Small community finds camaraderie in first-ever Nikiski classic car show


Over 50 classic cars were shown at the First Annual North Road Car Show, hosted by Nikiski Hardware.

Cars ranged from muscle cars from the ’60’s and ’70s, hot rods from the ’40s, and classic trucks from the ’30s. There was one new Chevy Camaro. The show even featured some military vehicles and three race cars. Locals said it was the biggest car show ever on the Peninsula, and as far as Nikiski goes, it was the second largest event anyone could remember. The first largest was the opening of the Nikiski Hardware Store last year.

Between 250-300 people attended the show, and the weather cooperated, with the rain holding off until after the show was over.

“The general sense was that people have seen every event canceled and schools, swimming lessons, and T-ball have been canceled. This is the first time we’ve had an event and everyone was raring to go. Nobody was wearing a mask because it was outside and we didn’t need to,” said John Quick, co-owner of Nikiski Hardware. “I just think people were excited to be at a community event.”

First place winner was Scott Brown’s 67 Mustang.

Second place went to Lou Oliva’s ’57 Ford pickup. Oliva had the truck when he was a teenager, and found it years later, bought it back, and restored it to its original condition.

Third place was split between Bill Parish’s 1970 Chevy Nova and Glen Smith’s 1968 Lincoln Continental.


  1. Did you hear the big success that the Junior Livestock Auction was in Palmer on Saturday? Hundreds of people and businesses came out to generously support the young agriculturalists who’ve spent the last 6-12 months raising livestock for auction. With the cancellation of the State Fair, the Alaska Farm Bureau and the State Fair sponsored this event, which raised over $200,00 for the kids for their beef, swine, turkeys and rabbits, in the big open-air barn at the fairgrounds. It was a fantastic event!
    People are so ready to live life again!

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