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Event Coverage: Griot’s Garage Shinefest Pride & Perfection Car Show

We’re off and running with the Griot’s Garage Shinefest Pride & Perfection Car Show Series. One of the warmest and sunniest days of the year greeted the throngs in attendance at our Tacoma store. We have four more shows planned throughout the summer on June 4, July 2, August 27, and September 3. Here are the results from May 7th.

The show is judged by the entrants in seven of the eight categories with the Best Detailed honors awarded by vote of Griot’s Garage staffers. From what we saw, voters were having a good time walking the show and picking their winners.

The Best Detailed winner in close voting was Al Fameli’s 1976 Chevrolet K5 Blazer. No, it being red was not a factor.

It was the attention to detail, every detail, and the meticulous care it had to take for Al to attain this level of paint perfection that won the day.

Best Import award went to Hank Baumgardner’s pristine 1970 Datsun Fairlady Roadster. The car features a rare 15-gallon gas tank originally offered for racing Datsuns and a number of other hard-to-find parts. Since the people voted, we cannot say if the fact that the old school Datsun was practically Speed Shine blue played a role in its victory… deep down we’d like to think something subliminal was going on here.

Wayne Knutsen hauled home the Best Hot Rod trophy in his period-correct 1930 Ford coupe. The Blue Oval’s yellow-to-white fade and fully flamed paint scheme lit a fire with voters. Wayne says the coupe was “chopped, dropped, and swapped” with a 3 1/2-inch chop on the top, a ’39 Ford front end and a Chevy small-block.

Wayne’s Ford is running a 350 cubic-inch small-block Chevy V8 topped with a triple deuce carb set-up. Wayne says the engine has been signed by Tom Medley who created the famous Stroker McGurk cartoon character in Hot Rod magazine in 1948 and went on to be the publisher of Rod & Custom magazine and an icon in the rodding industry.

Tom Reed entered this 1960 Corvette and went home with the Best Classic award. This is an original paint, matching numbers ‘Vette, and one of only 140 painted Cascade Green in 1960. The car sat for 45 years prior to its recent three-year renovation.

Kevin Merriott’s pristine 1956 Ford F-100 took home Best Truck honors. His Inferno Red Blue Oval sported a 347-inch Edelbrock crate motor, Art Morrison suspension, AOD automatic transmission, and four-wheel disc brakes.

Jim Pirie’s low-mile, highly optioned red-on-red 1964 Pontiac GTO was voted Best Muscle Car. This is a stock, original, matching numbers car with 53,000 miles on the clock that Jim has owned for 10 years.

Among the options is the drool-inducing Tri Power carburetor set-up on the 348-horse, 389-inch V8. The Pontiac also features a console, tach, power brakes, power steering, and the M-20 wide-ratio four-speed manual transmission.

Results May 7th Shinefest

Best Detailed                     Al Fameli
Best Hot Rod                     Wayne Knutsen
Best Import                        Hank Baumgardner
Best Classic                       Tom Reed
Best Truck                          Kevin Merriott
Best Muscle Car                 Jim Pirie
Best Exotic                         Rich Koch
Best Orphan                       Bert Massimi

Each Shinefest show will be judged by the entrants and feature trophies and prizes in eight categories. Your $15 pre-registration or $20 at-the-door entry fee includes a $10 coupon for Griot’s Garage products and a free swag bag. Shows will be limited to 200 cars and you can sign up at the

Check out our gallery of images from Shinefest here.

Have fun in your garage!

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