For the past 14 years, owners of classic cars enamored with the Forest Grove Concours d'Elegance and the Willamette Valley countryside have spent the day before the big auto display outdoors — in their own vehicles.
The 15th annual Vineyard Tour and Dinner will commence Saturday, July 15, in downtown Forest Grove with tour registration and a meeting at 7:30 a.m., said Rick Johnston, chairman of the event. Participants will climb in their cars and take off southward around 9:30 a.m., heading toward Bald Peak State Park near Newberg.
"We'll stop there for a short time so the car owners can visit and look at each other's cars," noted Johnston.
The tour, which will draw some 40 cars entered in the Concours show — from a 1923 Lincoln Roadster 111 to a 1959 Jaguar XK 150 — averages 45 miles in length for 1.5 hours of drive time, Johnston said. This year's destination for a catered luncheon is Oregon Olive Mill and Durant Vineyards, located at Red Ridge Farms in Dayton.
During the mid-day meal, tour trophies will be presented by emcees Keith Martin and Donald Osborne for categories such as "furthest driven" and "oldest car on tour," prefacing an Evening of Elegance dinner at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in North Plains.
The main event, the 45th Forest Grove Concours d'Elegance, takes place July 16.