Tony Reed
Del Norte Triplicate

The roar of open headers and squealing tires echoed over Crescent City last weekend, starting with the Show and Shine that filled 3rd Street with hundreds of classic, vintage, antique and specialty cars for the annual Sea Cruise spectacular.

Police were busy Friday night cordoning off downtown streets and lining up cars so that participants could take a cruise.

Walking around the show Saturday, one could overhear conversations that consisted mostly of numbers like 440, 454, 460, 727, 273, 283, and 302. Owners were on hand to explain what went into building cars, what they modified and how much they spent.

Entertainment for the event was provided by Back in Time, a retro hits singing trio from the Coos County area.


Awards were announced by Del Norte County Supervisor Roger Gitlin and handed out by Northern Knights Car Club President Tony Martell. The 33 entries were divided into about 50 categories, with some owners taking home multiple prizes.

Bert Steele seemed a bit surprised his 1968 SS Camaro took the Best in Show prize at this year’s Sea Cruise. The 396-powered muscle car was one of the cleanest machines in the show, with hardly a fingerprint or smudge anywhere on the chrome or glass. Underhood mirrors and halo headlights gave the classic car a modern custom touch.

The brilliant red Camaro will be featured on all Sea Cruise promotional materials, posters and T-shirts next year.

Bill and Linda Seal came all the way from Covina, 751 miles to show their car, winning an award for the farthest distance traveled. The award fro best paint went to Marilyn Miller of Grants Pass with her 1930 Ford Sedan Delivery.

The Crescent City/Del Norte County Chamber of Commerce’s pick of the year went to Mike and Elisa Devee’s 1969 Dodge Coronet R/T and the Northern Knights Car Club pick went to Bill and Sue Wilson of Springfield, Oregon, with their 1939 Chevy Coupe.

Other awards were divided into about 50 categories and took some time to read.

“Overall, it went really well,” said Martell. “We had 333 cars enter this year.”

Last year’s Sea Cruise, one of the major annual events in Crescent City, hosted 300 cars.