Showin' off the Shine

Posted: Tuesday, June 22, 2004

The Central Peninsula's first Show & Shine at Harley Davidson of the Kenai Peninsula turned out a variety of locally owned prize possessions, and a lot of motor loving visitors. Officially 10 motorcycles and 36 cars entered the peoples choice competition, but an untold number of vehicle enthusiasts cruised by the Harley parking lot on their pride and joys to see what others had brought to show. "We're all into our motors, paint jobs, and hobbies, so we put together this show to get everyone together to have some fun and show 'em off," said Si Zimmerman, manager of the Harley shop. "I met a lot of new people and had a lot of fun here today," said Mark Avigo, who brought out his vintage 1967 Super Sport Chevelle, "I always wanted a muscle car when I was a kid, and I guess I just had to have one when I grew up," added Avigo. Avigo plans on teaming up with 20 some classic auto owners to drive to Whittier and catch the ferry to Valdez for a show the later part of July. The totally restored Chevelle was destined for the auto crusher when Avigo rescued it, "It had trees growing out of the trunk," said Avigo.

The winner of the peoples choice for the best four wheel and the best of show trophies went to George Derkevorkian of Soldotna with his '69 Mustang Mach 1. George has owned the car since he was 19, and consistently picks up trophies with his favorite Ford. Paul Hutchings Harley motorcycle took the trophy for the best 2 wheels.


Showing off a vintage vehicle at the first annual Show and Shine.

Everyone seemed to enjoy the sound of the roaring engines and squealing tires in the burn out pit. Zimmerman said he was pleased with the turn out and plans to do it again next year.

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