Photo courtesy Eric Berge: One of the cars that will be highlighted at this year’s Magnolia Village Car Show is this 1967 Top Fuel Dragster called ‘The Dragon.’
Photo courtesy Eric Berge: One of the cars that will be highlighted at this year’s Magnolia Village Car Show is this 1967 Top Fuel Dragster called ‘The Dragon.’

Last year, when it became clear Eric Berge could not host the popular Magnolia Village Car Show, he arranged for some car enthusiasts he knew to just go cruising in their vehicles.

But it wasn’t the same, Berge said. So he is very excited that hot rods, muscle cars and more will adorn McGraw Street once more this weekend.

“Somebody called it the happiest car show they’ve ever been to,” Berge said. “I said, ‘I’ll take that.’ ”

The car show will take place from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday in the Magnolia Village business district, from 32nd to 34th Avenue West on McGraw Street.

This year, registration for the car show will take place at 8 a.m. Sunday at the corner of 32nd Avenue West. Cost to register is $20, and all types of vehicles are welcome. People who register a vehicle will receive a shirt with this year’s logo.

Berge said all entry fees go to Northwest Harvest, a nonprofit organization that supports food banks. Berge pays any additional costs, and the Magnolia Chamber of Commerce pays for the insurance.

“I just like seeing what

Berge, who owns Werner’s Crash Shop in Uptown and lives in Magnolia, said the car show attracts between 75 and 100 car owners each year, featuring everything from vintage hot rods and muscle cars to more recent models.

Berge has been entering his cars into the show since 2004, and he took it over in 2008, changing the format to make it more friendly.

“I thought why don’t I do it,” he said.

Prior to 2008, the cars entered into the show were judged and awards presented in any number of categories, including best car to go out on a date in. Berge said he changed the format because he wanted to just keep the event fun and avoid bad feelings among car owners.

“I wanted it to be a community show where people got a chance to meet their neighbors and bring their cars they were working on,” Berge said. “I didn’t want any animosity from judging.”

Berge also doesn’t want to impose too many restrictions on people showing their cars, either. Not only do the cars entered not have to be vintage, Berge isn’t that strict about the type of vehicle on display, having once convinced the owner of a recumbent bike to enter his transportation one year.

“I just want to see what everybody likes,” Berge said.

In addition to allowing enthusiasts to show off their favorite cars, Berge said the car show does introduce people to automobiles not frequently seen or driven any more.

“Kids get to see what cars used to look like,” Berge said.

Berge will be entering in six of his own vehicles this year, including a 1964 Chevelle, a 1965 Comet, a 1925 Model T and a 1944 Coupe. Another highlight will be a 1967 Top Fuel Dragster called The Green Dragon, whose owner will be on hand to answer questions. Another car owner will be bringing his 1948 Austin Sedan from Kirkland to the show.

“This is all about nostalgia,” he said.

While he is excited the car show is returning, Berge said people should use their own discretion about COVID when attending.

“I just say be precautionary and cognizant of your fellow human being,” he said.