Roosevelt Hot Rod Show 1956

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A Roosevelt News article announcing the 1956 Roosevelt Hot Rod Show. Lyle R. Johnson's 1950 Ford custom is one of the three cars showcased in the article. Photo from The Lyle R. Johnson Collection.
A newspaper article that announced the entrants and the winners from the 1956 Roosevelt Hot Rod Show, a show held at Roosevelt High in Seattle. Photo from The Lyle R. Johnson Collection.
A newspaper clipping from January of 1957 that shows Lyle with his baby blue 1950 Ford custom, one of the cars that won an award at the 1957 Roosevelt Hot Rod Show. Photo from The Lyle R. Johnson Collection.

The third annual Rosevelt Hot Rod Show was held November 30 at Roosevelt High in Seattle, Washington. Held by the current Boys' Club at the school, Bill Cook and Terry Jarvis were co-chairmen of the committee. When the show was first announced, Cook and Jarvis informed that two shows were planned, one in November and another one in the spring. Trophies were given out to the owners of the cars placing first, second and third in the competition. The cars were judged by the Seattle Police Department, and the trophies were donated by local car agencies and the Junior Chamber of Commerce, Northern Division. Other judges included Dick Clemens of Day & Night Auto Supply, Dean Smith of Smitty's Upholstery, and Jim Berg. Chairmen from other Seattle high school hot rod show committees attended the show as observers. A public address system was set up to give information about the cars on display.

Cars Attending

Sweepstakes: Don Coffman's 1941 Cadillac
Best Street Rod: Norm Boddy's 1930 Chevrolet
Best Modified Street Coupes and Sedans: Leon Muhlich's 1940 Chevrolet
Best Semi Custom: Lyle R. Johnson's 1950 Ford
Best Stock: Steve Richardson's 1950 MG

Stock Cars:
Dick Tong's 1940 Chevrolet
Charles Barker's 1946 Chevrolet
Lynn Hernandaz's 1951 Ford Victoria
Gordon Cochran's 1955 Chevrolet
Bob Edin's 1955 Ford Victoria

Street Rods:
Larry Abbot's Willys Truck
John Backstrom's 1932 Ford
Jim Otis' 1933 Ford
Bill Blair's 1936 Ford

Modified Street Coupes and Sedans:
Jeff Stockton's 1941 Ford
Ben Collins' 1946 Ford
Dan Gilfeather's 1948 Ford
Jim Nordstrom's 1949 Ford
Skip Storey's 1950 Chevrolet
Bill Daly's 1950 Studebaker
Bud Kenyon's 1951 Austin
Max Strickland's 1953 Ford Victoria


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