PHOTOS: West Seattle Car Show 2016

(UPDATED EARLY SUNDAY with winners added to our earlier as-it-happened coverage – scroll down)


11:42 AM: In the north lot at South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) on Puget Ridge, we’re in the second hour of this year’s West Seattle Car Show. It’s all about the details – the door locks in our top photo are on the 1965 Ford Falcon next to our booth in the heart of the show. Wide variety of cars, including a 1992 Ferrari:


Not a big car fan? How about hydros?


Adjacent attractions that are welcoming Car Show-goers include the Northwest Wine Academy and Seattle Chinese Garden, both right here along the north side of the campus. Wondering about the weather? It’s been cloudy and breezy so far this morning, but no rain, and none expected, so no need to worry about that. It’s even looking like the sun WILL appear, as forecast, before too long. Best viewing time is before 3 pm, when the trophies will be handed out – they’re ready and waiting:


We’re off to check out the kids’ activities – more coverage to come. See the show schedule here!

12:25 PM: This is also a good place to be for lunch. Nibbles and Kebab Brothers are here, just north of the Wine Academy building. Inside that building on the east side of the Car Show zone is where you’ll find ongoing kids’ crafts, a race track, and $1 hot coffee as well as $5 wine/beer, plus snacks (including $1 popcorn).


And the sun has JUST broken through!


From right before the sun showed up, a quick Instagram-video spin around a section of the show:

The Disco Cowboys are onstage after 1:30 pm.

1:18 PM: More reasons to take a close look at the cars – the ’60 Cadillac (fins and all) on the other side of our booth sports this detail:


If you’re here at the show, be sure to get a BINGO slip to take around to the booths (including ours) to get the squares marked off – this will be your FREE entry into the drone drawing. Also, 50/50 Raffle tickets – fundraising for nonprofits (the White Center Food Bank is here!) – are on sale at the info booth, which is under a blue canopy on the northeast side of the show zone here in the SSC north lot. Prime time to come see the cars, the hydros, the people is until 3 pm, when the trophy winners will be announced.

2:32 PM: The Disco Cowboys are onstage now and if you haven’t heard them before, they’re exactly what the name says:

… disco music, done cowboy style.

2:57 PM: And the show finale … drawing and trophy time. This year, something new – the trophy-winning cars got a bit of advance notice and have been moved over near the stage for the presentation, so everyone can get one more look at the winners, rather than hearing the winners listed and trying to remember which was which.

ADDED EARLY SUNDAY: The winner list, and photos. In the order announced, as announced, with some photos (sorry we didn’t get them all!):

1954 and older: 1939 Pontiac


1955-1959 domestic: Packard

1960-1964 domestic: ’64 Pontiac

1965-1969: ’65 Ford Falcon (also featured in our top photo)


1970-1974: VW Camper


1975-1989: 1976 Buick Wagon


1990-present: 2007 Corvette

Best Truck: 1974 Chevy


Best European: 1958 MG


Best Asian Import: Isuzu Impulse

Alternate Fuel or Electric Vehicle: 1966 Buick Skylark

Best Motorcycle: 1967 Norton


Best Woman-Owned Vehicle: 1969 Dodge Dart

Best Junior-Owned (Under 21): VW GTI


Best ‘Survivor’: 1957 Pontiac Station Wagon

Judges’ Choice, Best Stock Vehicle: 1998 Ferrari

Judges’ Choice, Modified: ’67 Camaro

People’s Choice Award, in honor of show founder Michael Hoffman: 1938 Auburn


O’Reilly’s Trophy: 1967 Chevelle


South Seattle College-presented Best Student Car: 1995 Toyota Pickup

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The awards were announced by West Seattle Hi-Yu youth, with the assistance of West Seattle Autoworks’ Todd Ainsworth, still in his Disco Cowboys singing gear:


This was the third year that WS Autoworks and Swedish Automotive coordinated the West Seattle Car Show, and the ninth year for the show overall.

8 Replies to "PHOTOS: West Seattle Car Show 2016"

  • West Seattle Hipster August 27, 2016 (3:46 pm)

    Great event, a big Thank You to everyone who sponsored, volunteered, or brought out their vehicles.   Great way to spend a Saturday afternoon in West Seattle.


    Thanks WSB, for the great coverage. 

  • Julia August 27, 2016 (5:26 pm)

    It was great! Close, free, not 90 degrees out! So much fun seeing the old and new vehicles.

  • flynlo August 28, 2016 (11:32 am)

    Um- TR, the picture under the ‘Best European” is NOT an MG it is a Triumph, specifically a Triumph TR3!!  Every Triumph owner is often insulted with the phrase “Nice MG”!

    • WSB August 28, 2016 (11:39 am)

      The car make/model is from the entries as announced by the Car Show; the photo is from our photographer. I will attempt to cross-check. (And I certainly mean no slight to Triumphs; the car my mother loved most was a red GT6+, early ’70s … stolen from our San Fernando Valley carport while we were on vacation and found gutted and torched 10+ miles away.)

  • Mike August 28, 2016 (3:58 pm)

    That Montana Green MK2 GTi looks great!

  • Todd August 29, 2016 (9:36 am)

    Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to help make this show happen this year! There’s so many to thank, I couldn’t possibly do it here! Thank you to all of the owners who brought their vehicles out to show off and the great crowd of spectators who came out to enjoy the day! We had food trucks, DJ, live music, kid’s activities and the Hi Yu Court helped with the trophy ceremony! We hope to see you again next year for an even better show!

  • Zak August 29, 2016 (11:38 pm)

    For 4 years now i’ve wanted to bring my 1972 Mustang to the show. Every year i’ve been out of town though. I’m only 19 years old and would love to enter into the junior owned class. I am really hoping that next year i will be in Seattle and can finally bring my car out to it!

  • Green2Go August 30, 2016 (1:26 pm)

    Wished I could have made it this year. Amazing cars from local talent.

    Noticed the South Seattle College-presented Best Student Car: 1995 Toyota Pickup had wide tires. Something I learned the hard way by getting a ticket for protruding past the fender. Didn’t have an issue in Idaho but to be street legal in Washington state they require “Fender/Splash apron – the entire width of the wheel must be covered by either the fender or splash apron (mud flap) and it must extend down to the axle of the vehicle (RCW 46.37.500 & WAC 204-10-022)”

    Be careful out there student.

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