Drive Electric Week car show on Sunday features fast, rare cars

September 20, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 20, 2014

More than 60 electric vehicles from the Northwest, including the world’s fastest street-legal all-electric car, will gather Sept. 21 in Issaquah at a car show celebrating National Drive Electric Week.

Among the new, rare and vintage conversion vehicles on display will be the first Fiat 500e in Washington as well as White Zombie, a 1972 Datsun that accelerates from 0-60 mph in less than 2 seconds, which owner/builder John Wayland is bringing from Portland.

The show is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-in, 98 N.E. Gilman Blvd.

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Fantastic fenders fill Front Street

June 17, 2014

Rain keeps cars away, but not spectators

More than 350 cars registered for the 2014 Fenders on Front Street car show, about half of what is usual when it isn’t raining.

But the off-and-on rain didn’t keep the people away. The closed-off street was packed during much of the show.

By Kathleen R. Merrill The display of this 1931 Buick, owned by Jan Pelroy, of Issaquah, was popular in part due to the intricate design of the interchangeable hood ornaments.

By Kathleen R. Merrill
The display of this 1931 Buick, owned by Jan Pelroy, of Issaquah, was popular in part due to the intricate design of the interchangeable hood ornaments.

Many families took their fathers to the show as a way to celebrate the day.

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Car show to take up all of Front Street

June 10, 2014

Close down an entire city street, line up vintage rides from end to end and pack the sidewalks with classic car aficionados, and you get one of downtown’s most popular events — Fenders on Front Street.

The annual car show, hosted by the Downtown Issaquah Association, returns for its ninth year June 15, bigger than ever. Executive Director Karen Donovan said the show set an attendance record last year with about 10,000 visitors.

Unlike specific car shows, anyone with a classic ride may register to sign their car up, even the day of the event. Donovan said they may have to cut off signups by 11 a.m., depending upon the number of participants. Go to to learn more about signing up.

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Skyline car show unites school’s students

May 27, 2014

Noela Lu Skyline         High School

Noela Lu
High School

Maseratis, Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Bentleys and a Mitsubishi Evo X were just a few of the pricey cars that were present at Skyline High School’s annual car show earlier this month.

Skyline’s Associated Student Body is in charge of hosting the popular event where Skyline students are allowed to physically touch all of the cars present and vote for their favorite ones. Held during lunch, this is a much loved and well-known tradition for students.

All of the cars were owned by the families of Skyline students, with each individual car costing between $50,000 and $300,000. The less expensive cars were placed near the entrance of the school’s patio while the security-guarded row of Lamborghinis and Ferraris formed an intimidating line near the back.

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Registration opens for Fenders on Front Street

March 11, 2014

The Downtown Issaquah Association has opened free registration to its ninth annual Fenders on Front Street Car Show from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 15, Father’s Day.

The show attracts car owners from across the state showing off their classic cars. There will be live music by the Kaleidoscope School of Music, family activities, and a trophy and awards ceremony with master of ceremonies Lance Lambert. Vinyl Radio will broadcast classic tunes all day with Jeff Shade, the host of the syndicated show “Talk About Cars.” The afternoon will culminate in a cruise to the Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-In.

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