XXX hosts Hall of Fame car show

July 2, 2015

When Mike Montgomery was looking for a spot for the Washington State Hot Rod Hall of Fame to host a fundraising car show, he knew that XXX marks the spot.

Unfortunately, Issaquah’s XXX Rootbeer Drive-in, which started out with just a handful of car shows when owner José Enciso took over the business in 1999, now boasts a schedule filled to the brim with 35 of the year’s 52 weekends already spoken for.

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Officials share progress on local walking and bike paths

July 2, 2015

About a dozen people settled down the evening of June 9 into the Issaquah Trails Center to hear updates from the city and King County regarding local trails and bike paths.

First up with a PowerPoint presentation was Mary Joe de Beck, a city senior program manager, talking about the city’s highly touted Walk and Roll program. The city has hired a great consultant and spent some time trying to include the entire community in the overall plan, de Beck said.

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Car show, Make Music Day are both June 21

June 17, 2015

Sometimes, the stars align to bring together two things to make one memorable union, from love-struck youths Romeo and Juliet to food pairings surf and turf.

Issaquah residents will be the beneficiary of a quirk of the calendar, when two of the Downtown Issaquah Association’s biggest events of the year fall on the same day.

The car show Fenders on Front Street is always on Father’s Day, which just so happens to fall on June 21, the same date for the annual Music Day.

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Signs of a root beer lover

November 11, 2014

U.K. man gets 18 of the biggest names in motor sports to sign Triple XXX shirt

Steve Osmond really likes root beer, and Seattle Children’s will be the beneficiary of his passion. It all started over the summer with a T-shirt.

Contributed Steve Osmond (right) presents a Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-in T-shirt to restaurant owner José Enciso (center) and Gary Estes. Osmond had 18 of the biggest names in motor sports sign the shirt at the Goodwood Festival Of Speed Week in West Sussex, England.

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Steve Osmond (right) presents a Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-in T-shirt to restaurant owner José Enciso (center) and Gary Estes. Osmond had 18 of the biggest names in motor sports sign the shirt at the Goodwood Festival Of Speed Week in West Sussex, England.

The 54-year-old British citizen’s jones for the juice is especially legendary among fellow motor heads, even those here in the U.S.

The Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-in is especially renowned for its root beer — the Coca-Cola Co. makes a specific brew for the Issaquah restaurant that can’t be found anywhere else.

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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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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 www.fendersonfrontstreet.com/registration to learn more about signing up.

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Gunners FC opens its season May 17

May 13, 2014

The Issaquah-based Puget Sound Gunners FC soccer team will open its season with a May 17 matchup against the Portland Timbers U-23.

The team, led by head coach and Issaquah resident Jimmy Ball, features athletes from across the Northwest region and beyond, including Issaquah High School graduate Michael Roberts.

Players from the University of Washington, Seattle University, Seattle Pacific University and Western Washington University will suit up for the Gunners.

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Triple XXX hosts its first-ever electric car show May 11

May 6, 2014

For the first time, Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-in will host a car show strictly for plug-in electric vehicles.

The Spring Electric Vehicle Show on May 11 is part of Triple XXX’s regular Sunday car show roster that typically features classic cars and collections from local car clubs.

By Greg Farrar A Tesla Model S sedan with a storage compartment under the front hood fondly nicknamed the ‘frunk’ by owners of the electric car, is on display in 2013 at the Earth Day Fair in Newcastle.

By Greg Farrar
A Tesla Model S sedan with a storage compartment under the front hood fondly nicknamed the ‘frunk’ by owners of the electric car, is on display in 2013 at the Earth Day Fair in Newcastle.

At the Spring Electric Vehicle Show, members of the Seattle Electric Vehicle Association will showcase many different vehicles, including classic cars that have been converted to run on electricity as well as production vehicles such as the Tesla, Nissan Leaf, Ford Focus, Mitsubishi, Fiat 500 and plug-in hybrids. Dealers and other sustainability representatives will be on hand to showcase how driving electric vehicles saves money while also saving the planet.

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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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XXX showcases the classics — old and new

February 11, 2014

José Enciso has owned The XXX Rootbeer Drive-in since 1999, and it has turned out to be one of the most popular destinations for car buffs to gather.

Even though his growing schedule of shows is filled throughout the year with classic car clubs, and his own garage is packed with a variety of classic rides, Enciso knows the future of car clubs belongs to the newest aficionados who drive imports.

C0ntributed The 2013 NWCCC meetup  featured 150 classic 1955, 1956 and 1957 Chevys. The Tri-Five, as it’s known, is the longest-running car show on the XXX Rootbeer Drive-in’s schedule.

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The 2013 NWCCC meetup featured 150 classic 1955, 1956 and 1957 Chevys. The Tri-Five, as it’s known, is the longest-running car show on the XXX Rootbeer Drive-in’s schedule.

Enciso said The XXX became a destination for spontaneous meetups, or flash mobs, of like car owners, especially car clubs for imports, like Hondas and Subarus.

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