SLIDESHOW | Record number of cars at Mustangs on the Waterfront

For most of Sunday, heavy clouds hung around the Kitsap Peninsula.

Despite that, a record number of old and new Ford Mustangs rolled onto the Port Orchard waterfront for the 25th annual Mustangs on the Waterfront, sponsored by the Kitsap Mustang Club.

Susan Stadshaug, event co-chair, said 221 Mustangs participated in the July 28 event. The final car rolled into the event before 3 p.m.

“This was the club’s 25th silver anniversary car show and our club members were great hosts,” Stadshaug said. “Our guests and their cars were awesome.”

A turquoise 1965 Mustang coupe with a white vinyl — entered in the stock class division — won Best of Show in the 1964½-1978 Division,

In the 1979 to Present Division, a 2012 Boss limited edition Laguna Seca, black with red strips and accents, was selected Best of Show.

The car show participants selected the winners for the Best of Show awards.

The Mayor’s Choice Award went to a pristine 1968 California Special that has more than 450,000 miles and from the Pierce County Mustang Club.

Overall, first, second and third-place trophies were awarded in 36 categories. All the trophies display a picture of the recipients car that’s was photographed when they arrived at the show.

The Pierce County Mustang Club took home the Club Participation Award for the second consecutive year. They had 22 club cars in attendance.

The second annual “Tony Award” — in remembrance of Washington State Trooper Tony Radulescu — went to a late model California Special chosen by his fiancé Gina Miller.

The Long Distance Award was presented to a couple traveling more than 380 miles from Idaho.

The day before the show, 16 cars participated in a Poker Run from Port Orchard to Hoodsport, said Ervin Malkowski, event co-chair. Al’s Automotive sponsored several awards selecting modified cars — a Cobra hardtop and a 1970 convertible.

Malkowski said he estimated about 3,000 people attended this year’s show.

Next year is the 50th year of the Mustang, which debuted in April 1964, and the show is set for July 27.

“We’ll be celebrating gold,” Stadshaug said.

The show has been in the waterfront since 1992 and has grown from 74 to more than 200 cars.


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