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.“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.”