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Show n' Shine returns to Arlington

 

Christopher Andersson

Ben Miller, left, and Kevin Mauer discuss Miller's truck at the 2016 Show 'n Shine Car Show in downtown Arlington on June 11.

Arlington's 17th annual Show 'n Shine car show brought restored cars, hot rods, antiques and more to Olympic Avenue for car enthusiasts.

The event, put on by the Downtown Arlington Business Association (DABA) on June 11, draws many to the city.

"Cars are an American heritage and I think in downtown Arlington you get the best of both of those worlds. You have that hometown feel and you have these old cars," said DABA president Mike Britt.

"People spend a lot of time and money on those cars and you get to see those old cars in an old town," he said.

Britt said people like a piece of their past that they can touch.

"Maybe they had that car at some point in their life or they always wanted that car," he said.

Kevin Mauer came to the show because a truck that has been restored that his dad used to own and he had sold.

The truck used to haul cabin-building materials because that is what his father did for work.

"I was 10-years-old the first time I saw that truck," he said. "It was just something you find in the woods," he said.

He said he had to come down to the show to see it.

Ben Miller, who owns the truck, said he has been working on it as a memorial to his father-in-law, who always wanted to work on it.

For the past three years he has been turning it into a rat rod, "and little by little, here it is," he said.

Others like the memories old cars bring back, including Toni Kernaghan who found a red 1960s Ford Galaxie like her family used to drive.

"We had a lot of stories from a car like that," she said.

"We went up to Yellowstone National Park and we were trying to go up to the petrified forest and the car caught on fire and we all had to bail out," she said.

She remembers arguing with her brother in the back of the car and being separated by their father, and passing her first driver's test in that Ford.

"They sold it a long time ago, but it's kind of nostalgic for me," she said.

Christopher Andersson

Toni Kernaghan talks about a '60s Ford Galaxie that reminds her of the car she had growing up during the 2016 Show 'n Shine Car Show in downtown Arlington on June 11.

This year's car show also brought a BMX (bicycle motor cross) demonstration to Legion Park.

"I had some serious reservations about how that might work or how that might be portrayed," said Britt.

"I understand better than many people about how the town is becoming more biking oriented, because I'm involved in those things, but I had never heard or seen something like that at a car show," he said.

However, many people stopped by the park to watch the show and Britt said he "couldn't take my eyes off of these guys" during their bicycle performances.

Britt also wanted to thank the Arlington Grizzlies, a recently created semi-pro football team, for coming out in numbers to volunteer for the event and help direct traffic, among other tasks.

"The man force they brought to the show is not something we've had before," he said.

 

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