Rev your engines: the Engels Car Show returns on Sunday

Rev your engines: the Engels Car Show returns on Sunday

For Paul Engels, who works at the iconic gas station just south of Portage that has been in his family since 1951, the annual celebration of fossil fuel adornment is steeped in a turbocharged tradition.

Islanders can admire hot rods, roadsters, seaplanes, tractors and even a few vintage supercars, when Engels Repair and Towing hosts its annual car show, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, August 21, at 22725 Dockton Rd. SW.

For Paul Engels, who works at the iconic gas station just south of Portage that has been in his family since 1951, the annual celebration of fossil-fuel adornment is a labor of love and steeped in turbocharged tradition.

Engels has lost track of how many years the show has been going on, but it’s been happening for at least two decades, he said, only taking a pandemic break in 2020.

The car show is non-competitive and free and has always attracted the participation of a wide range of car collectors on the island and beyond. Buckets of rust can sit alongside meticulously detailed classics, giving the show an ecumenical feel that many other shows in the region lack.

In recent years the show has exploded in size, with cars lining the Engels property to Kingsbury Road. Still, Engels said, the majority of participants come from Vashon, bringing out cars that have been safely hidden away in barns and garages for most of the year.

All of the traditional elements of the event will return this year, Engels said, including volunteer help from Vashon High School football players, who will once again be on hand to cook hot dogs and burgers for the crowd. . Also offered this year are street tacos served by La Isla Mexican Food.

Islander Brett Bacchus, Engels said, is putting together a re-enacted version of the Doily Brothers Band, a legendary island rock band from the 1970s and 80s that will play multiple sets during the day. Players will include Bacchus, Gary Toto, Scotty Johnson, Loren Sinner – and hopefully added Engels, original Doily Brothers member Jimmy Spakowsky.

What does Engels expect this year? He said he hoped islander Carl Olsen would bring his top-of-the-line supercar, a 2018 McLaren.

But he’s also thrilled to see choice Chevy and Dodge pickup trucks from the late 1950s, as well as Paul Norton’s 1964 Corvette Grand Sport or his 1968 Camaro Super Sport.

He also said his father, Lou Engels, will show off a 1934 van he rebuilt in 1954 – a group project he took on with some intrepid island friends.

Engels said he enjoys presenting the show every year.

“It’s about seeing the shine, the chrome and the colors,” he said. “People are looking forward to it, and when it’s all over, you breathe a big sigh of relief.”

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