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Friday, 7 September 2018

Every year we photograph the Slow Drag for the Discover Ilwaco Facebook page.  We posted 360 photos in this year’s Slow Drag album, because everyone who had a vehicle entered would surely be pleased to see a photo of it in the race.  Here I am just sharing our favourites, some with glimpses of the curbside gardens along Howerton Avenue.

Rule one is driver must be 18 or older. Rule 2 is brake lights must be in working order.  This is checked at each heat.

We walked down separately from home.  Allan got to pet a beautiful dog.

Allan’s photos

Allan’s photo

My favourite, Travis driving the Who Bus. He has won twice before, but not this time.

This driver is a friend of Travis and each year he is such a cheerful presence.

santolinas and, oh yes, vehicles

roped off agastaches (Allan’s photo)

We roped off our best garden.

The debut of the Joy Train from Astoria. Love it!

The Glam Tram, also from Astoria, a former mini bus from the Los Angeles Zoo

ready to race (Allan’s photo)

Allan’s photo

bubble machine (Allan’s photo)

petunia basket from Basket Case Greenhouse

Our Jenna, right, the event organizer, and her friend Susan.

The Church Ladies

pink bug, won the prize for most fun entry

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

vehicle with 2 dogs (black one is lying down)

Char, our favourite realtor, was one of the sponsors.

Allan’s photo

One of my annual favourites, little bug with luggage rack and a bubble machine

Glam Tram (Allan’s photo)

Sad to see the Glam Tram go; its battery died. (Allan’s photo)

Church Ladies lining up to race

finish line

Crocosmia, parsley, and santolina in our droughtiest curbside garden (and a vehicle)

lining up behind Gaura ‘Whirling Butterflies’ and santolina

Travis and son

winner of the “So Ugly It’s Cute” award

that bug again

artsy

and Allan’s artsy photo

cute doggies (Allan’s photo)

This lavender sacrificed its shapeliness to the sound equipment. (Allan’s photo)  It did revive.

Salt Hotel ready to drag

our neighbour Jessika rides along

Between heats, the vehicles drive down Waterfront Way (usually pedestrian only).

half a bug

By Time Enough Books

Allan’s photo

The direction of the race was reversed this year, with the result that the vehicles were not traveling slowly down Waterfront Way, because they could now line up two by two on Howerton and they drove much faster down the waterfront to get there.  So it was harder to get my customary photo of a red vehicle and the red Jessie’s building.

as close as I got to my usual photo

Allan managed to get this photo of rust with rust.

Waterfront Way (Allan’s photo)

Awww, the pink bug is out. (Allan’s photo)

Howerton Ave, the race source (Allan’s photo)

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

respectful feet (Allan’s photo)

Allan’s photo

Well, mostly respectful (Allan’s photo)

Allan’s photo

This little red MG was in the race to honor the driver’s father, Chuck, who had died unexpectedly in the November after the 2015 race.  He would have been proud of his family; the MG came in third.

winning an early heat

one of my favourites, and last year’s winner, at the finish line

The finish line is a fire hose filled with sand.

coasting

the classic door flapping method of trying to slow down

Salt Pub driver gets a meal at the finish line.

Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’ seedheads and a silver car

winning another heat

“rat rod” hood decor (Allan’s photo)

A light rain began.

Church Ladies (Allan’s photo)

hoping to get over the hump

checking out the competition

after the rain, here comes the little red MG

rainbow and amazing evening sunshine

Rusty bug is finally out.

Can’t get the rear tires over.

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo; the Who Bus, my favourite, got eliminated.

Allan’s photo

Meanwhile, on the race course:

Gaura ‘Whirling Butterflies’ and lavender (Allan’s photo)

Allan’s photo

And back to the race, which is coming to its final rounds.

one of the final heats (Allan’s photo)

Allan’s photo

Chevy van wins a heat, so big it reflects the entire Salt Hotel. “I LOVE this van,” says the driver.

The agony of defeat…but they got third place.

bravely onward, don’t look back

the final heat

and the van is declared the winner

Second place with their basket of prizes.

Artist Don Nisbett at his t shirt booth, with helpers (Allan’s photo)

Rusty bug got “so ugly its cute” award. (Allan’s photo)

Pink bug got “Most fun”. (Allan’s photo)

Third place

third, second and first (Allan’s photo)

Allan’s photo

Third place winner, in honor of his dad, Chuck Schussman..

Here is his dad’s last Slow Drag in 2015. Chuck is on the left, I believe.

Our Jenna, in sunglasses, and some of her helpers (Allan’s photo)

After the vehicles and crowd left, we took down our plant protecting poles and tape and then admired the sunset at the marina.

sunset over the bogsy woods

 

 

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Friday, 5 September 2014

Slow Drag at the Port of Ilwaco

On the first of our four days off (or mostly off; Allan did some watering), the weather was shockingly hot. I’d say about 90. (A weather check shows it was 89.4 F.) I did a bit of container and greenhouse watering and watering of recently transplanted plants and spent the rest of the day indoors finishing the book Eden on their Minds. Allan did go out to do some watering at Larry and Robert’s garden (five doors down) and at the Ilwaco Post Office.

