Live from West Seattle Junction Car Show 2009, report #1

(this was our morning report; see our afternoon report here)

Not just cars at the West Seattle Junction Car Show – the Last Resort Fire Department, famous for parade appearances among other things, is here, and showing off what looks like a ladder to the sky. The fire trucks are on SW Alaska west of California, near where the West Seattle Farmers’ Market will be starting at the top of the hour. We’re right at Alaska/California, next to Easy Street, just east of the table selling raffle tickets for a multitude of great prizes:

Prizes include a Weber grill donated by Junction TrueValue and a Victoria Clipper trip donated by TILA Real Estate – and dozens of others – so bring a few dollars for raffle tickets. Between Alaska and Edmunds, we caught a couple photos for starters – including a classic school bus:

And of course, fabulous cars, like this T-Bird sedan:

The announcer across from us has been touting some upcoming contests, like the “Longest Beard” around 1 pm. And to go with the classic cars, classic music – we’ve heard lots of ’50s and ’60s but right now, it’s steel drums for an island mood to accompany the sunshine.

10:44 AM UPDATE: Talked with Stan from Woodinville, who’s evoking drive-in nostalgia:

Stan’s here with wife Pam – and they’re celebrating 35 years of marriage.

ADDED 11:02 AM: Over at the West Seattle Farmers’ Market, tomato tasting is about to start – we’re told it’ll continue till the tomatoes run out! (added later, here’s a photo)

And we spotted a special musical guest a little while ago: West Seattle-residing rocker Chris Ballew, performing kids’ music as Caspar Babypants:

11:20 AM: The Oh Boy Oberto hydroplane across from us is supposed to fire up its engines around noon – we’ll do our best to get that on video, if you can’t be here. Meantime, two gentlemen who are NOT here with the hydro but used to own another one just stopped by to ask if they could look over our shoulder to check on the webcast of a big hydro race down in San Diego today – it doesn’t start till 12:30 pm but it’ll be at Meantime, WSB contributing photojournalist Christopher Boffoli has sent some photos including great detail shots of these beautiful cars:

More photos and video as the day goes on – and we’ll start the “afternoon report” after 12; the West Seattle Junction Car Show continues till 4 pm. (Farmers’ Market is till 2 – here’s a tomato-tasting photo via Twitter from market managers at @NFMASeattle.) Thanks to everyone who’s stopped by to say hi – we are right on the corner next to Easy Street (and a big gorgeous orange car – seen here with some of the patroling SPD officers).

Bring a sweater – mostly sunny but a bit chilly – beautiful day. Meantime, we’re wrapping up this report and will be launching the afternoon edition by 12:30 pm. (Note: See it here.)

2 Replies to "Live from West Seattle Junction Car Show 2009, report #1"

  • cjboffoli September 20, 2009 (11:25 am)

    All of those mustachioed Baby Boomers with their classic cars totally remind me of my dad back in New England who has been a gearhead from the time he could see over the wheel. I wish he had been here in Seattle this morning as I wandered among those beautifully kept machines. Here is a more extensive gallery of some of the fantastic design details of those cars (shot this morning):

  • John September 21, 2009 (1:27 pm)

    Thumbs up! I thought the event was fantastic. I haven’t been to a car show in years and I really enjoyed wondering through the many cars, wishing I had an ounce of skill to do what they can do to those cars.

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