In spite of the fact that there were hundreds of thousands of Sockeye Salmon in the Kenai River and heavy rain in the morning, hundreds turned out for Stanley Ford’s first “Cruise-In” classic auto show in Kenai. “It was a totally fun community event and that was our plan, we wanted to invite the community to see these beautiful cars and offer the local people who own them a venue to show them off. For entertainment we invited Troubadour North to set up a bandstand for entertainment and to be sure no one went hungry we brought in Alex Villa with Hot Dogs Ala Carte to grill up free hot dogs for everyone and Jo Walker gave away cotton candy and snow cones for the kiddos,” reported Kimberlee Stocker, Internet/Marketing Director for Stanley Ford. According to Stocker 358 hot dogs were given away and way too much cotton candy and snow cones to even count. She estimated about 30 cars showed up for the Cruise-In that spanned the years from a 1918 or ’20 all original Model T Ford to 2013 brand new Cobra owned by Russell Allen, “We had about 45 registered, I think the early rain slowed us down a bit, but about 25-30 great cars made it out and we had a lot of fun and the folks loved voting for their favorites,” said Stocker.
When the votes were counted Best of Show was awarded to Scott Hamann’s 1947 Diamond T custom wagon. Best Ford Mustang went to George Derkevorkian’s ’69 Mach I. In first place over all was Freddie Pollard Sr.’s ’57 Chevrolet Nomad, second place was awarded to the ’67 Chevelle owned by Michael Rediske-Stuart, and third place to Gary Turner’s ’61 Power Wagon. The People’s Choice award went also to George Derkevorkian’s ’69 Ford Mustang Mach I. “We absolutely plan on doing it again next year, this was our first one and we plan on making it bigger and better than ever for next year and of course remember we have a new and previously owned car show going on here at Stanley Ford everyday with the best deals anywhere so come in and visit,” added Stocker.