It's common to think of an Alaskan trophy as a bear, moose, sheep, mountain goat, or gigantic fish, but for a growing number of Alaskans their trophies have wheels and they enjoy a chance to show them off.
Seeing what's under the hood in a customized pick-up at last week's Show & Shine at Peninsula Harley Davidson.
That's why the folks at Kenai Peninsula Harley Davidson started hosting a Show & Shine party last year and inviting anyone with a set of wheels they'd like to show off to bring it over to their parking lot. Last year's event was such a great success that they did it again this year and about doubled the number of participants and visitors according to general manager Si Zimmerman, "We had a hunch that there were a lot of back yard mechanics out there, but this has surprised everyone," said Zimmerman.
From monster trucks to classic T-Birds, Corvettes and Mustangs, if it had wheels it was welcome at the Peninsula Harley Davidson Show & Shine.
"We just really enjoy coming out here, we love the event," said Jeff Wilson of Kenai displaying his 600 horse power 1969 Pro Street Camero SS that he bought off e-bay. "I've been interested in cars since I was a kid in San Diego, California where we use to sneak into the drag strip to watch the races, I guess the bug bit us back then," said Wilson, who calls his hobby the money pit.
Jeff Wilson of Kenai primes his home built dragster at the Peninsula Harely Davidson Show & Shine.
Wilson and his brother John Crump are also partners in "The Mistress" a full blown dragster that they built with parts they purchased off e-bay. "It's totally scratch built from the ground up which took us over 3 years to build, and some $25,000 worth of parts," said Crump as he prepared The Mistress for a demonstration burn at last weeks show. According to Crump the best he's run is 8.5 seconds at 151mph in the quarter mile at Alaska Raceway Park in Anchorage.
As popular as this year's event was Zimmerman says they'll do it again next year.
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