First ‘Traffic Jam’ at WAAAM draws more than 100 cars

‘Drive-in’ show moves indoors but first event succeeds despite threat of rain

The threat of rain did not stop the supporters of the first Traffic Jam, Oct. 12-13 at Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum.

Over 100 autos were on show for the Saturday Traffic Jam Car Show held as a benefit for the museum.

About half of the show cars were from out of the area and enjoyed the hotels, stores and travels around the valley.

“It was a wonderful start to a new Gorge tradition,” said Assistant Director Donna Davidson.

A total of 51 antique and classic cars cruised through Hood River along the old “Gut” from the Heights to downtown Hood River, then gathered on the museum grounds to view a “drive in” movie against the huge hangar wall. The evening’s showers moved the movie into the third hangar and the show went on. Sixty car enthusiasts enjoyed the showing of “American Graffiti,” the classic 1974 George Lucas film.

The spirit of the drive-in remained, according to Davidson.

“The Lions set up a concession stand with hot dogs and candy, and it gave it the feel of a drive-in even though we were indoors,” she said.

On loan or donated to WAAAM following the show were three vehicles: a 1920s bread truck, a 1912 Jackson and a 1928 Ford convertible.

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