Shortly after getting home from Florida was the Auto Boat Speed Show here in Spokane. It’s not a huge show, and almost all classic and muscle cars, but to me it means that spring is here and progressing and that car things are FINALLY starting to happen again.
Lucky for me, there were a few cars there for me to oogle and get excited over. I also had a car of my own to show — a little Porsche 911 slant nose Turbo model that I put together just for the show! I had to rush to finish it in the two days before the show, but it was worth it to see it on the table in competition, even if it’s not the greatest. (It was my first finished model car, though! So I’m very proud. I’m already working on my next model.)
My finished model! This was taken before the final decals were applied though.
The first thing I tend to do with this sort of thing is walk around, see what there is to see and then decide what I want to take photos of. As much as I like my old classic American cars, they don’t make for interesting photos to me…. They all start to look the same, especially at shows like this where everyone does the same sort of things. So I just pick out my favorites and/or the most unusual to showcase.
First up, I was excited to find something right up my alley — A Ferrari 550 Maranello. Not only the one that I want to buy someday, but in the color I want, too!
The lighting was awful for photos... So I had to resort to having some iPhone photos for the show.
iPhone photo, from the back.
LOVE gated shifters. So classy.
Then there was this really nice 1988 BMW e30 M3. This car had quite the collection of trophies, plus a fully rebuilt engine plus a crazy restoration — the car looked practically brand new!
You can see part of this car's trophy collection in the lower lefthand corner of the photo.
Aside from the 550 Maranello, my favorite cars there weren’t actually part of the show, but they were beautiful. They were all Porsche 911 GT3 race cars, of course. Two Cup Cars (Rolex 24 at Daytona competitors, this year!) and one heavily modified GT3.
This is the modified GT3, the other two are the Cup Cars.
The body shop also had two boards on display, one with one of the Cup Cars having work done and the other showing a new project they’re working on, a Cayman R race car.
The GT3 Cup Car board.
The board for the Cayman R project.
Then there’s the old classic cars I did want to share. Such as this 1967 Shelby GT500 Mustang, which had an insane set up for the show.
The blue on this 1966 Chevelle SS was perfect!
And while this ‘Cuda wasn’t hiding a Hemi, it was still absolutely gorgeous to me.
This 1970 Pontiac GTO Judge was impressive to see, a complete numbers matching car.
Lastly, I love seeing Factory Five Cobras. I always have to snap pictures of them when I see them!
For my random photo, one of the setups included gumball machines with Ford gumballs.
Overall, it was a nice show and it was great to see my little model on the table! I’m hoping to build more and maybe show in another event sometime, after all, I came home with this certificate!
Not much, but it was great to have. I can’t wait for more car shows this summer! (And more other car stuff, period!)