This past Sunday marked the return of the Red Square Car Show, an annual charity benefit for PAWS we’ve been developing for the past 8 years along with Cats Exotics & SigEp as part of UW’s philanthropy week. With an eclectic mix of automobiles on the roster & near perfect weather, this year’s event came together without a hitch.
Before we even had a chance to set up the booths, there were already cars waiting on the bricks.
Once more vehicles began to fill the square, it drew quite a crowd out onto the stairs. Little did we know, TED was hosting a talk just a few steps away, so Red Square Car Show was soon to be hit with a massive wave of spectators.
The cars in attendance at the event was even more diverse than years past, with lots of positive buzz on the RSCS social media channels about who would bring what leading up to the event. In true car show fashion, we’ve been working around the clock to “finish” off the latest NWAS promo vehicle, and completed it just the time for a grand reveal in the public eye. Our rally inspired GLA45 AMG has been under wraps for quite some time, and we can’t wait to show it off even more in the coming months.
The infamous “Mr. Sandman” Citroen DS21 was also on deck, charming attendees into making larger donations to PAWS with the help of its signature swirly hypnotic hubcaps.
While the purple Citro added a lot of character to the show, the car that took home the “Most Unique Vehicle” award was none other than a shark-mouthed ’77 Datsun B210. As the story goes, the owner had purchased the Datsun only a day before, and drove it as-is straight to RSCS8.
Back in the shadowy section, plenty of American muscle & modified domestics could be spotted cooling off amongst a smattering of Japanese and European imports.
Lo & behold, even a AE86 Toyota Corolla could be seen tucked away under the trees.
Cats Exotics brought out a handful of vehicles from their showroom, including two Lamborghini Diablos, a Bentley Super Sport, and a matte white McLaren 650S.
Their “Minty” Porsche Turbo was in attendance as well, positioned next to a heavily modified Mazda 3 that make the trek down from British Columbia.
The UW Formula Motorsport team came out in support of RSCS & stuck around answering questions to many intrigued onlookers about the carbon fiber monocoque eCar they had on display.
Amidst the crowds, a handful of Aston Martins & Audis could also be seen soaking up the afternoon sun.
Around the outer perimeter, we spotted a familiar looking Ford GT & beautiful Ferrari Speciale sandwiched between a classy vintage Mercedes & a tuned Toyota Supra.
With over 100 cars registered this year, the turnout was strong and more funding for the Progressive Animal Welfare Society was collected than ever before at the show. In total, RSCS8 participants, contributors, and attendees raised over $5,000!
As RSCS8 carried on, we were surprised & delighted to welcome a stunning blue Ferrari La Ferrari onto the bricks. It immediately drew a large crowd, and the owner was kind enough to open the car up for all to marvel at.
Beyond the selection of super cars, there was also a strong stance presence at the show on Sunday. More statically slammed & air ride equipped vehicles were in attendance than we anticipated, and it was refreshing to see a different sector of the local automotive scene well represented at Red Square.
A big part of what makes RSCS such an entertaining event to throw is the eclectic mix of cars that participate. What started off as a rather selective display of luxury & exotic vehicles many years ago has since transformed into a sort of automotive smorgasbord of everything awesome that Washington has to offer.
As the crowds started to dissipate & the show wrapped up, we seized the opportunity for a quick shot of the Crown Vic aired out with the Mt. Rainier disappearing into the fading sun.
Of course, we also made sure to post Mr. Sandman and the Rally GLA up in front of the Suzzallo library & snap a few more images before it was time to hit the bricks.
Didn’t get a chance to join us for RSCS8? Check out this quick instagram video re-cap for more of what you may have missed.
In closing, thank you all for your continued support of the Red Square Car Show, and special thanks to all our show contributors, organizers, and participants. It wouldn’t be RSCS without you & your efforts. We also must give a big shout out to Moonie Icy Tunes, My Chef Lynn, and Papa Bois for providing us all with delicious food, refreshments, and sweet treats all day long. Last but not least, thanks to UW for continuing to host us, and diecutstickers.com for hooking up commemorative stickers free of charge. Here’s to an even better RSCS9!
RED SQUARE CAR SHOW IMAGE GALLERY
SUPPLEMENTARY IMAGE(S) PROVIDED BY: Travis Cuykendall