Portsmouth High student’s car show attracts wheels of wonder

Jake Whitmarsh, checking under the hood, organized Sunday’s car show as his senior project at Portsmouth High School. Jake Whitmarsh, checking under the hood, organized Sunday’s car show as his senior project at Portsmouth High School.

Jake Whitmarsh, checking under the hood, organized Sunday’s car show as his senior project at Portsmouth High School.

Jake Whitmarsh, checking under the hood, organized Sunday’s car show as his senior project at Portsmouth High School.

PORTSMOUTH — It was heaven on wheels at Portsmouth High School Sunday, as car lovers from around the region feasted their eyes on some real beauties both young and old.

The event was organized by PHS student Jake Whitmarsh as his senior project.

“We had about 100 (cars) show up. We didn’t expect as big of an outcome,” said Jake, who’s loved cars for years.

“My dad owns Patriot Upholstery, so I’m always seeing nice cars. The more I see them, the more I’m intrigued by them,” said Jake, who plans on studying business management next fall at either Bristol Community College or Community College of Rhode Island.

Gary Hahn of Portsmouth (right) shows his 1932 Ford Deuce Coup to Butch Kenny.

Gary Hahn of Portsmouth (right) shows his 1932 Ford Deuce Coup to Butch Kenny.

“I want to follow through with Patriot Upholstery. I want to become the owner someday,” he said.

Patriot Upholstery was one of the sponsors for the event, along with Patriot Petroleum, Saccucci Honda and Hyundai of Newport. The sponsors donated $50 to $100, “which helped pay for all the pre-show costs, like the trophies,” he said.

Jake’s mom works at Hyundai of Newport, as does his mentor for the project, David Brock, who’s also a member of the Portsmouth Rotary Club.

“We eventually came in contact with each other and starting planning this,” said Jake. “I met people along the way like Nick St. John, who have helped me out. He brought about half of these modern cars; they’re called tuners or imports.”

Jake’s own car was also at the high school, but not on official display.

“It’s a 1987 Oldsmobile Delta 88,” he said. “The paint’s falling off, so I don’t really want to show that.”

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  1. Terry Boyd said:

    I wish I had known about this. My son and I certainly would have supported this event. I check all media constantly and never saw this show listed anywhere.

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