Organizers prepare for July's Concours d'Elegance in Forest Grove
It's still a month away, but organizers are already gearing up for this summer's Forest Grove Concours d'Elegance car show, set for July 21 at Pacific University.
This year's event will feature more than 300 classic, sport and customs cars and is expected to bring thousands of visitors to the Forest Grove campus, 2043 College Way.
The annual event has been held in Forest Grove since 1972. The largest and longest-running Concours d'Elegance in the Pacific Northwest, the show is the Rotary Club of Forest Grove's largest fundraiser of the year. Proceeds from the show are used by the club to fund local scholarships and community service projects.
Check it out
What: 2019 Forest Grove Concours
Where: Pacific University, 2043 College Way, in Forest Grove
When: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., July 21
Tickets: $17, $15 seniors, $5 children age 13-18
More info: forestgrocecouncours.org.
Each year, Concours is assisted by the local hot-rod community, which will send some eye-popping modified cars to the show, organizers said. This year's Concours celebrates several anniversaries from major car companies, including the 120th anniversary of the Packard motor company, the Detroit-based luxury car company that dominated the 1920s through the 1950s.
"Packards were sought-after not only in American, but abroad, in more than 60 other countries," event organizers said in promotional material released this week.
More than two dozen Packards are expected this year's celebration, including a 1940 convertible, a 1928 Sport Runabout from British Columbia and a 1918 Packard flatbed truck, owned by Matt Pihl of Banks.
This year's show will also highlight Bentley, the British car maker which celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. The company was formed in 1919 by a pair of brothers with a penchant for racing. Several Bentleys will be on display during the show, including a 1956 Series 1 from Lake Oswego and a 1954 Bentley from Canby.
Also on display at this year's Concours will be the Porsche 356. First built in 1948 the 356 established Porsche as a carmaker of nimble, durable sports cars capable of winning big on the racetrack.
"These beautiful examples of automotive excellence are cherished by racers and collectors all over the world," Concours organizers said. On display at this year's show will be the 1953 Porsche 356 owned by Doug Naef of Milwaukie, believed to be the oldest registered operating Porsche in the state.
Concours is also expected to have several notable members of the car collection community, including Gerald Greenfield, of Lake Tapps, Washington, who will serve as the show's senior judge. Since 2003, Greenfield has served as honorary chief judge at the Hilton Head Island Concours d'Elegance. Greenfield is no stranger to Forest Grove. He won Best in Show in 1994 with his 1934 Packard V-12 Dietrich Convertible Victoria.
Noted classic car consultant Donald W. Osborne, will be the 2019 presented. Osborne is a regular on the CNBC TV series "Jay Leno's Garage."
Osborne said the Forest Grove Concours features both high-end collector cars and did-it-myself restorations, making the show a unique event.
"It's the sheer range of cars you get, and the level of enthusiasm," he said. "This is a great regional concours with spectacularly restored cars."
Nic Waller, a member of the Pebble Beach Concours Selection Committee and an editor on the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elégance magazine, The Insider, will serve as co-presenter.
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