By Gale Fiege Herald Writer
ARLINGTON — Chuck Togstad was a drywaller. In his retirement, though, Togstad has become a collector of vintage cars.
“It’s a lot of work to fix up these old vehicles,” said Togstad of Arlington. “I got lucky, because I was not a car man, and I’ve had a lot of good guys helping me out.”
He and his wife Joyce plan to display his prized 1955 red Mercury convertible at the Show and Shine. The 13th annual car show runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday along Olympic Avenue in downtown Arlington.
More than 300 cars are expected for the show. Donations collected by the show sponsor, the Downtown Arlington Business Association, help support the local food bank and other nonprofit organizations.
Togstad, 71, has numerous cars, mostly Mercury vehicles from the brand’s heyday in the 1950s. These include a 1955 “Sun Valley” Mercury with a glass top.
His oldest car is a 1953 yellow and black Mercury hardtop.
“It’s a car that I owned briefly when I was 20 years old. I had to sell it and then I lost track of it,” Togstad said. “Through my car connections, I was able to find it again and talk the owner into selling it to me. It wasn’t easy, but I am glad to have it back.”
The Show and Shine car event is a great way to renew old friendships and make those car connections, organizer Marilyn Bullock said.
“The feel is hometown friendly, and we have a fun time,” Bullock said. “We try to recognize Arlington people and have featured many Arlington cars on our shirts and posters, but we have friends who enter every year from throughout the state, British Columbia and Oregon.”
Joyce and Chuck Togstad, married nearly 50 years, have been to all of the Show and Shine events over the years.
“It’s something Chuck loves,” Joyce said. “I am not left out. It’s been wonderful hobby for us both. Chuck does a great job of painting his cars. All those years of drywall finesse have paid off. I am proud of him.”
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