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Rain and shine at second teen auto show

Jake Smith & Falcon

Woodinville High sophomore Jake Smith won Best of Show and Best Car for his restored 1961 Ford Falcon Futura

Neal Elsemore & Chevelle

Neal Elsemore, a sophomore from Inglemoor High School, poses proudly with the 1996 Teen Northshore Auto Show People's Choice winner: "his" 1966 Chevelle.
Photos by Jeff Switzer/Woodinville Weekly.

2nd TN auto show by Jeff Switzer
Low riders, beefed-up stereos, restored classic cars, and the faithful beater car are all par for the course in any given high school parking lot. But not usually on a Saturday.
   In spite of lightning and thunder that topped "best stereo," about 30 area teens competed at the second annual Teen Northshore Auto Show, held this year in the parking lot at Bothell High School.
   "It was fairly laid back. There were no clubs and it was age limited," said Stacy Kinnunen, a 1995 Mountlake Terrace graduate who took three awards home for her 1989 Toyota truck, including Best Custom, Best Appearance, and 2nd Best in Class.
   Best of Show and Best Car went to Woodinville High sophomore Jake Smith for his restored 1961 Ford Falcon Futura. Smith and his father, Terry, had decked out the Falcon in original Rangoon Red and restored it from the ground up in 18 months.
   "This is a real neat deal," said Terry Smith. "It's nice for these kids who have put a lot of work into these cars." Jake had spent his entire summer last year working on restoring the car, Terry Smith said. Jake was pretty happy with the awards and the $150 for all his work.
   Inglemoor High sophomore Neal Elsemore received the People's Choice award for his cherry 1966 Chevelle, raking in a hefty $75. Elsemore said his dad, David, helped him out a lot on fixing the car up because it was his dad's dream car.
   "My friends talked me into entering for best beater," said Brian O'Neill, a senior at Woodinville High School who, in fact, won 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prize Best Beater for his 1963 Chevy truck. With gas mileage at 8-10 mpg, O'Neill says without hesitation that the winnings will be going for gas.
   "These kids were real troopers," said event coordinator Catherine Howard. "They stayed through all of the weather and there was a lot of car talk among the kids from the different schools."