LACEY - Sharron Thorpe of Rainier has replaced the paint, wheels, tires and fenders of her 1967 Chevrolet Camaro, but not the engine. She loves its distinctive sound.
“You know you’re coming down the street,” she said about the sound of the car, which cost $14,000, not counting the $25,000 in upgrades.
Those investments paid off Saturday in the form of three plaques, one award and one trophy that the car won in Cool Rides at the Ridge, a car show at River Ridge High School in Lacey.
The first-time event was organized by the school’s band director, John Theine, as a way to raise money for the band and the school’s electric vehicle club. It was scheduled for 10 a.m.-4 p.m., but it ended about an hour early because of rain.
Saturday’s rainfall was the first since July 2 when the area recorded participation of 0.01 inch, according to the National Weather Service. By about 4 p.m. Saturday, 0.03 inch had fallen in the area, a meteorologist said.
About seven classic cars and trucks were part of the event, as well as about five motorcycles.
In addition to the vehicles, there was face painting, a race track for remote- controlled cars and a pinewood derby track, Theine said.
Christopher Woodsum of Olympia brought four, two-wheeled vehicles to the show: one electric moped, one gasoline-powered moped, a 1974 Honda dirt bike that was considered street-legal, and a 100cc gasoline-powered motorcycle that was built in Italy in 1964 for the former Sears, Roebuck & Co.
Woodsum towed all four to the show behind his 1963 Studebaker. He said he likes to putt around town on the smaller motorcycles and mopeds.
“You don’t have to go fast to have fun,” he said.