Beach Barons ready for 26th Rod Run

Cheering the passing cars is a key part of the Rod Run experience.<BR><I>KEVIN HEIMBIGNER photo</i>

September is synonymous with Rod Run and the 2009 edition promises to be better than ever as about 1,000 vintage automobiles will again congregate at Wilson Field east of Ocean Park for the car show the Beach Barons started more than two decades ago.

Registration begins Friday, Sept. 11, and continues Saturday morning for cars 1973 or earlier. Gates open at 8 a.m. Sept. 12 for the general public to view the show and shine. The Beach Barons will again be selling food and Rod Run T-shirts, sweatshirts and hats to the sounds of DJ music from the 50s and 60s.

Trophy judging concludes at 4 p.m. Saturday.

Parking for the two-day event is available for $5 each day at "U" Street, one block south of Okie's Sentry Market. Sept. 13 a breakfast and seafood picnic for show participants only will be held by the Beach Barons. Gates open at 8 a.m. Sunday and a treasure hunt will go from 9 a.m. until noon. Music will include songs from the 70s.

Saturday afternoon and evening the unofficial "drag" of the Peninsula begins at Ocean Park and traditionally proceeds south on Pacific Highway to Ilwaco. People would be well-advised to plan their personal driving needs around sharing the road with the vintage vehicles Saturday afternoon and evening.

The club's excellent Web site, www.beachbarons.com, contains information about lodging, ways to contact the Beach Barons, the complete show schedule of events, other Northwest car clubs, and much more.

Call 360-665-3565 for additional updated information.

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