The 14th Annual Oregon Mountain Cruise turned out to be a huge success according to organizer Chuck Garrett of Joseph. "We had a lot of new people and cars this year, plus it didn't snow like last weekend," Garrett said.
A total of 226 cars lined the main street of Joseph for the event which Garrett called the best cruise yet.
An iridescent 1937 Ford owned by Jim Tier of Salem drove away with the King of the Mountain honors. This was the first time that Tier had made the drive to the O.M.C. "This is the best cruise that I have ever been to," he said.
The King of the Mountain is voted on by registered cruise participants.
The People's Choice Award went to a high gloss black '36 Chevy Coupe owned by Joe and Ann Shaffer from Gaston.
Cruise organizers employed an improved parking system this year that used color coded poker chips. The new system allowed for a smoother parking process on Saturday morning.
A poker walk with a magic show theme was also a hit on Saturday. Approximately 125 registered cruisers walked to five different locations in the Civic Center in Joseph. Participants had to guess magic tricks to receive cards. The best high and low poker hands were the winners.
On Sunday approximately 75 cars traveled to the parking area at the foot of Wallowa Lake with some staying to participate in the winners circle. " It was a chance for everyone to see the cars up close and personal with the lake as a backdrop,"Garrett said.
The 15th OMC is scheduled for June 21 next year.
Oregon Mountain Cruise Winners 2002
King of the Mountain: 37 Ford, Jim Tier, Salem
Restored Car: (1) 34 Packard, David McCready, Hillsboro (2) 64 Corvette, Gordon Hinkle, Hood River (3) 63 Corvette, John and Susan Callison, Tualatin.
Street Rod: (1) 36 Pontiac, Fred and Cheryl Hall, West Linn (2) 33 Ford Cabriolet, Larry and Pat Houser, Grants Pass (3) 29 Ford, Bob Tarlton, Shelton WA.
Restored Truck: (1) 55 Ford C-500, Dan Holland, Prineville (2) 40 Dodge, Mick Courtney, Enterprise (3) 36 International, Aaron Post, Wallowa.
Un-restored car or truck: (1) 65 Plymouth, Bill Snyder, Bend (2) 56 Buick, Art Brock, Wallowa (3) 53 Buick Special, Lee Swiger, Baker City.
Modified Car: (1) 38 Lincoln Zephyr, Rob and Susie Fisher, Boise, ID. (2) 57 Chevy BelAir, Jim Percy, Meridian, ID. (3) 55 Chevy BelAir, Sam Pitman, Melba, ID.
Custom Car: (1) 37 Ford, Jim Tier, Salem (2) 63 Buick Riviera, Jeff Montgomery, Mount Vernon, WA. (3) 54 Ford Sunliner, Glen Green, Bend.
Modified Truck: (1) 1950 Dodge, Floyd Duncan, Baker City (2) 35 Ford, Al Hawkins, Hood River (3) 56 Ford, Bob Copes, Meridian, ID.
Muscle Car: (1) 67 Chevy, Peter Cook, Lewiston, ID. (2) 73 Dodge Challenger, Louis McGinley, Cascade, ID (3) 64 Pontiac, Dennis Babcock, Bellevue, WA.
Custom Truck: (1) 1939 GMC, Del Edgbert, Shelton, WA. (2) 82 S-10 Chevy, Bud Englert, Umatilla (3) 46 Ford, Sam Clemens, Prineville.
Orphan Restored: (1) 36 Packard, Monte Glud, Dundee (2) 37 Cord 812, Bud Stangel, Enterprise (3) 52 Hudson Twin Hornet, Lloyd and Margaret Walsh, Bend.
Pro-Street: (1) 55 BelAir, Mike Heller, Hermiston (2) 65 Chevy Malibu, Monte Benson, Nampa, ID.
Foreign Car: 71 Karmann Ghia, Kevin Davis, Payette, ID.
Farthest Traveled: Don Burkart, Barstow, CA, 1089 miles
Hard Luck: Tom and Deb Smith, Broke a shock bolt on I-205.
People's Choice: (1) 36 Chevy Coupe, Joe and Ann Shaffer, Gaston (2) 68 Plymouth GTX, Jeff Brence, Cove (3) 57 Hudson Hornet Hollywood, Harold Alexander, Troutdale.