Brett Monson WAAAM raffle

Hood River’s Brett Monson was the winner of a 1969 Chevy Custom Sidestep, raffled off in support of WAAAM’s building expansion project. 

Hood River local Brett Monson won the Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museums’ 1969 Chevy Custom Stepside Raffle Truck during the WAAAM Traffic Jam Car Show on July 10.

Monson was not present at the time of the drawing, but as soon as he found out, he was quick to arrive and claim his prize after a short crash course on the ins and outs of old automobiles, said a press release.

A self-proclaimed guy-who-never-wins-anything, Monson enjoys the living history nature of WAAAM and is excited to be taking a part of it home with him.

“WAAAM still has a long way to go before fundraising for our building expansion is complete but this raffle helped us raise just over $22,000,” said Museum Assistant Director Stephanie Hatch.

The 1969 Chevy Custom Stepside Raffle Truck was donated to the museum with the intent to be sold or raffled to help with expanding the museum’s facility to further its existing educational opportunities and become an even better asset to the region.

WAAAM Traffic Jam

WAAAM Traffic Jam: Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum, Hood River, held its Ninth Annual Traffic Jam fundraising event July 10. Organizers reported that the show went well, with a good “middle-of-the-road turnout,” which left them pleasantly surprised — organizers weren’t sure the event would happen this year, given fluctuating COVID restrictions, until about a month prior. Activities during the WAAAM Traffic Jam include both Automobile and Aircraft Restoration Shop tours, engine demonstrations and WAAAM automobile rides.

The museum is located on the Hood River Airport at 1600 Air Museum Road. For more information, visit