He found and removed a very sneaky dandelion in the post office garden (next to Helianthus 'Lemon Queen').

He found and removed a very sneaky dandelion in the post office garden (next to Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’).

At Olde Towne Café, he switched compost buckets (and saw our friend Queen La De Da’s caddy parked there, all decorated for Rod Run weekend).

Jenna's Queen Caddy

Jenna’s Queen Caddy

At four thirty, we walked a block down to the port for the Slow Drag. You can see all the photos we took of the event here on Discover Ilwaco; this is the gardener’s perspective.

Gaura lindheimeri 'Whirling Butterflies' and...a car

Gaura lindheimeri ‘Whirling Butterflies’ and…a car

The purpose of Slow Drag is to gun your car at the start line, then cut the gas at a certain point and coast to the finish line with no braking; whoever gets over the rope finish and comes to a halt closest to it wins the heat. I think everyone gets to go around till their third elimination; a dot gets stuck to their windshield each time they lose a heat.

Some of the competitors go to the extra effort of dressing up or making their car fit some sort of theme. There was not as much of that this year as in previous years.

We can count on the "church ladies" to make an appearance.

We can count on the “church ladies” to make an appearance.

Our friend and garden client (and favourite realtor) Cheri was walking her two boxers, Porsche and Beemer.  She took them back to her Ilwaco home as it was too hot for them!

Our friend and garden client (and favourite realtor) Cheri was walking her two boxers, Porsche and Beemer. She took them back to her Ilwaco home as it was too hot for them!

I smiled to see the WHO-BUS (as Robert and I had a VW van and I love them).  It had won the past two years in a row.

I smiled to see the WHO-BUS (as Robert and I had a VW van and I love them). It had won the past two years in a row.

Travis Matney, the WHO-BUS driver.  I really, really, really wanted him to win for the third time.

Travis Matney, the WHO-BUS driver. I really, really, really wanted him to win for the third time.

Travis joked that he was under a lot of pressure because the official t shirt art by Don Nisbett shows the WHO-BUS.

I do like an old truck even though the beds tend to be small and impractical.

I do like an old truck even though the beds tend to be small and impractical.

Between heats, which run down Howerton Way, the vehicles parade along Waterfront Way with boats and sparkling water in the background.

Between heats, which run down Howerton Way, the vehicles parade along Waterfront Way with boats and sparkling water in the background.

The Astoria Clowns vehicle is actually built backwards so it is driven from inside the rear window.

The Astoria Clowns vehicle is actually built backwards so it is driven from inside the rear window.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

putting water in the tank of an old school bus.

Putting water in the radiator of an old school bus. It was darned hot, and hard on some of the old vehicles.

Their driver was a bit young for a license.

Their driver must have recently acquired his license.

Allan's photo of an exceptionally cute dog.

Allan’s photo of an exceptionally cute dog.

Allan went up on the Port Office deck for an overview.

Allan went up on the Port Office deck for an overview.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Alan's photo looking north

Alan’s photo looking north

Allan's photo of another exceptionally cute dog.

Allan’s photo of another exceptionally cute dog.

Allan's photo of more cute dogs

Allan’s photo of more cute dogs

Windows of port buildings offer some fun photo opportunities.

Windows of port buildings offer some fun photo opportunities.

a car framed in the condor statue

a car framed in the condor statue

clover and sedum growing on the condor rock

clover and sedum growing on the condor rock

car

a car framed in the Shorebank landscape.

a car framed in the Shorebank landscape.

Some people push their vehicles down Waterfront Way to save on gas and prevent overheating, as there is a lot of idling and waiting.

Some people push their vehicles down Waterfront Way to save on gas and prevent overheating, as there is a lot of idling and waiting.

My white cosmos in the port office garden port office garden and a white car.

My white cosmos in the port office garden port office garden and a white car.

Time Enough Books owners   Peter and Karla, with ice cream.

Time Enough Books owners Peter and Karla, with ice cream.

Allan's photo of me, Peter, and Karla

Allan’s photo of me, Peter, and Karla

Jenna did not run her Queen La De Da caddy in the race this year; she did park it, as did some other fancy car owners, for all to admire.

Jenna did not run her Queen La De Da caddy in the race this year; she did park it, as did some other fancy car owners, for all to admire.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo; I so much wanted to get this purple car with the petunias but lacked the patience to wait for it to come around again.

Allan’s photo; I so much wanted to get this purple car with the petunias but lacked the patience to wait for it to come around again.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

another fun window reflection

another fun window reflection

By the way, there is a great opportunity at the port for someone who wants to buy the old, vacant Harbor Lights Motel with its restaurant and second floor view lounge and make it into a nice place.

Here's the info; go for it.

Here’s the info; go for it.

more pushing

more pushing

Where the vehicles turn the corner to get to the Howerton Way race course, I like to get a photo of a red car against Jessie’s. I got a couple of boxy cars; Allan got something sleeker.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

On Howerton Way, my favourite lines up for a heat.

