Car show's 45th year gears up in Forest Grove
Lincolns, Woodies and classic Minis will take center stage when the Forest Grove Concours d 'Elegance returns for its 45th year on Sunday, July 16, on the campus of Pacific University in Forest Grove.
Honoring a century of Lincoln Motors cars, the Concours will feature pre-war and post-war Lincoln automobiles. Special classes include Mini from 1959-2000 and wood-bodied station wagons.
Among the cars coming are an 1896 Riker Electric, 1923 Lincoln, 1947 Ford Woodie and a 1960 Austin Mini. And, in a nod to 'rods, the show will display the hand-crafted custom Renaissance Roadster, which recently won the prestigious Ridler Award at the Detroit Autorama custom car show (see story, page BXX).
This year, the Concours also will host a special event with classic car historian and appraiser Donald Osborne, who will be signing his new book "Stile Transatlantico/Transatlantic Style — A Romance of Fins and Chrome." An invitation-only class features automobiles that reflect the transatlantic style design themes presented in the book.
Osborne, along with Keith Martin, will also return as an emcees. Martin is the publisher of Sports Car Market and American Car Collector magazines, and emcees significant collector car events including Concorso Italiano, the La Jolla Concours d'Elegance and Keels and Wheels. As the owner of Automotive Valuation Services, Osborne attends major auto events and auctions around the world, is editor-at-large for Sports Car Market magazine and is featured on "Jay Leno's Garage" on CNBC.
The Forest Grove Concours, created in 1973, is an all-volunteer event, coordinated by the Forest Grove Rotary Club, its largest annual fundraiser. Each year, the net proceeds are divided equally among the club's scholarship program and community service projects. Thanks to the Concours d'Elegance, the Rotary Club has returned more than $1 million to the community.
This year's Concours welcomes BMW Portland as its presenting sponsor. Supporting sponsors include Chubb Collector Car Insurance, Sports Car Market magazine, Barrett-Jackson, Kuni Lexus of Portland, Pamplin Media Group and The Oregonian/Oregonlive.
Gates open at 8:30 a.m. July 16 at 2043 College Way. Advance tickets are $17 for adults, $15 for seniors and $5 for children ages 13-18. At the gate, tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors, and $7 for children ages 13-18. Entry is free for children ages 12 and younger.
Visit forestgroveconcours.org for more information.