By HUGH McKENNA

For The Daily Astorian

SEASIDE — John Taketa‘s candy metallic tangerine orange 2012 Camaro draws interest wherever it goes.

Once, while stopped on the Interstate Bridge in Portland for a bridge lift, he noticed people in neighboring vehicles admiring his.

He thought, “why not?,” and opened the Lamborghini-style doors. As the doors opened upwards like a pair of scissors, people exited their vehicles and he staged an impromptu single car show on the freeway in stopped traffic.

He wants everyone to enjoy his baby. Unlike many of the participants in last weekend’s Muscle and Chrome Cruise-In who festooned their cars with “please don ‘t touch” signs, Taketa invited spectators to sit in his custom car. 

Car buffs strolled among muscle cars primarily from the 1960s through 1978 and factory performance cars from 1979 to the present lining Broadway and downtown side streets Friday and Saturday.

The annual event, hosted by the Seaside Downtown Development Association, featured a Show ’N’ Shine, Poker Walk, Beach Party and a U.S. Highway 101 Cruise, the Broadway Cruise-in, Treasure Hunt, Downtown Cruise and awards ceremony. SDDA will put on the Wheels and Waves Cruise-in Sept. 6 through 9 showcasing vehicles from 1962 and older.

As spectators walked among the vehicles, everywhere you could hear the background beat from One of a Kind Drumline. The program for Vancouver, Wash. students was popular as members beat out different tunes.

Duane Moore’s 1971 Ford Maverick fittingly posed in front of the iconic Art Deco facade of Funland. The Ariel, Wash. man’s drag racer covered the quarter-mile in the low 10-second range from a standing start and reaches 134 miles per hour. 

Among the exotica was Jeffrey Price ‘s 1970 Volkswagen Beetle. Far from being ignored for its lack of muscle, it drew groups of buffs who had owned a VW or had friends who owned a VW or had dated someone who had a VW or who had raced a VW up the road to the Astoria Column.

Price, a Seasider, had been working on the car for five years. The Beetle had many custom touches: a sunroof has been added, the suspension lowered, the roof liner done in a red flocked velvet and special mats and upholstery. The 1600cc engine had been tweaked with Weber carburetors and a high-performance ignition system and other improvements. The speakers glowed with blue neon. Price’s VW won Best Beach Cruiser last year and has been featured in publications from Australia to the United Kingdom.  

Warrenton’s Mike Barricklow flexed his ingenuity with a cargo trailer made from the rear portion of a C-1 Corvette that was pulled by his matching 1967 Chevrolet Corvette C-2, both painted matching brilliant red.

Not all cars were gleaming works of art, Kevin Batey’s 1928 Ford Model A Sport Coupe was a survivor . Its well-worn body carried black, white and blue specks of paint with an overall patina of rust. The yellow spoked wheels stood out, as did the hand painted “Seaside or Bust” sign attached to the exterior mounted spare tire. 

On the front fender of Craig and C.J. Noyes’ 1963 Chevrolet Impala Super Sport is a badge of honor – chrome numbers 409 above crossed flags.

The emblem signifies that a 409 with 425 horsepower is under the hood.

During the history of the automobile there have been many famous engines: the Offy, the Flathead Ford, the Chevy Small Block and the Hemi. But the mlost famous car motor to have a song written about it was the 409 Chevrolet from the early 1960s, the popular song, “409,” written and sung by the Beach Boys. The song was a hit then and continues to be popular among gear heads today. It goes, “She’s real fine, my 409.”

    

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