On Howerton Way, my favourite lines up for a heat.

another heat begins

another heat begins

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

I am probably the only spectator who thinks Gaura 'Whirling Butterflies' steals the show.

I am probably the only spectator who thinks Gaura ‘Whirling Butterflies’ steals the show.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

on the other side of the hotel for sale, a xeriscape installed a few years back by Peninsula Landscape Supply

on the other side of the hotel for sale, a xeriscape installed a few years back by Peninsula Landscape Supply. (I’d like to get around to throwing a thin layer of pea gravel on this as the underwear, landscape fabric, shows here and there.)

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Allan’s photo of orange echoing orange is one of my favourites.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo; people stand up, hold umbrellas, wiggle the vehicle back and forth, anything to slow down just the right amount without braking

Allan’s photo; people stand up, hold umbrellas, wiggle the vehicle back and forth, anything to slow down just the right amount without braking.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo; Lhe church ladies added to their attire for the race heat.

Allan’s photo; The church ladies added to their attire for the race heat.

Allan's photo, a close heat at the finish line

Allan’s photo, a close heat at the finish line

On the Howerton side of Time Enough Books, it interests me that the Ceanothus is lightly blooming again.

On the Howerton side of Time Enough Books, it interests me that the Ceanothus is lightly blooming again.

Although for the most part, I saw respect for the gardens, for some reason people had put their chairs all over the garden at the Powell Gallery. Oh, I now realize this was because it was the finish line.

painful to see

painful to see

In the past, Randy Powell has roped this garden bed off. Since we took it over, with the port paying us instead of him paying us, he didn’t. I said to him I was surprised the garden was not being treated with more respect and he just said “That’s why I’m glad I don’t have it anymore.”

Randy was one of the finish line judges.

Randy was one of the finish line officials.

ouch

ouch

In all honesty, it won’t do any lasting damage; it is just the principle of the thing for me as the gardener, I suppose.

ouch

I’m glad I did not cut back the spent Eryngiums, as at least the spiny seedheads are protecting the crowns!

Allan's photo; Of course, he noticed, too.

Allan’s photo; Of course, he noticed, too.

These folks were standing right on top of plants in another pocket garden (one of my favourites).  I did say to them that it was causing me pain.  They moved, saying they were seeking shade.  Maybe for the dog!  There was plenty of shade next to buildings.

These folks were standing right on top of plants in another pocket garden (one of my favourites). I did say to them that it was causing me pain. They moved, saying they were seeking shade. Maybe for the dog! There was plenty of shade next to buildings.

I have no words.

I have no words.

Allan's photo; there are tender little bulbs under there.

Allan’s photo; there are tender little bulbs under there.

You may recall that Thursday evening, I painstakingly weeded all these gardens from the west to the east end of Howerton Way.

Through a blur of tears.  (Not really!)

Through a blur of tears. (Not really!) Face obscured for identity protection.

Yes, it is definitely the principle of the thing, and also the knowledge that if I had more plants in this area, they would probably still have chairs plunked on them. Oddly, though, this is the very first year of my five years of attending the slow drag that I have seen the gardens sat upon like this. Perhaps it was due to the heat.

a rather special Eryngium in that garden, not one that I can buy locally.

a rather special Eryngium in that garden, not one that I can buy locally. It will recover. I think.

To add to my malaise…the WHO-BUS was eliminated.

My favourite bites the dust.

My favourite bites the dust.

the moment of victory

the moment of victory

winner

But another VW was the winner (and Bryan and I used to have a VW bug).

Another VW was the winner (and Bryan and I used to have a VW bug). The driver is holding his little dog.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo, lots of swag for the winner

Allan’s photo, lots of swag for the winner

the winner with Port personnel

the winner with Port personnel

left to right, Artist Don Nisbett, a port guy whose name I should now, the first place winner, Nancy of the Port office, her spouse Alan, someone else I should know, and Queen La De Da.

The winner's joy and exuberance brought me back to a happy state.

The winner’s joy and exuberance brought me back to a happy state.

As did this cute little dog who rode in the winning car.

As did this cute little dog who rode in the winning car.

A painting by our garden client Eric Wiegardt was one of the first place prizes.

A painting by our garden client Eric Wiegardt was one of the first place prizes.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Another VW driver was also ecstatic...

Another VW driver was also ecstatic…

because he won the Sponsors Choice cup.

because he won the Sponsors Choice cup.

second place winners

second place winners

Allan's photo; The third prize winner had come all the way from central Oregon, and had had battery problems partway through the race.

Allan’s photo; The third prize winner had come all the way from central Oregon, and had had battery problems partway through the race.

He was happy and relieved when his car started up after Allan took this photo.

He was happy and relieved when his car started up after Allan took this photo.

We came home through the back gate, almost stumbling over a deer who was hanging out in Nora’s yard.

This was after it moved a few feet.

This was after it moved a few feet.

While I am still not much into cars, I always find Slow Drag to be an amusing event. Next year, though, I am going to have more ornamental grasses in that garden by the Powell Gallery.

 

 

 

 

 

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