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Matlock resident Delbert Gerou stands in front of his 1923 Ford Model T, which was selected as the people’s choice winner.Buy Photo
Matlock resident Delbert Gerou stands in front of his 1923 Ford Model T, which was selected as the people’s choice winner.
More than 180 cars lined Broadway Avenue and Main Street during the annual car show.Buy Photo
More than 180 cars lined Broadway Avenue and Main Street during the annual car show.

Despite gray clouds and the constant threat of rain, more than 180 participants braved the weather to take part in the 12th annual Historic Montesano Car Show on Saturday.

“Considering the weather, we think 183 is a good number,” event organizer Dave Foss said. “We were all really pleased, I heard nothing but positive feedback from everyone.”

The classic vehicles and a few newer models lined Main Street and Broadway Avenue in downtown Montesano. Fog rolled in and there was a light shower just after noon, but, for the most part, the rain held off until just after the final award was given out at 3 p.m and donations were made to the Montesano Food Bank, Chehalis Valley Historical Museum, the Senior Center and the Montesano Police Association.

While it was far from the biggest turnout at the event, many of the participants enjoyed the cooler weather. Nancy Mayer of Tumwater said the Montesano event is a favorite of her and her husband, Richard, to show off their 1959 El Camino, rain or shine.

“This is one of our favorite shows because it is so friendly and fun,” Mayer said. “Montesano rocks.”

Delbert Gerou of Matlock was too happy showing off his Christmas present from last year — a 1923 Ford Model T — to notice the rain spots on his sunglasses.

“I looked five years before we found this one up in Burien,” Gerou said. “I had to clean it up. I had the headers custom made for it. I had the front rotors custom made for it.”

Gerou had hounded his wife so bad about getting a hot rod that she finally allowed him to get the Model T, which still has the original fender and skirts as well as a Ford motor.

“She got tired of me whining because I didn’t have one and now she gets tired of me whining because I do,” Gerou said.

He may still whine from time to time about the amount of time it takes to clean up the vintage vehicle before and after each show, but as he sat clicking a counter for every time someone took a picture of his baby, he knows it is worth every ounce of hard work. In addition to more than 60 people stopping to take pictures of Gerou’s Model T, the specators also awarded the 1923 car with the people’s choice award.

“It has been worth every penny,” Gerou said. “It is a big gas. We love it. I don’t plan on ever getting rid of it. I have three and a half years before I retire and that is going to be one of my play toys.”