Classic Cars have a certain allure. They evoke memories of an era when form took precedence over function. They transcend time. Their nostalgia is both an art and a way to gather in appreciation of these American icons.

Baby Boy All Steel, a 1939 Chevy truck drives, handles and runs like a dream. It has PS, PB, front disc, 3” single exhaust and cross over making this truck’s exhaust rumble. Photo courtesy: Don Lorette.

Don Lorette has been a real estate broker with Windermere Centralia since 2013. He loves helping people find their perfect home, specifically in the Mossyrock and Lake Mayfield areas. He and his wife Victoria live in Mossyrock, themselves, and are major car and motorcycle enthusiasts.

The couple loves participating in car shows, locally and around the state. “It makes you think of good times in the past,” says Victoria. “Old cars bring smiles in a world that is discombobulated.”

There are increasing numbers of women joining the sport, as Victoria likes to call it. “There are an awful lot of women who own classic cars and go to car shows,” she says. “They’re a hoot. We like to support our partners.”

According to Don, car culture in Washington has exploded. “It’s an investment that holds value,” he says. But unlike some investments, this one is fun.

The 1939 Chevy Coupe named Baby Girl All Steel has a powder coated frame with four corner adjustable Q1 coil over shocks, disc brakes on all four wheels and a triangular 4-link rear suspension with a Mustang 2 front end, PB/PS A/C and 2.5 in the exhaust with Sanderson headers. Photo courtesy: Don Lorette.

Don and Victoria own two classic cars. The couple adopted their 1939 Chevrolet Truck “Baby Boy All Steel” in 2017. Originally rebuilt in New York in 2004, the truck sits on a 1989 S10 frame with a Camaro 305 SB, 200R4 trans with TBI. The frame and suspension were completely restored – just like new.

Don and Victoria also own another 1939 Chevy. The Coupe – named “Baby Girl All Steel” – has been an ongoing project for the last two years. She’s a full-frame-off Resto-Mod. The Coupe has a freshly rebuilt 5.3 LS with a 4l60E and a few extra goodies. When complete, her body will include 1946 Chevy truck headlights and a few other body modifications.

Cars have been part of Don and Victoria’s relationship from the beginning. “Don was a gearhead when I met him and he still is,” says Victoria. “We’re just a couple of old coots having fun together.”

Cars aren’t the only vehicles they enjoy. They love anything with speed including motorcycles, boats and sand rails.

Rednecks can show off their vehicles (even covered in mud) to win trophies and prizes while raising money for a good cause at the Napavine Redneck Car Show. This year money raised will go to The Cat’s Meow. Photo courtesy: Team Laugh Out Loud.

Local car culture is clearly popular, with many car clubs and shows.

The eighteenth annual Toledo Lions Club Cheese Days Car and Motorcycle Show will take place on July 14, starting at 7:00 a.m. with awards given at 3:00 p.m. Cars and motorcycles of nearly every make and decade will be on display at the Toledo Middle School field. There’s a $20 entry fee for participating vehicles.

For something a little different, check out the Napavine Redneck Car Show on July 29 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The idea for this event was sparked in 2008 when the Laugh Out Loud Relay for Life team wanted to do something unique, catering to kids. With jacked-up trucks covered in mud, this show is fun for the whole family. It features music, vendors, kids’ activities and a silent auction.

The Mossyrock Road Rebels Car Club sponsors the Mossyrock Blueberry Festival Collectible Car Show on August 4. The show will be held at the Mossyrock School grounds and will feature fun games, dash plaques and awards. Many participants also join the parade. Proceeds from the car show go to scholarships for Mossyrock seniors and local food banks.

The Hub City Car Show in historic downtown Centralia is fun-filled for the whole family. With a car giveaway, raffles, kid’s zone with Bounce Houses and a BBQ, this event promises to be a great time for all. Photo courtesy: Centralia-Chehalis Chamber of Commerce.

The Road Rebels were originally started in 1959 by a state trooper as a means to occupy teens. Today it has clearly grown into much more.

The Hub City Car Show will take place on Saturday, August 25 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This event is sponsored by the Lewis County Quarter Milers and The Centralia-Chehalis Chamber of Commerce. Historic Downtown Centralia is the perfect backdrop for this classic car show. Enjoy music, food, a beer garden and a wide array of vendors.

The Centralia Chehalis Vintage Auto Club started in 1962. Their mission: to share the love and preserve antique automobiles. The club will host the 53rd Annual Harvest Swap Meet on September 21 and 22 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Located at the Southwest Washington Fairgrounds, admission is $5. Kids under 12 are free. This event is perfect for those who appreciate older items. It features autos, parts for sale, antiques and more.

Don and Victoria Lorette love their classic cars. Photo courtesy: Don Lorette.

There’s something about classic cars that makes it easy to imagine the open road – that feeling of freedom. Everything about them is cool; the sight of glossy bright paint and shining chrome, the rumble of a beefed-up engine and the feel of the wheel vibrating with power in your hands. Classic car culture is all about hard work and nostalgia. Experience all this and more with Lewis County’s classic car clubs and shows.

Don Lorette
411 W. Main St.


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