Four-wheeled beauties gather in Hansville
June 10, 2008 · Updated 5:36 PM
"HANSVILLE - In the 21 years he has owned the Cadillac, Dennis Johnson of Poulsbo has put more than 20,000 miles on it. Not many miles for your average automobile, but quite a few for a 1913 Cadillac that predates Prohibition. Johnson's Cadillac was one of the more than 60 present at the Hansville Classic Car show, put on by the Hansville Fire Auxiliary. The classic Cadillac was Johnson's second. He owned a 1916 (A 16, he calls it) but wanted one with a four-cylinder engine. So he set out looking for a 1913 and found one in Seattle. Johnson didn't do a great deal of restoration on the car. It was pretty much in this condition when I found it, he said, looking over the vehicle. But it has been kept in good condition. The quality of the car helps, too. It's just a good, strong, solid old car, Johnson said. A few cars down, just past the Jaguar, another classic car owner appraised Johnson's Cadillac. That car'll roll down the road at 55 mph all day long, said Jim Barnes of Keyport. Jim and his wife, Val, came to the car show to show off their 1925 Franklin Model 135 Sedan. The car was a luxury when it rolled off the lot in the middle of the 1920s, Jim said. A Ford or Chevy of the era would cost the owner about $500, he claims. The Franklin would go for $2400. Some old cars, when they were brand new, didn't drive well, Barnes said. But this had a reputation of being a good driving car. The sophistication the vehicle had made it attractive, Barnes said. It's air-cooled, for one. And the braking system was sophisticated for the time. Whatever the car didn't have, the Barnes helped put on it, having a rear-end gear system installed. Val had the wing window etched - vines and flowers run down the left side of the window. That's not the only detail that makes the car special, Barnes said. He points between the headlights, to a small airplane insignia on the front. The car was endorsed by Amelia Earhart and Charles Lindbergh, he said. When Lindbergh made his legendary trip across the Atlantic, Franklin decided the airplane theme was a good one to continue, and began putting the symbol on the car itself. Barnes said he also has a '25 Chevy Roadster and a '27 Chevy Coupe sitting at home in Keyport. Those, he admits, are bigger projects than the Franklin is. One is stripped down to the metal frame, which originally had a wood and second metal frame over it. The Barneses are members of the Olympic Vintage Auto Club. They took their Franklin on rides with the club around the Olympic Peninsula once a summer, Val said. The Franklin wasn't the only car in Hansville to have special details and enthusiastic owners. All around the Hansville Community Center, some owners sat proudly next to their vehicles, while others walked around and poked their heads under hoods, discussing cubic inches and manifolds. Fuzzy dice dangled from mirrors, and personalized licensed plates were all the rage. JoAnn Goodspeed was happy to see it. Goodspeed is the fire district coordinator for the Fire District 14 auxiliary. This is the first time they have held a classic car show. Their previous fundraiser was a Valentine's Day dance, and that went well, she said. Money was raised at the car show by the sale of hot dogs, soda pop and brownies. The money goes to the auxiliary, which helps accident victims find lodging, transportation, and other kinds of help. So far, we're a success, Goodspeed said of the car show. As she talked, a powder blue convertible backed into a parking spot on the grass. It was one of the few spots left. "