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September 6, 2013

The Slow Drag takes place every September at the Port of Ilwaco as part of a big annual event called Rod Run to the End of the World.  It’s an event I avoid…except for the Slow Drag which (if you don’t think too much about the consumption of petrol) is just a block from my house and is quite cute and often very funny.

The rules:

  1. Must have driver’s license & proof of insurance.
  2. No tire spinning or excess engine revving.
  3. Brake lights must be in working order.
  4. Both cars leave the start at the same time.
  5. Not to exceed 20 mph.
  6. Put vehicle in neutral immediately upon crossing the “coast line” and keep it in neutral until vehicle comes to a stop.
  7. Use of any brake prohibited.
  8. Driver’s hands must stay at 10 & 2 position. Passenger’s hands remain visible.
  9. Driver and passenger must remain in vehicle with nothing dragging.
  10. Must stay in own lane.
  11. Winner is vehicle closest to and with all wheels across finish line.

While this has very little do with gardening, it does have some bearing on our work, as you will see.  We spent the week preparing the Ilwaco gardens to look perfect for the event and of course the gardens were not what most people looked at.  We like to think that even in the back of the most avid car buff’s mind, the gardens added a certain ambience.  Allan and I both took lots of photos for the Discover Ilwaco Facebook page.

Without further explanation or excuses about WHY they are here, I hope some of you will enjoy some photos of the Slow Drag.

The cars line up at the west end of Howerton…

starting line

starting line

driver's view

driver’s view (Allan’s clever photo; most starting line photos are his)

starting line with our good friend Jenna (Queen La De Da) in the Caddy

starting line with our good friend Jenna (Queen La De Da) in the Caddy
Jenna is clearly having a great time!

Jenna is clearly having a great time!

One team of four always dresses as “The Church Ladies”.

church ladies

ladies

For reasons I don’t quite understand, this year they called themselves “The Church Ladies Go ZZ Top” and added long beards for the run to the finish line.

ladies

ladies

The Church Ladies and their new idea

zz

a 56 Chevy at the starting line

a 56 Chevy at the starting line about to race the Church Ladies

the starting flag

the starting flag

at the starting line

at the starting line

They start fast, then slow down and try to coast to a perfect finish.

A wide assortment of vehicles compete.

A wide assortment of vehicles compete.

Queen La De Da again racing against our friend Kelly's son, Bill.

Queen La De Da again racing against our friend Kelly’s son, Bill.

Drivers and passengers try all sorts of ways to slow down to the perfect stop over and closest to the finish line.  Three wheels over does not count.

coasting to the finish line

coasting to the finish line.  Our client Randy Powell is in judge’s stripes to the left

using the convertible top to slow down

using the convertible top to slow down

one method of slowing down

the brolly method of slowing down

slow it down

flapping the roof to slow down

A drizzle came and went throughout the evening.

Jenna's "hot rod hotties", riding on the back,  try to slow the car down with brollies.

Jenna’s “hot rod hotties”, riding on the back, try to slow the car down with brollies.

At the finish line, announcer Don Parsons provided witty repartee as he announced who was running each heat and then who had won.

You can also see Gaura 'Whirling Butterflies' in the garden.

You can also see Gaura ‘Whirling Butterflies’ in the garden.

don

Usually Randy Powell ropes off the garden by the art studio belonging to him and his wife, artist Marie Powell.  This time he tried using just a keep out sign.  This is how well it worked.

Randy's garden...that we care for.

Randy’s garden…that we care for.

keep out

Fortunately he goes for a sparse look with river rock and a few plants.  Although if it were planted more densely, it probably would not have been stood upon.

Here, in the fairly densely planted Time Enough Books garden, some people managed to insert themselves and their chairs.   I know from maintaining it that where they are sitting is a small area of river rock with no plants in it!

time enough

By Time Enough Books

The gardens by the port office did not get stood in at all, I think because they are so lush.

by the Port Office

by the Port Office

garden

I do love to take photos with a garden foreground:

gardengarden

garden

garden

garden

But back to the race:

Randy puts a white dot on the windshield of the vehicle that lost a heat.  Two white dots and you're out.

Randy puts a white dot on the windshield of the vehicle that lost a heat.

We think when you get two white dots you are out…but maybe you get to go around one more time.  We often hear the audience trying to figure this out as well, so we’re not the only ones who get confused!

The start line and the finish line communicate with walkie talkies.

The start line and the finish line communicate with walkie talkies.

