‘Sweet rides’ at Mukilteo Car Show

By Emma Leedy | Jun 12, 2013
Courtesy of: Emma Leedy Herb Bender owns this limited 1954 Mercury Monterey, Sun Valley edition. It will be on display at the Mukilteo Car Show on Sunday, June 23.

Roxie and Herb Bender of Mukilteo have two sweet rides with two sweet stories behind them.

Herb owns a 1954 Mercury Monterey, Sun Valley edition and Roxie has a 1947 Mercury convertible.

Both of their cars will be featured in the fourth annual Mukilteo Car Show on Sunday, June 23, hosted by the Mukilteo Chamber of Commerce.

Roxie, 65, has a real sweet spot for Mercurys.

“I learned to drive in one, took my driver’s test in one, and the first car I bought all on my own was a Mercury,” she said.

On her 65th birthday, Roxie decided she wanted a car her age. She had her eye on a beautiful maroon Mercury convertible. She spotted it while flipping through a car magazine. The kicker – it was for sale in New York.

Determined to get the car she wanted, Roxie called up the owner and they made a deal. Soon after making plans to ship it all the way across the United States, Roxie’s new car arrived at her door.

“It’s a real sweet of a car,” Roxie said.

Mukilteans may remember seeing Roxie behind the wheel in the Lighthouse Festival Parade, as she drove her car for the Mukilteo Food Bank Volunteers of the Year last year.

Her car is adorned on the inside with mini lighthouses and she has the coveted “My Favorite City: Mukilteo” license plate holder.

“I’m a lighthouse nut,” she said.

Herb, 70, is no different – he also has a unique story to go along with his unique Mercury Monterey. Sun Valley made less than 10,000 of them.

He has owned his Mercury Monterey for six years, after buying it at the Everett Memorial Day Car Show. He had been searching for this particular car for years.

Herb’s best friend had received a slick yellow Mercury Monterey, Sun Valley edition with a glass, green moon roof as a high school graduation present.

They spent that summer riding around Seattle, making memories.

“This was before I-5 existed, there was only one floating bridge and you could ride a bike all the way across I-90,” Herb said.

As the summer came to an end, Herb’s best friend went into the military. Sadly, he never returned home.

“[The car] reminds me of the fondest times,” Herb said.

See these sweet rides and more at the Mukilteo Car Show on June 23 at the Historic Flight Foundation at 10719 Bernie Webber Dr. on the Mukilteo Speedway from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information, or to show your vehicle, call 425-347-1456 or visit www.mukilteo.org.

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