Four years ago, Jamie McGuire bought a 1947 Chevrolet school bus.
“We’d been watching it in a junk yard for 10 years,” he said. “It was never for sale.”
But one day it was, and McGuire, 68, of Salkum, managed to strike a deal with the owner.
“It was full of motorcycle and Model A parts,” he said. “It had a lot of dents and dings, and no paint and some paint.”
McGuire was one of about 165 participants Sunday in the T-9-O Quarrymen Car Club’s 12th annual Show-N-Shine at the Tenino City Park.
Club president Brian Hedden estimated that 500 people attended the event to check out rows of muscle cars, classic
trucks, horseless carriages and other vehicles.
The show awarded prizes for about 30 different categories, such as favorite Ford, favorite convertible, favorite truck — and favorite car to make out in.
Proceeds from the event will go to a variety of nonprofit organizations and projects that help make Thurston and Lewis counties a better place, Hedden said.
“Our goal is to raise money for the community,” he said.
McGuire said he knows it’s unusual to enter a school bus in a car show, but he added that it usually attracts a lot of attention. People love to pose for pictures next to it, he said.
“It’s the kind of bus they rode, so there are memories,” he added. “They kind of called this the country bus. Of course, there are all kinds of jokes about the stubby bus.”
McGuire said he sold two classic cars so he’d have enough money to rebuild the bus. He put in a 427-cubic-inch V-8 engine, added 12 vintage passenger seats and painted it yellow — with the words “Gramps Transport” on the side.
McGuire taught elementary school for 30 years and drove truck for a decade.
He said he was inspired by a man he met at an auction who said he was rebuilding a bus so he could take all his grandkids out for ice cream.
“That was 10 years ago, and I thought, ‘You know what? That’s a really cool idea,’” McGuire said.
He’s used the bus to drive his grandchildren to school, to a ballgame and out and about on Halloween.
“It’s just been fun,” McGuire said. “I can take all the grandkids — there are 11 of them — to McDonald’s and tell them I’m the bus driver.”
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