Rev 'em up: The 10th annual Kirkland Classic Car Show -- muscle cars, hot rods, ‘Vettes, coupes and more -- will roll into this weekend, starting at 3 p.m. Saturday with a “Cruise-In” preview and dance.
Sponsored by the Legends Pacific Northwest Car Club and the Kirkland Downtown Association (KDA), the show is free to the public and one of the biggest car shows on the Eastside. It typically draws about 400 mostly American autos and motorcycles.
Trophies will be given to the top 10 cars after the Cruise-In preview, with the free dance starting at 7 p.m. at the Marina Park gazebo, to the rocking tunes of the band 24 Diesel.
The main show on Sunday starts at 10 a.m., with rigs spread out over the Marina Park parking lot and along Kirkland Avenue. Trophies will be awarded in 21 categories.
"The show includes everything from probably 1919 all the way up: Muscle cars, hot rods, Corvettes, classics, customs, stock cars, stock trucks, full custom," said Alan Weiskind, show director and Legends Club member -- who has 17 cars of his own. "I've been getting a lot of calls from people who have never come to the show" who are planning on bringing their cars.
Proceeds are split between the club, which donates all profits to charity, including the Forgotten Children's Fund, and the KDA, which promotes events in town and is affiliated with the .
"This is our tenth year in downtown Kirkland, and I believe the show is the second largest annual event there, next to the Fourth of July celebration," Weiskind said.
The city is advising motorists to expect some delays and closures downtown during the event. Here’s a rundown of what to expect in that regard:
Cruise In Dance
The Marina Parking Lot including Lakeshore Plaza Drive and Kirkland Avenue, from the City Dock to Lake Street, will be closed overnight on Saturday from approximately noon until approximately 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Kirkland Classic Car Show
The following roads will be closed and detours in place from 5 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 29, 2012:
- Park Lane from Lake Street to Main Street
- Kirkland Avenue from City Dock to Main Street
- Lake Street from Central Way to 2nd Avenue S
- Lake Street and Central Way Parking Lot
Alternate Routes/Detours on Sunday
Heading North: From Lake Street S, head east on 2nd Avenue S, north on State Street S, continue north on 3rd Street, west on Central Way, north on Market Street
Heading South: From Central Way/NE 85th Street, head south on 6th Street, west on Kirkland Way, continue west on Kirkland Avenue, south on State Street S, west on 2nd Avenue S, south on Lake Street S.