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Cars, spectators turn out for Drag Strip Reunion


September 13, 2017 | View PDF

Christopher Andersson

David Benjamin, left, and Jeff Showlund, center, monitor a drag racer engine as it is revving up at the Arlington Drag Strip Reunion and Car Show on Sept. 9.

Drag racers and hundreds of other cars came down to the Arlington Airport field for the 14th annual Arlington Drag Strip Reunion and Car Show on Sept. 9.

The car show is put on by volunteers and raises funds for many local charities.

It typically draws hundreds of cars and thousands of spectators to the Arlington Airport field to see the drag racers.

"This year is going well considering it rained," said Bill Kinney, one of the organizers of the event and director of the Arlington Boys & Girls Club.

"Our numbers are down, but it's still profitable for our charities and still fun," he said.

Many locals who maintain drag racers come to the event to fire up their engines and show off their vehicles.

"The people love the race cars and the firing up the engines with the smell of the fuel," said Kinney.

"I love listening to the cars and I love when they fire them up as well," he said.

Participant Dee Morris brought a drag racer with her husband to this year's event.

"We're just drag race fans and we've always been drag race fans," she said.

"So, when we get a chance to come out and see all the old cars, we like to come out," she said.

Local David Benjamin also brought a drag racer and said he likes the event because it is close.

"Normally we're racing somewhere this weekend, so we haven't been able to come here, but we were this year because we didn't have a race to go to," he said.

Benjamin said he enjoys seeing others from the drag racing community at the local car show.

"It's kind of nice because there's a lot of guys here I haven't seen in 20 or 30 years," he said.

"It's nice to see old faces and keep in touch with old friends," he said.

The event also serves to remember the drag races that were held at the Arlington Airport in decades past.

"My dad used to race here in the '60s," said participant Jeff Showlund.

The event is volunteer run.

"Port Gardner Vintage Auto Group is a great club to work with and they do a ton of work to make this happen, and they don't take a penny for themselves," said Kinney.

This helps the event give back money to charities. "That's why we started this 14 years ago, to raise funds for the Arlington Boys & Girls Club," said Kinney.

Last year they raised $12,000 to give to a number of different local organizations.

Christopher Andersson

Dee Morris, left, and Phil Morris prepare their drag racer before starting the engine at the Arlington Drag Strip Reunion and Car Show on Sept. 9.

"It's a good feeling to be able to give all this money away," said Kinney.

The Arlington Boys & Girls Club continues to receive a portion of the funds, along with organizations like the Marysville Community Food Bank, the Arlington Food Bank, Cocoon House and the Burned Children Recovery Foundation.

Since the event began, the Boys & Girls Club alone has received more than $100,000, said Kinney, which they've used to fund projects like their recent renovation, scholarships and day-to-day operations.

More information about the Arlington Drag Strip Reunion and Car Show is available at


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