Car show draws crowd to Marysville's Third Street | SLIDESHOW
July 18, 2012 · 11:17 AM
MARYSVILLE — The inaugural “Rodz on 3rd” car show on Saturday, July 14, seems set to become an annual event, as its organizers hoped, since it managed to draw more than 100 hot rods and rat rods, as well as classic, custom and muscle cars, to Third Street between State and Alder avenues.
Will Borg, an organizer for the event, explained that the Downtown Marysville Merchants Association presented the car show to add another traditional activity to Marysville’s summer months, as well as to turn attention back toward the businesses of Third Street itself.
“With the focus that’s been put on revitalization, we want to highlight our historic downtown,” said Borg, who noted that 20 entrants had pre-registered by the end of June, and added that the event’s maximum capacity was 120 entries.
Marysville’s Lars Torvik brought his 1967 Porsche 912 to its first car show since he bought it for $675 about a decade ago.
“It was in bad shape,” said Torvik, who’s since invested an estimated $10,000 into the vehicle. “It didn’t even have a motor.”
Torvik proudly displayed the model’s standard rear engine, and gushed over its body style.
“I saw so many Porsches working at Microsoft that I had to have one,” Torvik laughed.
Tulalip’s Bryant Bray paid $1,800 for his 1927 Hudson Essex and has spent roughly three times that much on repairing, maintaining and customizing it into a low-rider in the four years since.
“I saw the body on Craigslist and I had to have it,” said Bray, whose passion for automobiles began in earnest at the age of 18 and has become a career for him at the age of 30. “I didn’t know anything about cars at first, but I realized that I liked tinkering around with them, and each time I’ve played around with them, I’ve learned a little more.”
Marysville’s Louie Blanchard, like a number of other “Rodz on 3rd” entrants, used the car show as an opportunity to let folks know that his automobile was for sale.
“It’s been in storage about 80 to 90 percent of the time anyway,” Blanchard said of his 1978 Chevrolet Corvette Indy 500 Pace car, which he purchased for $18,000 in California 15 years ago. “It was a surprise birthday present for my wife at the time.”
With only 14,000 miles on the limited edition vehicle, Blanchard is only asking for the $18,000 that he originally spent on it.
Joe Leppado brought what was perhaps the most eye-catching vehicle of the car show, a 1972 Volkswagen Bus that was transformed into a giant roller-skate to promote the Bellevue Skate King decades ago. While Howard Jenkins bought the big skate 10 years ago from the Bellevue Skate King, Leppado became its custodian two years ago when he told Jenkins that he was tired of seeing it sitting around without being refurbished.
For more information on “Rodz on 3rd,” call Borg at 425-330-3322, or log onto www.facebook.com/RodzOn3rd.