A father and son get a signed poster from James Rimmer. (Evan Pappas/Staff Photo)

DirtFish hosts community car show, celebrates drivers headed to Global RallyCross event in Monroe, Sept. 9 and 10

More than 800 people came by DirtFish Rally School on Saturday, Sept. 2, to celebrate the two DirtFish divers competing in the Red Bull Global Rallycross (GRC) event on at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe.

DirtFish drivers Connor Martell and James Rimmer will be competing in the race on the weekend of Sept. 9 and 10. Another driver sponsored by DirtFish’s partner Subaru, Patrik Sandell, was also at the event signing autographs and meeting fans with Martell and Rimmer.

Martell and Rimmer both compete in the GRC Lites division, a development class of the GRC. Martell, last year’s GRC champion, is currently ranked second and Rimmer is ranked sixth.

The event at DirtFish featured a free car show, including the drivers’ rally cars, a Wicked Pies food truck, a chance to meet the drivers, and a raffle to win prizes, including rides in the GRC cars or even helicopter tours.

Atomic Helicopters offered rides to attendees that day in addition to rides given through raffle prizes. The helicopters rides were running all day while attendees walked by the cars, shopped at vendor booths and met the drivers.

Trevor Wert, DirtFish media manager, said the money raised by the raffle tickets would be divided between DirtFish’s four designated charities, Encompass, Seattle Humane, Pushing Boundaries, and Conservation Northwest.

“All four of those touch different aspects, Encompass is education, Pushing Boundaries is health and helping the disabled, Conservation Northwest is the environment, and then the fourth is Seattle Humane which is very close to all of us here,” Wert said. “The second aspect is we have a donation box for anyone who wants to give money to hurricane Harvey and that will go to the Red Cross.”

Wert was happy with the attendance of the event and enthusiasm of the people he met that day. He said DirtFish hopes to make the party an annual event whether there is a Seattle-area race or not.

“Thank you to all the fans that came out, all the vendors who supported us, Subaru, our sponsor Yeba, and the community for being so supportive of the event and us in general,” Wert said.

Drivers James Rimmer, Patrik Sandell and Connor Martell meet fans and sign autographs Saturday afternoon. (Evan Pappas/Staff Photo)

Titus Wilhelm, 9, and Isaih Lee-Akre, 8, enjoyed a sunny day “looking at cool cars” at DirtFish. (Evan Pappas/Staff Photo)

A dirt-covered car makes its way back up to the show after one of the drivers takes a raffle winner for a ride. (Evan Pappas/Staff Photo)

Connor Martell gets in his GRC car to drive it to another part of the car show. (Evan Pappas/Staff Photo)

DirtFish showed off their cars in front of their main office building during the event. (Evan Pappas/Staff Photo)

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