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Classic cars to grace Perry Avenue Mall Saturday

A sweet collection of classics and street rods is pulling into town today.

“You shouldn’t miss it. Bremerton’s never seen anything like some of these cars,” said Tony Perry, founder of Dreams on Wheels, a car club which is co-sponsporing the show.

JJ’s Diner and the Perry Avenue Mall are hosting the car show from 10:30- 5 p.m. Saturday, June 15.

“More than 400 cars will be showing up. We’ve got the Army coming. They have a 40-foot two-sided climbing wall, for the kids and a Hummvee,” Perry said.

There will be eight featured cars in the show, including a ’39 Plymouth 2-door sedan, a ’39 Chevy town car which uses a card instead of a key to start, and a ’23 Ford Tall T. The cars are in immaculate condition, and most are worth six figures.

“This one was in a robbery. You can see the bullet holes,” said Perry of a ’39 Ford.

Entry is free, but a donation of a toy or a canned good is requested.

“The toys go to the department of family services, and the food to St. Vincent’s, so it’s for a good cause,” Perry said.

On June 9, the Dreams on Wheels crew sat in JJ’s Diner eating breakfast and going over last-minute details for the show.

Member Fred Sorger, who drives a ’59 Chevy Impala, defined the group as “A loose organization of people who love their cars and are willing to go to functions.”

“We do everything, charity events, parades. This group is basically about getting on the phone and telling guys about a show,” said Rich Schooly, owner of a ’47 Plymouth Coup.

Dreams on Wheels has been in existence for more than two years, and in that time the number of entries in area car shows has skyrocketed, Perry said.

Club treasurer Mark Davis spoke about the origin of this show from inside his ‘56 Cadillac.

“We were set up at the Blackberry Festival last year and Joe Mentor saw us. He helped put this together,” Davis said.

Mentor, the owner of the Perry Avenue Mall, told JJ’s owners Judy and Jeff Eagleson about Dreams on Wheels and the Eaglesons hatched a plan to showcase their diner and sponsor the event.

“We thought that the classic cars would fit perfectly with our ‘50s diner,” Judy Eagleson said.

The car club has been adopted by the restaurant which allows the car owners space for a trophy room.

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