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Clackamas County car owners head to annual car show, put on by the Forest Grove Rotary Club, July 21 at Pacific University

Dozens of classic-car owners from Clackamas County, including from Milwaukie and Oregon City, will be showing their historic vehicles in Forest Grove on Sunday, July 21.

COURTESY PHOTO: JOHN M. VINCENT - This 1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K won the Best in Show award at the Forest Grove Concours d'Elegance in 2016.Concours d'Elegance, one of Forest Grove's most highly anticipated events of the year, is expected to feature more than 300 vehicles, including classic and custom cars. This year, there are 50 categories for owners to enter their vehicles to be judged.

The show's theme is threefold.

In 1919, celebrated British automaker Bentley Motors Ltd. was founded. Concours d'Elegance will feature at least two 1950s-vintage Bentleys owned by Portland-area residents as it honors 100 years of Bentley cars.

Concours d'Elegance also is celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Packard Motor Car Co., an American luxury car brand founded in 1899. Although the company went out of business in the 1950s, Packard-built vehicles remain coveted collector items, and at least one — a 1918 truck owned by Matt Pihl of Banks — will be featured at Concours d'Elegance this year.

Another milestone in automotive history that Concours d'Elegance will pay tribute to is the introduction of the Porsche 356, widely considered the first great Porsche sports racer, in 1948. Doug Naef of Milwaukie is slated to bring his 1953 Porsche 356, which is believed to be the oldest operating Porsche in Oregon, to the show.

Naef said he tested the "easily 85" mph top speed of his Porsche at the Portland International Raceway, and it usually gets 35 miles per gallon. Produced in November of 1952, the Porsche has been driven to the Rennsport Reunion in Monterey. He plans to drive it this fall to the Oct. 2-6 High Desert Holiday gathering in Flagstaff, Arizona.

"It's fairly primitive transportation, since some of the components come off a Volkswagen," Naef said. "I do get lots of thumbs-up while I drive it around."

Categories at this year's Concours d'Elegance show include modern super cars, retired race cars, vintage motorcycles, and entries from various periods, automakers and models of well-known cars like the Porsche 911 and Chevrolet Corvette. Each category will be judged and awarded separately.

Donald W. Osborne, whom attendees may know from his appearances on the CNBC show "Jay Leno's Garage," will be this year's presenter.

"This is a great regional Concours with spectacularly restored cars," Osborne said in a statement.

Nic Waller, editor of The Insider in Pebble Beach, California — home of the best-known Concours d'Elegance show — will co-present.

As usual, Pacific University is the venue for the Forest Grove Concours d'Elegance. The show will open at 8 a.m. and continue until 4:30 p.m.

Admission is $17, or $15 for seniors and $5 for teens ages 13 to 18. Children under 12 get free admission.

Tickets can be purchased online at

This marks the 47th year since the Forest Grove Rotary Club staged the first Concours d'Elegance. It has become an annual tradition in Forest Grove, as well as a draw for classic car owners and enthusiasts.

Get revved

Participants in the Concours d'Elegance

event will include:

Bill Graham, Clackamas: 1972 Pontiac Grand Prix

Larry Hannan, Clackamas: 2008 Porsche Cayman S

Chuck Hervey, Clackamas: 1971 Porsche 911T Targa

Rich King, Clackamas:

1952 MG TD

Kip Rowles, Clackamas: 1964 Chevrolet Bill Thomas Cheetah

Gary Groff, Damascus: 1966 Dodge Monaco 500

Jeff & Ardith Olson, Damascus: 1932 Ford Hiboy roadster

Alan Shaw, Damascus: 1951 Chevrolet Pickup

Jim & Suzanne Warman, Damascus: 1935 Packard

120 Convertable

Vern Farris, Gladstone: 1957 Chevrolet BelAir

Dave Kurtz, Happy Valley: 1968 Triumph 250

Roy & Judy Burge, Milwaukie: 1938 Pontiac Cabriolet 2 dr coupe

Dale Johnson, Milwaukie: 1952 Chevrolet 2 door Hard Top

Emory Molchan, Milwaukie: 1954 Chevrolet Corvette

Doug Naef, Milwaukie: 1953 Porsche 356 Pre A

Jim & Jean Townsend, Milwaukie: 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air

Carrol Bartol, Oregon City: 1961 Chevrolet Impala

Chris Church, Oregon City: 1940 Ford Pickup

Pat Given, Oregon City: 1934 Ford Roadster

Roger Klick, Oregon City: 1940 Ford Deluxe Coupe

Michelle Langer, Oregon City: 1974 Toyota Celica

Michael McCarthy, Oregon City: 1928 Franklin Airman Series 12-B

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