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Slow Drag crowns new champ

Scott Perry takes first place in Slow Drag competition

By Luke Whittaker

lwhittaker@crbizjournal.com

Published on September 13, 2018 2:50PM

Everett resident Scott Perry took first place in the Slow Drag competition in his 1992 Chevy van. “It feels good,” said Perry who plans to compete again next year.

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Everett resident Scott Perry took first place in the Slow Drag competition in his 1992 Chevy van. “It feels good,” said Perry who plans to compete again next year.

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Two classic cars coast toward the finish line Friday, Sept. 7, during the Slow Drag competition at the Port of Ilwaco.

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Two classic cars coast toward the finish line Friday, Sept. 7, during the Slow Drag competition at the Port of Ilwaco.

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Spectators watched as LaDonna Cary and Nikki Hartley-Jonason crossed the line Friday evening. Cary and Hartley-Jonason won the heat and finished in seventh place.

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Spectators watched as LaDonna Cary and Nikki Hartley-Jonason crossed the line Friday evening. Cary and Hartley-Jonason won the heat and finished in seventh place.

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About 1,500 spectators packed the Port of Ilwaco for the Slow drag competition Friday, Sept. 7.

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About 1,500 spectators packed the Port of Ilwaco for the Slow drag competition Friday, Sept. 7.

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Patriotism was on display during the Slow Drag competition Friday, Sept. 7, at the Port of Ilwaco.

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Patriotism was on display during the Slow Drag competition Friday, Sept. 7, at the Port of Ilwaco.

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Spectators watched several close finishes during the Slow Drag competition Friday, Sept. 7, at the Port of Ilwaco.

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Spectators watched several close finishes during the Slow Drag competition Friday, Sept. 7, at the Port of Ilwaco.

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LaDonna Cary and Nikki Hartley-Jonason — also known as the ‘Pink Ladies’ — celebrated a successful run Friday, Sept. 7, during the Slow Drag competition at the Port of Ilwaco.

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LaDonna Cary and Nikki Hartley-Jonason — also known as the ‘Pink Ladies’ — celebrated a successful run Friday, Sept. 7, during the Slow Drag competition at the Port of Ilwaco.

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Left to right: Allison Baker, 14, Marissa Baker, 18, and Ryan Slater, 18, paused for a photo during the Slow Drag competition Friday, Sept. 7 in Ilwaco.

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Left to right: Allison Baker, 14, Marissa Baker, 18, and Ryan Slater, 18, paused for a photo during the Slow Drag competition Friday, Sept. 7 in Ilwaco.

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A rainbow appeared after a brief rain during the Slow Drag competition at the Port of Ilwaco.

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A rainbow appeared after a brief rain during the Slow Drag competition at the Port of Ilwaco.

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After a sunny start, a brief rain shower caught spectators by surprise during the Slow Drag competition at the Port of Ilwaco. Pictured, left to right, Patrick Buckley with Marci Buckley, Laila Brown holding Felix Brown, Eva Devino, Maximus Orr and Flynn Orr.

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After a sunny start, a brief rain shower caught spectators by surprise during the Slow Drag competition at the Port of Ilwaco. Pictured, left to right, Patrick Buckley with Marci Buckley, Laila Brown holding Felix Brown, Eva Devino, Maximus Orr and Flynn Orr.

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D’Anna Miller, left, and Patti Sten finished second in the Slow Drag competition, saying it was a team effort. “She was my co-pilot,” Miller said. “I couldn’t have done it without her.”

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D’Anna Miller, left, and Patti Sten finished second in the Slow Drag competition, saying it was a team effort. “She was my co-pilot,” Miller said. “I couldn’t have done it without her.”

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Instructions — including where to stop —were demonstrated before the Slow Drag began.

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Instructions — including where to stop —were demonstrated before the Slow Drag began.

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Spectators in lawn chairs lined Howerton Avenue during the Slow Drag competition Friday, Sept. 7, at the Port of Ilwaco.

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Spectators in lawn chairs lined Howerton Avenue during the Slow Drag competition Friday, Sept. 7, at the Port of Ilwaco.

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Classic cars of all makes and models were on display during the Slow Drag competition Friday, Sept. 7, at the Port of Ilwaco.

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Classic cars of all makes and models were on display during the Slow Drag competition Friday, Sept. 7, at the Port of Ilwaco.

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A classic car approached the finish line during the Slow Drag competition at the Port of Ilwaco.

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A classic car approached the finish line during the Slow Drag competition at the Port of Ilwaco.

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Ilwaco — Lawn chairs lined Howerton Avenue in Ilwaco on Friday evening as friends, family and car enthusiasts from across the Pacific Northwest gathered to kick off Rod Run weekend with the classic Slow Drag competion.

Sunny skies at the start of the event gave way to showers, scattering some of the estimated 1,500 spectators, but the majority stayed to see who would win.

Everett resident Scott Perry, driving a 1992 Chevy van, took first place. Perry said adjusting to changing weather conditions was crucial.

“The wind was blowing in my face and I stopped short a couple times,” he said.

“I got it up a couple more miles-per-hour and just coasted on down there.”

As the first-place winner, Perry’s van will be featured in the design of the logo for the event next year.





























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