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Snoqualmie Railroad Days | Club car show revives legendary wheels

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Celebrating the past is a big part of Snoqualmie’s Railroad Days, and no event does that with more flash than the Snoqualmie Classic Car Show. The show comes with a healthy dose of nostalgia, too.

“A lot of people see cars they had when they were younger, and it brings back good memories,” said Gayle Sneesby, who with her husband Ray coordinates the event. It’s one of three put on each year by their classic car club, Legends, and the one that the Sneesbys take charge of.

A full 22 classes of vehicles— the show includes motorcycles, too—can compete for prizes in the 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday show that lines up cars all along Railroad Avenue. There are categories for unfinished cars, stock and modified subdivided by year, muscle cars and low-riders, but don’t expect many of them, Ray warns. There’s even an orphan category, for cars whose brands don’t exist any more.  The show is open to cars of all years, too.

“You can bring a brand-new car,” Ray said, adding “if you’ve got big chrome wheels, and you’ve got pinstriping all over it.”

“Everybody has an idea of the cars they like,” Gayle said.

So far, 25 cars have pre-registered for the event, but until the day of the show, they won’t really know how many vehicles they’re getting. Variables like the weather can really affect the turnout.

“The highest we’ve ever had was 225,” Ray said. “Last year, it rained, and we had 75.”

The 2010 show actually lost money, a disappointment to the Sneesbys and the Railroad Days organizers who’ve benefited from it.

“Normally when we do the Snoqualmie show, they get half of our profits, so they can reinvest in the Railroad Days,” Gayle said.

Of the other half, Ray said the club by-laws require at least half to be donated to local charities and events, like the Forgotten Children’s Foundation, or the Snoqualmie Bicycle Rodeo.

Rain or shine though, this year’s show will bring back a key component of every show the couple has done in Snoqualmie in the past decade, the Fun Awards, starting at 2 p.m.

These are the awards for whoever, kids or adults, excels at the assortment of silly games and contests the Sneesbys have lined up this year. Hula hoops are definitely involved, and water balloons.

The serious awards are given out at 3 p.m., after the cars are judged by Legends members, and the show wraps up by 4 p.m. The awards ceremony will be in front of the Eagles Club, 8200 Railroad Ave.  For information, or to register, visit

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