A DIFFERENT KIND OF REFUGE STORY — A HOTROD SHOW


I’ve been doing “outreach” for the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge lately. That means working tables at farmer’s markets, civic clubs, and other events.

Last Saturday I was invited to work the table at the Wapato Showdown, a restored car and hotrod show (my term for it) in Gaston, about 20 miles southwest of Beaverton. The new Wapato Lake National Wildlife Refuge actually surrounds the sports field on two sides where the event takes place.

There were more than 100 restored cars there, mainly “muscle cars” from the ’60 and ’70s. They were beauties and, of course, those were the decades of my youth. So I had to get out and snap a few pictures with my phone. I only had time for a sample.

I put the pictures into a video, and the perfect background music was, of course, the Beach Boy’s “Little Deuce Coupe.” (The Beach Boys played my high school graduation after-party when they were just up-and-coming.) But when I tried to upload to FaceBook the copyright enforcement computer rejected it. So it’s here.

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