Wednesday, July 26, 2017 This Week's Paper

Arts & Entertainment: 17th Annual South Tacoma Business District Classic Car Show

// Summer in Tacoma wouldn’t be the same without it

One of Tacoma’s most enjoyable summertime neighborhood festivals happens on Aug. 17 when the South Tacoma Business District’s Classic Car Show takes over six blocks of South Tacoma Way between South 50th and South 56th streets. Now in its 17th year, this family-oriented event always lives up to its reputation of offering a wealth of fun activities and attractions for people of all ages to experience this vibrant part of Tacoma – and admission is free.

“It’s a great day of family fun,” said business district manager Gloria Egan, who has been involved in organizing the classic car show since its beginning in 1996. “We’re a transportation neighborhood – this is what it’s founded on so a car show is a natural fit for us to bring people to the neighborhood. We have a lot to offer.”

Upwards of 300 cars are expected to be on display throughout the Classic Car Show, which runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The $2 car registration fee will go to South Tacoma Business District food banks. All pre-registered car owners will receive a free T-shirt, a free dash plaque, a goody bag and will be entered into a

special drawing for a one-night stay at the Quinault Beach Resort with dinner for two at Emily's Restaurant plus a gift card for a total value of $300. More than 35 trophies will be awarded as well (courtesy of Dande Company), and Brown’s Flower will give roses to the ladies. Registration forms can be found at


Out on the streets, the sweet sounds of music from the ’50s and ’60s will provide a perfect backdrop to stroll among the more than 20 vendors and food offerings including gourmet hot dogs and self-serve frozen yogurt. NW Motor Scooters will have a large display, as will LeMay – America’s Car Museum with autos from the LeMay family collection. Tacoma Fire Dept. will bring their vintage Mac fire truck and the Captain USA monster truck will return again this year courtesy of T&T Tire Factory. The stage this year will be something to see – the back end of a flatbed wrecker provided by Collision Specialists.

Another annual favorite is the Jo Emery Ballet School performance. Starting at 2 p.m. the dancers will arrive in a ’50’s red Ford truck to perform in the intersection at 54th and South Tacoma Way. Staged with a country western theme, the choreography is by Jo Emery, Janis Robinson, Kaye Munro and Jean Milano. Dancers will perform to music by ZZ Top, Rascal Flatts, Luke Bryan, Jerry Reed and Keith Urban.

And then there’s the hula-hoop contests, face painting, balloon twister, T-shirts by Custom Shirt Shop, raffles…the list goes on. Learn more at the South Tacoma Business District Association’s website at