It was a hot weekend and dozens of hot cars showed up in The Dalles over the weekend for the annual “Cruise the Gorge” event, which kicked off with a Neon Cruise through downtown The Dalles beginning Friday afternoon at 6 p.m.
Cars cruised up and down Second Street and Thrid Street until dusk to show off their unique vehciles.
Then all day on Saturday, cars lined up to be showcased at the Show in the Shade event at Sorosis Park.
The turnout was strong and the cars were amazing.
“Despite the heat wave, we had a record 370 entries this year and a great turnout for the Neon Cruise on Friday,” said Steve Hudson, tour chair of the Mid-Columbia Car Club, which, along with The Dalles Rotary, sponsored the car show.
Here is a list of the winners of the weekend’s car awards in the various categories.
Best Red: 1947 Plymouth Coupe — Tod & Alyce Lounsbury, Wapato, Wash.
Best Not-Red: 1941 Willys Sedan — Don & Robin Pyle, Lebanon
Dennis Gage Pick: 1950 Studebaker Commander — Tim & Laura McManus, La Grande
Host Stock: 1973 Plymouth Roadrunner — Paula King, Grass Valley
Host Modified: 1947 GMC Sedan Delivery — Mike & Elaine Walch, The Dalles
Best Chevrolet: 1946 Convertible — Richard Rohde, Vancouver, Wash.
Best Ford: 1956 Sunliner — Hal Pashon, Camas, Wash.
Best of the Rest: 1953 Studebaker Coupe — Pat & Kate Dilling, Olivehurst, Calif.
Pre-1932: 1929 Ford Model A — Brett & Corinne Butcher, Pasco, Wash.
1932-39: 1938 Chev Master — Richard Mauro, Klamath Falls
1940-48: 1941 Cadillac Convertible — Phillip & Linda McMahon, Tillamook
1949-54: 1949 Ford F1 pickup — Colleen Betsworth, LaPine
1955-57: 1955 Chev Belair — Randy & Charlene Crum, Washougal, Wash.
1958-64: 1960 Ford Sunliner — William Kullman, Culver, Wash.
1965-69: 1966 Pontiac Catalina — Richard Nichols, The Dalles
1970s: 1979 Lincoln Mark IV — Mark Chambers, Vancouver, Wash.
1980 & up: 1990 Nissan 300zx — Norm & Ethan Youngsma, Gresham
Pre-1947 Commercial: 1936 Chev Sedan Delivery — Terry & Brenda Sorvik, Portland
1947-54 Commercial: 1949 Studebaker pickup — Lee & Glenda Stilwell, Klamath Falls
1955-66 Commercial: 1956 IH S-180 — Jay Richardson, Walla Walla.
1967 & up Commercial: 1972 Chev C-10 pickup — Michael Ollis, Plain, Wash.
Custom: 1956 Ford 2-dr — Hank Bothwell, Sandy
Restored/Original: 1954 Studebaker Commander — Dave & Janis Vandervort, Portland
Sports car: 1963 Austin Healey Roadster — Jason & Leana Tenison, The Dalles
1953-82 Corvette: 1962 — Dave Sitton, Arlington
1983-96 Corvette: 1994 — Tom Strand, Terrebonne
1997 & up Corvette: 2000 — Art May, Pendleton
1964-93 Mustang: 1966 Funnycar — Bob & Lynnie Wade, Fairview
1994 & up Mustang: 2006 GT Convertible — Jeffrey Buck, Portland
Muscle car Stock: 1968 Olds 442 — Bob & Rosa Brooks, Keizer
Muscle car Modified: 1966 Pontiac GTO — Fred & Laura Bower, Gresham
Under Construction: 1964 VW Bug — Marvin Dorsey, Goldendale, Wash.
Import: 1996 Honda Civic — Sean Hardwick, The Dalles
Ratrod: 1952 Dodge M-37 — Sean Barter, Prineville
Long Distance: 1,800 miles!, 2010 Camaro — Evan Echenrode, Vinita, Okla.
Longest Ownership: 59 years, 1954 Studebaker Commander — Dave Vandervort, Portland
Club Participation: 13 cars — Billjerone Hot Rods, Portland
Dufur Pick: 1972 Chev K-20 — Clay Stiefbold, Portland.