Community of ‘vintique’ car-lovers take over Union Gap park

Cool cars, coffee and community — that’s what the annual Vintiques Unrun car show offered to attendees Saturday at Fullbright Park in Union Gap.

Despite the chilling temperatures, the show featured about 80 vintage or antique vehicles, with some traveling from up north in Bellingham and others coming from down south in the Dalles, Ore.

While last year’s show had about 125 cars — and good weather — Vintiques Unrun Director Shirley Fairbanks said she was pleased with Saturday’s turnout.

“We were surprised that we have this many so far,” Fairbanks said.

Fairbanks has been involved with the Vintiques of Yakima car club for years. She’s served as the director of the organization’s main show in August four times.

One of the best things about car shows, Fairbanks said, is the friendships that are made.

“It doesn’t take long; you park by another person and you struck up a friend almost immediately,” Fairbanks said. “They’re talking about their car and you’re hearing about the other person’s car, so it doesn’t take long to make friends.”

Fairbanks says it was her dad who first sparked her interest in cars when she was a young girl.

“Mom would send Dad to the store for a loaf of bread and he’d come home trying out a car,” Fairbanks said. “It was always fun for me, all these new, different cars.”

Her dad was always polishing and keeping his car clean, something Fairbanks always wanted to do with him.

“I asked him if I could help him polish and he said, ‘Yes, go in the garage and get the can of elbow grease,'” Fairbanks said.

Fairbanks went in the garage and looked all around, but nowhere did she find a can marked ‘elbow grease’.

“‘Dad, I can’t find the elbow grease,” Fairbanks said. “And he’s polishing away, ‘It’s in there, just go on the shelf.”

Back in the garage, Fairbanks continued to search all over the garage for this elbow grease can for her dad until finally, she came back out.

“I was crying and, little did I know, he just wanted me out of the way so he could polish the car,” Fairbanks said. “There was no such thing as elbow grease in a can, but I got my love of cars from my dad.”

Fairbanks said that love has endured over the years and that it’s shared among people who go to car shows.

“It’s a family, everybody that loves cars,” Fairbanks said. “It’s just a camaraderie of awesome people.”