Annual Ruddell Cruise-In set for Friday

PORT ANGELES — Ruddell Auto’s 22nd annual Cruise-In is set for Friday.

The public is invited to drop by the event from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Ruddell Auto Mall, 110 S. Golf Course Road. Admission is free.

“We expect this year’s … show to be another terrific event with hundreds of cars,” Ruddell dealer Howie Ruddell said in a news release.

Members of about a dozen car clubs are expected to show their vehicles, and area classic car owners can display their vehicles free of charge.

Parking will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Due to the limited number of display spaces, incomplete project cars and post-1976 cars are not allowed.

“We expect cars from across Western Washington; from Bremerton, Tacoma, Puyallup, up to Bellingham, as well as some folks coming down from Canada,” said Old Timers Car Club chair Jerry Scott in the release.

The Old Timers of Bremerton are co-hosting the event with Ruddell.

Said Ruddell: “We are usually full within an hour of opening the gate and expect the same again this year.”

Trophies will be awarded for car owners in categories including — but not limited to — Best of Show, Peoples Choice and Farthest Distance Travelled.

“With some good weather, we are expecting this year’s Cruise-In to set a new attendance record,” said Scott.

In accordance to tradition, live music will be provided.

In addition to the cars and music, attendees can try their hand at sinking Clallam County Sheriff Bill Benedict, Port Angeles Police Department Deputy Chief Jason Viada, Next Door Gastro Pub’s Jake Oppelt, Lefties Baseball owner Matt Acker and Peninsula Daily News Publisher Terry Ward — among others — at the celebrity dunk tank.

Proceeds from the dunk tank will benefit Clallam County Fire Department volunteers and Captain Joseph House Foundation.

Food provided by Queen of Angels and St. Joseph Knights of Columbus will be available to purchase.

The annual event was began by the late H. “Mac” Ruddell in 1996 with the help of Old Timers car club then-chairman Jerry Scott of Bremerton, according to a news release.

After success in the initial years, the car club and the dealership forged a long-term relationship and the event has grown significantly since its inception, according to the release.

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