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Event Coverage: Shinefest Pride & Perfection Car Show

Thanks to our third Griot’s Garage Shinefest car show, the Fourth of July weekend got off to a great start. The July 2nd show was the middle of the season and cars in attendance continued to impress. We have two more shows on the docket; August 27 and September 3. Here are the results from last Sunday.

The Griot’s Garage Shinefest Pride & Perfection Car Show Series is free to spectators and open to the public. The show is judged by the entrants in all but one category with the Best Detailed honors awarded by vote of Griot’s Garage staffers.

The award for Best Truck was won by Kevin Merriott and his 1956 Ford. This Blue Oval had the goods inside and out with a tastefully dressed 347-inch stroker V8 and comfortable tweed-wrapped cabin.

Best Import honors went to Henry Revelez and his vintage ragtop Volkswagen Bug. Voters appreciated the period-correct details on the Bug, including a window-mounted air conditioner, pristine interior, and some authentic German beer steins positioned in the front trunk.

As voted on by Griot’s Garage staff, the Best Detailed trophy was awarded to Russ Karns for his 1951 Chevrolet pickup. We got dizzy looking for swirl marks on Russ’ Sunburst Orange Bow Tie.

University Place’s Wes Konsmo scored the Best Muscle Car award with his 1969 Dodge Super Bee. The Mopar runs a 383-inch Magnum V8 backed by a four-speed manual transmission. The eye-catching Light Bronze Metallic paint was laid by Expert Body & Paint in Port Orchard.

Doug Rody won the Best Tuner trophy for his wicked Honda S2000. The car features Subaru Java Black paint that has a green sheen to it in direct sunlight. The drop-top’s F20C engine was dressed to the nines and the car was fitted with an aggressive body kit, APR wing, Status Racing bucket seats, and a roll bar.

Duane Olson’s 1934 Plymouth is a home-built masterpiece, and the winner of the Best Hot Rod class. Duane built everything from the frame to the gas tank to the suicide doors to the custom consoles in the cabin of this pristine Plymouth. He also fitted it with a modern 6.2-liter Hemi SRT V8.

Dave Schneider took home the win in the Best Exotic category with his 2003 Lamborghini Murcielago.

Best Modern Muscle Car accolades went to Jim Stewart and his Shelby GT500 KR.

Keith Shoemaker won the day, nabbing the Best Classic award for his 1936 Chevrolet Master Deluxe.

The Best Orphan award went to Jeff Bryant and his AMX. Oddly, the voting in this category came down to two AMXs.

Check out more photos on our flickr.

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