What started 35 years ago as a small gathering of friends of Harold and Nancy LeMay has grown into a highly anticipated annual event attended by thousands of car enthusiasts. The 35th annual LeMay Car Show, Auction and Swap Meet takes place Aug. 25 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Marymount Event Center. One of the most anticipated elements of this car show will be the presence of two 1948 Tuckers – which is a rare occurrence in Washington. In addition, children will have a chance to have their photo taken with Tow Mater, one of the stars of the animated hit “Cars.”
Funding collected by the Tow Mater photos will be donated to Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital.
The event will also feature a Car Club Corral, a vintage car auction in the afternoon and an auto swap meet. Vendors will be selling products throughout the day.
The auction is slated to begin at 1 p.m., featuring several dozen restorable parts and vintage vehicles. An auction preview will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Car clubs attending the event will receive VIP treatment, with premium, reserved parking to showcase the vehicles. There is no extra charge to participate – club members simply pay the general admission fee.
Individual car lovers are welcome to show their own collector vehicles at the event, starting at 8 a.m.
The LeMay Family Collection will be on view featuring more than 500 cars stored on the grounds of the former 87-acre Marymount Military Academy. The LeMay Family Collection currently stands at somewhere between 1,800 to 2,000 cars.
Marymount Event Center is located at 325 152nd St. E. in Spanaway. General admission is $10, or $5 for children ages 6-17. Children 5 and under are free. LeMay Family Collection Foundation members also receive free admission.