Damascus pickup will shine on Sunday
FOREST GROVE, OR -- The Forest Grove Concours d'Elegance is often described as dazzling display of cars. But each year there are also plenty of classic and modified trucks, and this year there will be even more than usual. That's because in addition to focusing on sleek Alfa Romeos, the 2018 Concours is also celebrating "100 years of Chevrolet Trucks."
Among those bringing their modified and restored rigs to the Pacific University campus on Sunday are:
Alan Shaw of Damascus, who has owned his 1951 Chevrolet pickup since 1995. This will be the Chevy's third trip to the Pacific University campus where it's picked up a few awards. In 2008 Shaw's truck was inducted into the Portland Roadster Show Hall of Fame.
Larry and Jerry Jones of Beaverton, who have owned their 1950 Chevy panel truck since 2006. The truck, making its second appearance in Forest Grove, has been modified a bit to make it shorter and lower than when it rolled off the lot 68 years ago, and features an all-leather interior that matches the exterior paint.
Roy Asbahr of Gresham, who spent two years restoring his 1949 Chevy Suburban. For Asbahr, a prominent local auto enthusiast, this vehicle has a family connection. "On Jan 13, 1949, my father purchased this exact model from Hamby Chevrolet in Hillsboro," he said. After 15 years, the trusty Suburban was gone, but not Asbahr's fond memories of the vehicle. So he was happy to find one for sale and bring it back to its original glory. The truck is completely stock, with no modifications and "sure looks different" than a modern Suburban, he says.
Craig Swinford, of Portland, whose 1953 panel truck will be making its Concours debut on Sunday. Swinford, who bought the Chevy 10 years ago, said its original owner, Tygh Valley Lumber, purchased it on July 30, 1953 at Sunset Motors in The Dalles and used the vehicle for a first aid truck. There must not have been many mishaps at the lumber company because the truck has just 23,000 miles on it. Three years ago the Vintage Chevrolet Club of America certified the truck as a "historically preserved original," Swindford said.
Now in its 46th year, the 2018 Forest Grove Concours d'Elegance will feature more than 300 classic, sport and custom cars, drawing thousands of visitors to the campus of Pacific University, just west of Portland. Those who attend on Sunday will find some exotic museum-quality automobiles, from around the Pacific Northwest.
The all-volunteer show, produced by the Rotary Club of Forest Grove, is the largest and longest-running Concours d-Elegance in the Pacific Northwest. And with vehicles competing in 50 judged classes, it's considered one of the premier classic car shows on the West Coast. BMW Portland is the 2018 presenting sponsor.
Created in 1973, the Forest Grove Concours d'Elegance is an all-volunteer event, coordinated by the Rotary Club of Forest Grove, and serves as the service organization's 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 of Forest Grove has returned more than $1 million to the community.
What: The 2018 Forest Grove Concours d' Elegance
When: Sunday, July 15, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Where: Pacific University's Forest Grove Campus, 2043 College Way.
Parking: Street parking and free public lots. Follow the signs.
Cost: Advance tickets: $6-$18.50. Gate tickets: $7-$20. (12 and under are free)
Get advance tickets and more information at forestgroveconcours.org or by calling 503-357-2300.