Stephen Pielow, right, and Ed Dose, of Ravenstone Vapor Honing, talk about Pielow’s car that he brought to the Arlington Drag Strip Reunion and Car Show on Sept. 8, 2018.


Dragsters and other racing cars will be displayed and rev their engines at the annual Arlington Drag Strip Reunion and Car Show on Sept. 7.

This year’s show is from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Arlington Airport field. The parking entrance for the event is on 188th Street. 

Kids enter for $1 and spectators enter for $3.

The Arlington Airport field used to host races in the 1950s and 1960s, which is why the event is held there.

“There’s a lot of history with this race track,” said Bill Kinney, one of the main organizers of the event.

“It was quite a busy race track in its day,” he said, adding about 11 world records were set on the track.

The car show typically hosts a lot of specialty race vehicles each year. “There’s not many places that you get to see this many race cars,” said Kinney.

Many of the racers will also start the engines of their cars at the event as well.

“People get to see vintage cars firing up their engines, you can smell the nitro,” said Kinney.

“That’s the big part of the show that you don’t see elsewhere that often,” he said.

Racers come out to the event to meet with spectators as well.

“People from the racing world show up and you can often get some signatures,” said Kinney.

Part of this year’s event will be to honor one of the racers who had come many times to the event.

“This year one of our big attendees, Jim Green, passed away,” said Kinney.

“He’s been involved with us since day one and usually is a big attraction here, bringing out a lot of his cars each year,” he said.

Kinney hopes to honor Green throughout this year’s car show.

“We’ll be having some people share some stories on the microphone about Jim,” he said.

The car show is run by volunteers and funds raised go back into the community.

“I started it 16 years ago as a fundraiser for the Arlington Boys & Girls Club,” said Kinney, who said the event has put more than $100,000 back into the club since the car show began.

The event has also helped other nonprofit organizations as well, like the local Arlington Community Food Bank and the Marysville-Pilchuck High School auto shop.

The Port Gardner Vintage Auto Club also helps organize the event and donates some of their proceeds from raffles to local charities.

Kinney hopes that this year will be another good car show.

“We’re excited and hoping to have some good weather for this year,” he said.

“One of the shows that we used to compete against changed their date so we’re expecting a little bit more turnout to this year’s show as well,” he said.

More information about the annual event is available at arlingtondragstripreunion.com.


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