Federal Way Lions car show: 1957 Chevrolet Hardtop wins Best of Show

The Drazkowski family members (clockwise from left, Jerome, Shailyn, Amara and Dayton) proudly display the Best of Show award their 1957 Chevrolet Hardtop won at Federal Way
The Drazkowski family members (clockwise from left, Jerome, Shailyn, Amara and Dayton) proudly display the Best of Show award their 1957 Chevrolet Hardtop won at Federal Way's Sixth Annual Lions Car Show.
— image credit: Jacinda Howard, The Mirror

The Sixth Annual Lions Car Show attracted classic cars and their admirers Saturday.

The show, which takes place in the Sears parking lot at The Commons mall, has become an annual summer attraction. It raises money for scholarships that go to local high schoolers. This year brought fewer participating cars, but the same enthusiasm seen in past shows.

“The participants here are super generous,” Lions treasurer Carolyn Harestad said. “It’s a real community effort.”

The 2010 car show featured 121 mostly classic cars. This number was down from last year’s 151 cars, Harestad said. Each car’s owner paid $15-$20 to enter the competition. At the end of the day, several awards were given, including People’s Choice, Best of Show and a $500 winner.

This year’s top winner, Best of Show, went to a 1957 Chevrolet Hardtop owned by Jerome and Shailyn Drazkowski, who reside just outside Federal Way’s boundaries. The Drazkowski family has worked on the car for the past seven and a half years to prepare for competition, Shailyn Drazkowski said. Their work paid off, as the Chevy has earned other top prizes in car shows this year, she said.

“We’ve won a few,” Shailyn Drazkowski said. “It’s been fun.”

The Chevy looks sharp and functions well. Orange and yellow flames race up the hood and down the sides of its blue body. The car gleamed in the sun, it’s paint sparkling and metal bumpers shining, as visitors to Saturday’s show paused to admire it. The Drazkowski family takes the Hardtop out on the town often, Shailyn Drazkowski said.

The show provided wholesome family entertainment, but also served a larger cause. The money gathered from donations and entry fees annually goes toward providing scholarships for Federal Way high school students. Scholarship recipients are nominated from each of the city’s five high schools. They must uphold the Lions Club’s standards and serve their community. Last year, the club awarded 10 scholarships of $850 each, Harestad said. The goal is to eventually provide scholarships worth $1,000, she said.

The Lions Club has awarded scholarships since 1965. The car show was started as a way to offer more money to outstanding students, Harestad said.

“The goal was funding for scholarships – always,” she said.

Before the car show began, the Lions were scraping by to provide scholarships, Harestad said.


There were several winners at the Lions 2010 Car Show.

Best of Show: Jerome Drazkowski

$500 winner: Charles Yount

Mayor’s Choice: 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle SS owned by James and Pam Reising

Oldest Car: 1925 Ford Model T owned by Gordon Turcott

Baddest Truck: 1948 Ford pickup F100 owned by Gordy and Terry Engelstad

Meanest Muscle: 1968 Z28 Chevrolet Camaro owned by Bill Hilton

Cool Custom: 1971 Ford Ranchero owned by Jack McCandliss

Best Ragtop: 1953 Buick Roadmaster owned by Jeanett Binghan

Best Threads: 1935 Willys owned by Norm Christopherson

Coolest Finish: 1961 Nash Metropolitan owned by Jeff and Jan Rich

Hottest Flames: 1965 Chevrolet Malibu owned by Roosevelt Langston

Daily Drivers: 1964 Chevrolet Pickup owned by Dan and Janice Wiles

Best Detailed Engine: 1941 Willys owned by Rick Williams

Most Exotic: 1971 Datsun owned by Jeff Krull

Top Cop’s Choice: 1961 Chevrolet Corvette owned by Robert Jones

Best Display: 1948 Crosley Station Wagon owned by Roy Dunn

Best Rod: 1929 Ford Roadster owned by Paul Okerson

Pre-1940: 1931 Ford 5 Window owned by Doug and Debbie Vanous

Post-1940: 1949 Ford F-1 owned by Rick Broehl

People’s Choice: 1949 Plymouth CV owned by Anna Haley

Cleanest Factory Original: 1955 Oldsmobile 98 owned by Leonard Barlow

Best Graphics: 1991 Honda Civic owned by David Corentto

Coolest Wheels: 2006 Dodge Charger owned by Eric Cook

Top Hardtop: 1975 Stutz Blackhawk owned by Steve Klinger

Classy Chassis: 1964 Chevrolet Nova owned by Mike Wilson

Best Lights: 1959 Volkswagon owned by Mobile Sound and Security

Sears Choice Award: 1968 AMX owned by Keith Hankel

Lions Award: 1954 Chevrolet Panel owned by Anna Kline

Best Work in Progress: 1956 Chevrolet Belair Convertible owned by Robert May, Jr.

Best Service Vehicle: 2008 Dodge Charger owned by Federal Way police

Looks Real Fast: 1974 Chevrolet Vega owned by Scott Schreiber

Extreme Power: 1932 Plymouth four-door owned by Leni Abrahamson

Retailers Dream: 1955 Ford Crown Victoria owned by Elmer January

15 Years and Newer Stock: 2006 Ford GT Mustang owned by Mary Gonzalez

15 Years and Newer Modified: 2002 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster owned by Don Roten

Denny Mills Memorial: 1933 Ford Coupe owned by Bill Lawson

D’elegance Award: 1956 Ford Crown Victoria owned by Robert Rogers

Issaquah XXX Rootbeer: 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle owned by Ron Berg

Best Rebuilt: 1962 Ford T-Bird owned by Willie Perez

Judge’s Verdict: 1931 Ford A Coupe owned by Sue Okerson

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