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Billetproof Washington 2009 Pictures and Recap

he second annual Billetproof Washington Wash-Out, the northwest’s largest gathering of traditional hot rods and customs, took over the South West Washington Fairgrounds in Chehalis Washington on June 27-28, 2009 under warm, clear summer skies. Over 650 hot rods passed through the registration tent as the host club, the Slo-Pokes from Vancouver, WA, got everyone registered and parked in record time. The Juke Joint Gamblers played their brand of Soulful Country and The Mercury 4 filled the air with 60s surf instrumentals for the record crowd.

Saturday evening the Billetproofers took to the streets in historic downtown Centralia, WA for a cruise that lasted well into the night. The townsfolk were treated to a scene right out of the past as the traditional rods and customs cruised under the neon lights of downtown marquees.  Restaurant and bar patrons flowed into the streets to take in the perfect summer evening and the parade of cars.

Sunday morning the show returned to the Southwest Washington Fairgrounds as The Prankster Big Band, an 18-piece swing band, set the vibe for the awards ceremony. Several former Rod and Custom cover cars took home awards. Don Richardson’s 1939 Ford built by Doug Rice graced the cover of Rod and Custom show off its radical body reshaping. Doug took home the Billetproof Body Basher award in recognition of the extensive and well-executed metal work.  Pete and Joanne Rosenberg’s 1954 F-100 took Best of Show, the first time a truck has been awarded this honor at Billetproof. They bought the truck as a quick restoration project but soon discovered that it had been on the cover of Rod and Custom not once, but twice! The Rosenburgs did the required research and have brought the truck back to its cover worthy glory.

Billetproof Washington 2009 Best of Show winner
Pete and Joanne Rosenberg’s 1954 Ford F-100, a 2 time Rod and Custom cover car from the 1950s, restored to former glory
Owner Award
Pete Rosenberg 1954 Ford F-100 Best of show
Mike Thompson 1932 5W Ford Best Hot Rod
Dave York 1949 Ford 2 Door Best Custom
Joyce the Hot Rod Lady, 1932 Ford RPU Best Truck
Barry Collier 1956 Ford Ranch Wagon Best Wagon
Hay its Nate!, 1964 FLH Best Bike
Greg Antoline, 1930 Ford Tudor Best Interior
Roger Gross, 1938 Packard Coupe Best Orphan
Mike Thompson 1932 5W Ford Real Mill
Jeff Malstorm, 1956 Chevy Best Pinstripes
Don Richardson, 1939 Ford Coupe Body Basher