It was the beginning of the 21st Century when Cy Zimmerman, manager of Peninsula Harley Davidson became acutely aware that a lot of folks on the Peninsula had a passion for machines with wheels and that local garages were a treasure trough of cool motorcycles and automobiles. “We’ve had a lot of parties for people and their machines ever since we moved into the new store on the Sterling Highway and we see new stuff every year. The Show & Shine started to give folks a venue to show off anything that they liked that had wheels, motorcycles, automobiles, tractors we just invited everyone to bring it out. The awards are all given by people’s choice and everyone who comes by gets a vote. It’s always a good time and we meet a lot of interesting people and make new friends every year,” said Zimmerman.
This year’s best of show on two wheels winner was a custom chopper owned by Mike Harvey. Dennis Effenbeck’s ’56 Mercury which is regularly seen driving around Soldotna was the people’s choice for best paint job. Tony’s ’31 5 window coupe was the best of show on 4 wheels, and the people’s choice for overall best of show was Gary Muller’s customized ’35 Hudson Terraplane. Muller is from Sterling and says it was a labor of love, “I bought the car in parts and pieces from a gentleman in Wasilla and restored it right here at home putting a Jag independent rear end in it with a Mustang II front end and a ’89 fuel injected Corvette engine which I pulled off and put three deuces on it and put her together,” said Muller. Brendyn Nichols of Finish Line Automotive helped me and a buddy of mine that has since passed away Danny Vale did the interior and it’s a real work of art,” Muller told the Dispatch. Gary says he has six months of 12 to 18 hour days in the restoration and no idea of the total costs he has in it, “I built it for the wife but she don’t drive it,” laughed Gary, “It’s not scary to drive, it drives real nice, she did bring it here last year and won with it while I was working. I don’t know if we’ll repeat this year, we’d like to give someone else a chance, but we love having a chance to show it to folks who’ve never seen anything like it before, that’s the fun, most of us know each other and come here to show off what we can do,” Muller said.