2018 Concours car show puts the 'class' in classic
This Sunday, the 2018 Forest Grove Concours d'Elegance will celebrate Italian auto maker Alfa Romeos when the popular car show returns to the campus of Pacific University.
On July 15 the slick, smooth Alfa Romeo will take center stage for the 46th annual Concours, with its showcase "The Passion of Alfa Romeo."
For more than 100 years, Alfa Romeo has been an Italian motorsport legend. From the Grand Prix racers of the 1930s, to the beautiful 8C 2900 that dominated the Mille Miglia, to the Giulietta of the 1960s, the Alfa Romeo marque is loved by car collectors all over the world.
This year's Concours d'Elegance will also celebrate the 30th anniversary of Sports Car Market magazine by featuring a special class of automobiles that participate in the SCM 30th Anniversary Tour.
If you go
What: The 2018 Forest Grove Concours d'Elegance
When: Sunday, July 15, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Where: Pacific University, 2043 College Way, in Forest Grove
Parking: Street parking and free public lots. Follow the signs
Cost: Advance tickets: $6-$18.50. Gate tickets: $7-$20. (12 and younger are free). Get advance tickets and more information at forestgroveconcours.org or by calling 503-357-2300.
The car show will fill the campus of Pacific University with more than 300 classic cars. Enjoy live music, food, a beer garden and a wine pavilion. All proceeds benefit Rotary Club Foundation Community Service projects.
One of the most acclaimed classic car shows on the West Coast, the Forest Grove event is one of the longest-running Concours d'Elegance in the Pacific Northwest.
Concours d'Elegance — a French term for a "competition of elegance" — refers to an event where prestigious vehicles are displayed and judged. Concours date back to 17th century France, when aristocrats paraded horse-drawn carriages in Paris during summer weekends and holidays.
Many at the annual event at Pacific University will also likely remember the volunteer work of the late Bob McGill, a tireless organizer of the Alfa Romeo Owners of Oregon. His 1958 Giulietta Spider Abnormale will once again be on display.
Now owned by Alfa Romeo enthusiast Bill Eastman, Old Blue is very familiar to those who knew McGill, who passed away in 2011. The Spyder has had only minor modifications since McGill drove it off the lot at Rambo Motors in Northeast Portland in 1958. He and his wife, Margaret, brought it to the annual event for several years, parking it on the tree-shaded campus.
"Aside from the paint and upholstery on the driver's seat, it all came from Italy," said Eastman. Under McGill's leadership, club membership quickly jumped from half a dozen to about 200.
"He had business cards made up, and would stick one under the windshield of every Alfa he saw," Eastman said.
In addition to McGill's former Spyder, more than Alpha Romeos will be on display, including at least 25 brought by members of Alfa Romeo Owners of Oregon. Among them will be: a meticulously restored 1929 6c 1750 Super Sport Zagato owned by Bob Ames of Portland; a red 1931 8c 2300 Monza, which was driven to victory in the 1933 Mille Miglia by celebrated driver Tazio Nuvloari; 1959 Giulietta Sprint Veloce owned by David Salvador of Portland which recently won People's Choice at the Alfa Romeo Owners of Oregon 50th Anniversary Tour; a 1973 Spider Veloce convertible owned by Jeff and Jeannie Gretz of Hillsboro, who are active members of the local Alfa Romeo Club; and a 1978 Spider Veloce owned by Glenn Dolphin of East Aurora, New York, who got the car from his father and spent the past 18 months fully restoring it with a "slight custom look."
In addition, this year's Concours also highlights 100 years of Chevrolet trucks, including work vehicles. Among those to be displayed are, among others: a 1927 Series LM one-ton truck owned by John Hardy of Battleground, Wash., which was originally purchased by a great uncle for hauling grain in North Dakota; a restored 1931 Chevrolet Hose Wagon owned by David Koetje, of Happy Valley, which was in limited fire suppression duty at a California lumber mill until 1990; and a 1931 Chevy half-ton tow truck owned by Stephen Kassis of Lebanon, complete with a working tow boom.
Nigel Matthews, of Vancouver, B.C., will serve as the car show's senior judge. Matthews is chief judge at the La Jolla Concours d'Elegance in California and the Pinehurst Concours d'Elegance in North Carolina, and is a class judge at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.
Emcees Keith Martin and Donald Osborne will also be on hand. Martin is the founder and publisher of the monthly Sports Car Market and American Car Collector magazines and has been involved in the collector car hobby for more than 30 years. Osborne has served as judge and presenter at many Concours events, and he also appraises and consults on classic and exotic cars across the United States and Europe. He is also a host on "Jay Leno's Garage."
Editor's note: An earlier version of this story misspelled the name of car manufacturer Alfa Romeo on one reference. The story has been updated.
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