, Lakewood, ’35 Chev two-door
• Gary Peterson, Lake Tapps, ’37 Plymouth Convertible with rumble seat
• Don Boltz, Orting, ’32 Chevrolet 5 Window Sport Coupe
• Brian McAdams, Edgewood, ’50 Mercury
• Dave Detwieler, Auburn ’64 Chevrolet Nova stationwagon
• Anna Lopriore, Tukwila, ’54 Chevrolet panel truck
• Best Paint: Mike Claggert, Edgwood ’57 Chevrolet Bel Air
• Best Modified: Wayne and Diane
Kinsman, Edgewood, ’54 Topless Coupe
• Best Project: John Washburn, Tacoma, ’52 Lincoln
• Best Modern: Jim and Jane Griffeth, 2000 Plymouth Prowler
• Best Orphan: Gordy Anderson, Edgewood, ’61 Divco milk truck
• Best Custom: Monte Aversano, Seattle, ’57 Chevrolet Corvette
• Best Stock: Bob Kraft, Puyallup, ’63 Chevrolet Impala SS
• Best Engine: Roy Griffin, Tacoma, ’53 Chevrolet 210 Club Coupe
• Best Street Rod: Hollis and Rosie Elliott, Tacoma, ’31 Ford Model A Coupe
• Best Rat Rod: Rob Bowen, Puyallup, ’30 Ford Sedan
• Best Flames: Ernest Hadman, Sumner, 2000 Plymouth Prowler
• Best Upholstery: Elliott Mitchener, Puyallup, ’51 Ford two-door customer
• People’s Choice: Roy Dunn, Federal Way, the Tiki Taxi
• Mayor’s Choice: Tom Lobell, Tacoma, ’68 Chevy Impala
• Best in Show: Pat and Laurie Sunnen, Puyallup, ’35 Reo Royale 7-S