April and Nancy of the port office do most of the organizing for the event.  Above, Nancy’s husband Allen helps out at the finish line.

truck passengers rejoice at surviving another heat

truck passengers rejoice at surviving another heat

triumph at the finish line

triumph at the finish line as another heat is survived

The big truck fascinated me but was out pretty early in the race.

The big truck fascinated me but was out pretty early in the race.

Maybe it was so big and heavy that it coasted too far.

Some audience members were not very interested.

Some audience members were not very interested.

As the cars come to the end of the race course (Howerton Street), they turn and drive back to the starting line along Waterfront Way.   With the boats in the background and shops and charter fishing offices on the other, it’s a good place to get photos.

Our gardening client Cheri "Panhandling for Polio"

Our gardening client Cheri Diehl “Panhandling for Polio”

Cheri is the realtor who sold our old house and found us our new one.

waterfront

The Who-Bus, driven by Travis Matney, was last year's winner.

The Who-Bus, driven by Travis Matney, was last year’s winner.

the interesting truck

the interesting truck

Sometimes people push their cars down Waterfront Way to save petrol....and avoid overheating.

Sometimes people push their cars down Waterfront Way to save petrol….and avoid overheating.

pushing

This guy was one of my favourites because he was enjoying himself so much.

This guy was one of my favourites because he was enjoying himself so much.

Queen La De Da and her hot rod hotties

Queen La De Da and her hot rod hotties

jenna

Hotties Susan and Tenille

Hotties Susan and Tenille

hotties

They were safely tied on for the higher speed portion of the race.  Last year Jenna had a friend dressed as a mermaid riding in the open trunk.

This little old Coca Cola truck was one of my favourites.

This little old Coca Cola truck was one of my favourites.

engine

old fashioned opening windscreen...from before high speed freeways

old fashioned opening windscreen…from before high speed freeways

It's a small truck.

It’s a small truck.

hanging baskets by The Basket Case greenhouse

hanging baskets by The Basket Case greenhouse

pink and red

pink and red

petunia

basket

This old truck won the People's Choice award.

This old truck won the People’s Choice award

Agastache 'Acapulco Orange' and a brown car

Agastache ‘Acapulco Orange’ and a brown car

Kelly's son's car reflected in the window of Time Enough Books

Kelly’s son’s car reflected in the window of Time Enough Books

reflection in the window of the old Harbour Lights motel

reflection in the window of the old Harbour Lights motel

Said motel is for sale and we wish someone would buy and refurbish it and its marina-view restaurant and lounge.

another reflection with the old motel's outdoor dining deck

another reflection with the old motel’s outdoor dining deck

looking east on Waterfront Way

looking east on Waterfront Way

anticipation

anticipation

OleBob's Restaurant stayed open late.

OleBob’s Restaurant stayed open late.

a crowd favourite: the happy dune buggy driver

a crowd favourite: the happy dune buggy driver

a nautical background

a nautical background

boats

Early in the race, the line of cars slowly parading (and stopping) along Waterfront Way stretches for blocks; later, as more and more get eliminated, it’s a long solitary drive to the next heat.

early in the race

early in the race

autumn leaves reflected in shiny auto paint

autumn leaves reflected in shiny auto paint

Much effort goes into polishing some of the cars.

The drivers like it when I compliment how their gleaming cars reflect the boats.

The drivers like it when I compliment how their gleaming cars reflect the boats.

trying to keep the car cool

trying to keep the car cool

crab pots by Queen La De Da's Art Castle

crab pots by Queen La De Da’s Art Castle
The vehicles go VERY slowly and are often stopped on Waterfront Way, waiting for their next heat.

The vehicles go VERY slowly and are often stopped on Waterfront Way, waiting for their next heat.  Here: in front of Queen La De Da’s Art Castle

Jenna and her caddy in front of her Queen La De Da's gallery

Jenna and her caddy in front of her Queen La De Da’s gallery

the hot rod hotties by Queen La De Da's

the hot rod hotties by Queen La De Da’s

more of that so cute truck

more of that so cute truck

the happy driver

the happy driver

driver

truck bed with old Coca Cola bottles

truck bed with old Coca Cola bottles

The owner was proud of the original sign on the passenger door.

The owner was proud of the original sign on the passenger door.

I may not be "into" vehicles but I know what I like!

