Kirkland Classic Car Show to celebrate 10th anniversary this weekend
By MATT PHELPS
Kirkland Reporter Regional Assistant Editor
July 25, 2012 · Updated 4:42 PM
Downtown Kirkland will be invaded Saturday and Sunday by hot rods, vintage cars, custom cars, trucks and motorcycles, as the Kirkland Classic Car Show celebrates its 10th anniversary.
“It looks like we are going to get perfect weather,” said event organizer and Kirkland resident Terri Fletcher. “We should have between 12,000 and 25,000 people.”
But that is not all that could be invading.
“We hear a rumor that the Seafair Pirates might land at Marina Park,” said Fletcher.
This would be the first time in decades that the Pirates have visited Kirkland.
The two-day event will be split between the second annual Cruise in and Dance at 3 p.m. on Saturday and the Kirkland Classic Car Show on Sunday. Both events are free to spectators.
The Cruise in and Dance is free for the first 145 vehicles. The event will include activities for children, and a performance by the band 24 Hour Diesel from 7-10 p.m. at Marina Park. Marina Park and Kirkland Avenue to Lake Street will be closed to parking on Saturday from noon to 10:30 p.m.
“These two events are totally different,” said Fletcher.
The big celebration will be for the Kirkland Classic Car Show. Fletcher, former Kirkland resident Dick Beazell and the Legends Car Club have been organizing the event since its inception.
The Legends Car Club is a Pacific Northwest organization that promotes the hobby of collector cars and motorcycles. The club runs three shows a year, Tastin N Racin, Kirkland Classic Car Show and the Snoqualmie Railroad Days, with most of the proceeds going to local charities. Legends has donated $40,000 to various charities.
For Beazell, the show has become a big part of his life as he has since moved to California but makes the trek to Kirkland to continue helping Fletcher with the events.
The event will host about 550 vehicles on Sunday. Marina Park, Lake Street from Central to Second, Kirkland Avenue to Main Street, Park Lane and the Lake and Central parking lots will all be closed.
“It got started as a way to bring people to downtown businesses,” said Fletcher. “The first year George’s ran out of eggs … for a lot of people in Kirkland that is the only day those cars come out of the garage.”
For Fletcher the event is a labor of love.
“My dad was a big car buff,” said Fletcher. “It is just really cool to look down the street and see all these amazing cars.”
Fletcher said that Kirkland resident Bonnie McLeod has also helped with the organization of this year’s event.
“We would also like to thank, Ford of Kirkland, Lee Johnson Auto Family, Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union, Bikini Beach, Hectors and Milagro Cantina,” said Fletcher. “These are our Gold and above sponsors.”
For more information, visit www.kirklandclassiccarshow.com/.Contact Kirkland Reporter Regional Assistant Editor Matt Phelps at firstname.lastname@example.org or 425-822-9166 ext. 5052.