Hundreds of car enthusiasts came out to Arlington's annual Show and Shine Car Show to display and talk about their vehicles on June 7 and 8.

The car show is put on by the Downtown Arlington Business Association (DABA) along Olympic Avenue.

Despite the clouds and rain many people still came out to this year's show, said Cristy Brubaker, secretary of DABA and organizer of the event.

"We've got 277 cars registered so far," she said. "I'm shocked, to be quite honest, because it's so cloudy."

This year the car show was expanded to two days and many people registered early on the first day, said Brubaker.

The extra day was meant to allow people to cruise around downtown Arlington, something that many visitors of the car show already did.

"It went really well. We didn't have as many people bring their cars out because of the rain, but we still had lots of people cruising," said Brubaker.

Entertainment was also provided on June 7.

"The music in the park was a huge success and everybody loved the beer garden," she said.

Brubaker said that people come out to the event because they like the cars and the community. 

"One guy was telling me he was trying to get his ballot done to vote on the cars. He said he's trying to get it done before voting closes at 11:30 a.m., but he keeps running into people he hasn't seen for a couple of years and has to stop and talk," said Brubaker.

Many attendees said they just enjoyed working on cars and talking about them with others.

"I'm a car guy myself so I like coming to these," said attendee Jim Chamness.

"We're just old hot rodders that are going to die some day. You can quote me on that," joked attendee Willis Baker.

Many people like showing their various cars at the event as well.

Attendee Edward Graybeck has a 2005 Roush Stage Two prototype that was used in the Discovery Channel program "Roush Racing: Driver X," a television show that helped select the next NASCAR driver for Roush Racing.

"I like to show my car to everyone that wants to see it. It's kind of a hidden neat car and everyone gets to learn about the history of it," said Graybeck.

Brubaker said she enjoys the community around the event as well and has been involved with the car show for a long time.

"It's a family tradition. My folks started it 20 years ago when they were a merchant downtown and they saw it as a way to get people downtown," she said.

More information about DABA and their events is available at arlingtonwa.org.

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