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Car show enthusiasts flock to Freedom Fest's Classy Chassis

Northwest Guardian

Published: 05:35PM July 10th, 2014

Nestled between rows of Firebirds, Cadillacs and hot rods, Spc. Nicholas Drossos’ 1972 Volkswagen was parked instilling raised eyebrows and “scary” comments from onlookers.

His hot rod did not have shiny new paint job or leather interiors like some of the other cars on display during Freedom Fest’s Classy Chassis Car Show.

Instead, his black Volkswagen looked as if it was driven off the set of the post-apocalyptic movie "Mad Max."

With a spike protruding from the roof, bullet shells dangling from the windows, skeletons hanging in the front and back and animal fur tacked onto the ceiling, it was a far cry from the classic cars parked at Memorial Stadium on July 4.

Drossos said he was inspired to create the gruesome ride from a trend known as Volksrods.

Volksrods are customized Volkswagen Beetles that give them a more modern look.

“The interior was perfectly fine, but I got it in me to tear it all out and make it dangerous to drive,” Drossos said.

He replaced the interior with metal bucket seats and a steering wheel so rough he cut himself while driving it to the stadium.

“It’s hell to get in, but fun to drive,” Drossos said.

Across the way sat Bob Murray’s 1929 1/2 AA Ford. Murray drove the truck down from Bothell. He said the drive is long but worth it since he enjoys coming out to the Classy Chassis Car Show.

“It’s been one of my favorite shows to go to,” he said. “I love it because of the green grass and it’s good family fun.”

Murray owns nine show cars that he enters in numerous competitions, even taking home a few first place trophies.

Car enthusiast Pam Johnson made her way from car to car admiring the classics.

Johnson said has an affinity for cars and even has a 1978 Firebird.

“I don’t have any favorites, but I like the older cars, like from the 30s and 40s,” she said.

Technical Sergeant Mike Nordin, with the Air National Guard, entered his 1955 Crown Victoria for the first time. Nordin inherited the Ford from his wife’s grandfather.

“When I met him, he had a garage full of cars and I loved this one instantly,” Nordin said.

He said he makes sure to drive the car daily, even taking it to Camp Murray on occasion.

Nordin said he promised his wife’s grandfather he wouldn’t keep the classic car locked away.

“He said: ‘Hey, if I ever give you this car you better drive it,” Nordin said. “So I’m holding up my end of the deal.”