I may not be “into” vehicles but I know what I like!

and I liked this a lot as you can tell....

and I liked this a lot as you can tell….

by the port office

by the port office…

with our garden and the Basket Case baskets as backdrop

with our garden and the Basket Case baskets as backdrop

I tried a "Vivid Colour" setting on my camera (which is a lowly Canon Power Shot, nothing fancy)

I tried a “Vivid Colour” setting on my camera (which is a lowly Canon Power Shot, nothing fancy)

shiny reflection of Don Nisbett Art Gallery sign

shiny reflection of Don Nisbett Art Gallery sign

(Don is the spouse of Queen La De Da herself.)

vivid colours

vivid colours

another reflection

another reflection

through the condor statue with the Hawaiian shaved ice booth

through the condor statue with the Hawaiian shaved ice booth

Travis Matney of the Who-Bus told me he had just had these cool opening windscreens installed since last year's race.

Travis Matney of the Who-Bus told me he had just had these cool opening windscreens installed since last year’s race.

cool

still trying to stay cool!

still trying to stay cool!

still pushing

still pushing

dune buggy driver during a spot of drizzle

dune buggy driver during a spot of drizzle

dune

Jenna and her son Joe

Jenna and her son Joe

church ladies

The Church Ladies on Waterfront Way

Allan went up on the Port Office deck and the deck of the old Harbour Lights Motel to get some aerial photos.

allans

STILL trying to keep that red car cool.

high

I love the fifties feel of this photo that Allan took of one of the hot rod hotties and her friend.

I love the fifties feel of this photo that Allan took of one of the hot rod hotties and her friend.

By Jessie’s Fish Co, the cars turn to get back to Howerton Street.

I always like to get a red car in front of Jessie's Fish Company

I always like to get a red car in front of Jessie’s Fish Company, as they turn to get back to the race course.
This little MG had broken down with a thermostat problem...

This little MG had broken down with a thermostat problem…

All these fellows were trying to help.

All these fellows were trying to help.

Allan thinks he may have unhooked the thermostat, because the next day he was on the phone up at the Rod Run field trying to order a new one.

Now, back to the excitement of the race course!

Allan takes photos at the starting line

Allan takes photos at the starting line…

of that cute coca cola truck...

of that cute coca cola truck…

intent at the start

intent at the start

waiting for the flag

waiting for the flag

sitters in the Time Enough Books garden!

sitters in the Time Enough Books garden!

Jenna (Queen La De Da) approaches the finish line again.

Jenna (Queen La De Da) approaches the finish line again.

Another heat goes to Queen La De Da!

Another heat goes to Queen La De Da!

Oh dear.

Oh dear…The Church Ladies get eliminated and wave goodbye to the crowd.

The Who-Bus about the win a heat

The Who-Bus about to win a heat; the little MG coasted too far.

trying to slow down!

trying to slow down!

drivers steer back and forth to slow down

drivers steer back and forth to slow down

The dune buggy wins another one.

The dune buggy wins another one.

happy

happy

happy

Jenna wins another heat...

Jenna wins another heat…with the help of the hot rod hotties and their brollies

another happy winner

another happy winner

another rain squall and another heat

another rain squall and another heat
Travis wins another heat!

Travis wins another heat!

Jenna versus the dune buggy.

Jenna versus the dune buggy.

lots of brollies: audience and hot rod hotties

lots of brollies: audience and hot rod hotties

finish

hotties

finish

The Queen La De Da caddy was out…in fifth place.

the Who-Bus vs the dune buggy

the Who-Bus vs the dune buggy

Travis intent on the win

Travis intent on the win

and the bus wins the heat.

And the bus wins the heat.
a gracious loss

a gracious loss

buggy

I was sorry to see the dune buggy go even though the Who-Bus was my favourite (except for our friend Jenna, of course!)

a church lady, now in the audience

church ladies, now in the audience

the hot dog vendor busting a move to 50s and 60s music by the finish line...

the hot dog vendor busting a move to 50s and 60s music by the finish line…

I loved this man's t shirt and told him so.

I loved this man’s t shirt and told him so.

And the Who-Bus comes around again.

the last heat!

the last heat!

and the Who-Bus wins, to my delight.

and the Who-Bus wins, to my delight.

travis

the happy winners (for the second year in a row)

the happy winners (for the second year in a row)

a fourth place for the dune buggy!

a fourth place for the dune buggy!

Jenna and Joe win the prize for Best Theme Vehicle!

Jenna and Joe win the prize for Best Theme Vehicle!

Travis Matley was esctatic to win for the second year in a row.

announcer Don Parsons, with Travis and his winning swag

announcer Don Parsons, with Travis and his winning trophy

he also won a painting, a plaque, and a basket of local goodies

he also won a painting, a plaque, and a basket of local goodies

bus

And this photo was the cover photo for Discover Ilwaco all weekend!

I never thought I’d be so enraptured with a car event, but there you have it:  the fun, fascinating Slow Drag 2013.

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