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A young Brenden Adams use to do yard work at family friend Mike and Ginger McIntosh’s house in exchange for money. During those work days Brenden would stare at Mike’s old 1980 Trans-Am, prompting a deal to be struck between the two that someday Adams would buy it from him.

Since 4 months old, Adams has struggled with a rare genetic disorder that has caused him to grow too fast and way beyond average height. In fact, Adams held the record at one point for being the tallest teenager in the world.

Today, Adams towers over people at 7-feet 8-inches, but like many young men who are bitten by the car bug early, it’s hard to shake a passion for a classic car; even when you’re too tall to drive one.

“I told Brenden I’d sell it to him for like $500,” Mike McIntosh said.

In 2011 the entire community and state came together and made that dream a reality by presenting Brenden with the car completely rebuilt for his 16th birthday at the Iron on the Lawn car show. Unfortunately, Adams literally outgrew the car several years later and had to make a more practical car investment to accommodate his needs.

Eight years later, the Iron on the Lawn car show came back in full throttle on Saturday after a hiatus. The car show was originally created to help raise money for Adams’ medical bills combined with a shared love for cars among Adams and his supporters.

According to Adams, his grandfather would take him all over Washington to look at vintage cars.

The two of them would spend hours examining the old cars with their own quirks and styles, restored to their original beauty, a contrast to the generic mass-produced cars they would see on the ride over.

Adams requested the show this year not be aimed for the purpose of fundraising, but rather to bring the community back together for a fun day and to share words with old friends.

Many of the people who showed up to the car show either knew Adams on a personal level or were motivated after hearing his story.

Sitting between his rebuilt truck and a booth filled with original artwork, Adams sat smiling while people flipped through pages of his drawings.

Adams said he spends his free time drawing or working on his 2004 Chevrolet Silverado modded in the style of a trophy truck.

Due to his lack of mobility it has been difficult for Adams to find a job, but drawing has been a way to fill his time, as well as act as a source of income.

Adams explained his style of art has focused on drawing pictures of celebrities, a tactic he described as a way to brand his artwork, but also stand out in Ellensburg’s Western-dominated market.

“Everybody has their favorite celebrity, music artists or movie star,” Adams said. “It’s just one way I can connect with people. When I start a commissioned drawing, start to finish it takes me about a month. But I draw for like an hour, two hours a day.”

So far, Adams is tied between the drawing of the rapper Method Man and Marilyn Monroe as his favorite pieces. In fact, he’s even been able to give some of his celebrity drawings to the super stars themselves, the most recent being rapper Redman from the Wu-Tang Clan.

Like most people in their 20s, Adams doesn’t know what’s next, whether he will stay in Ellensburg all his life or venture out.

Right now he is focused on making and selling art and investing it back into his truck. Adams leans up against his truck smiling, “I want to put a roll cage in it next.”


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