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15th Collector Car and Classic Boat Show draws big crowds, lots of praise

Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO: OSWEGO HERITAGE COUNCIL - It was wall-to-wall people at last weekends Oswego Heritage Council Car-Boat Show. The annual extravaganza drew over 4,000 classic car and boat fans.Lake Oswego has a happy capacity for staging events that build a stronger community, and the 15th Annual Oswego Heritage Council Collector Car and Classic Boat Show this past weekend was a perfect example of that.

It is a nice problem to have when too many people show up to get an accurate head count, but OHC board member Bonnie Trumbull estimates that 4,000-5,000 people gazed at more than 300 classic cars, admired classic wooden boats, enjoyed a water-ski spectacular, ate pancakes and much more.

Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO: OSWEGO HERITAGE COUNCIL - Cam Hatton did everything on his 1952 MG-TD except for the chrome. His effort paid off with the Directors Choice Award at the 2014 Car-Boat Show this past weekend.“It seemed to be busier than ever,” said OHC board member Mary Puskas. “The docks couldn’t have held many more people who came to see the boats. Our shuttle busses were always full. That indicated we were at capacity.”

Trumbull, Puskas and the other 100 show volunteers were kept busy for two days, but they still had time to take in the events. The highlight for Trumbull was the arrival of PT 658 on Saturday morning at Foothills Park. Of all the thousands of PT boats built for service in World War II, PT 658 is the only one that’s still seaworthy.

“When PT 658 was coming down the river, I was surprised at how I lost my composure,” Trumbull said.

Puskas said one of her favorite moments happened on State Street, when a stream of old cars motored by.

“Something like that takes you back to another time,” she said. “This event really reflects the history of our community. It makes you appreciate the past.”

Both women said they appreciated the compliments that seemed to follow them everywhere.

“One of the nicest things for me was when somebody saw my badge,” said Trumbull. “They said, ‘Thank you, it’s a beautiful show.’ They said our cars were even better than last year.”

Some of those cars were honored with awards at the show.

Collector car winners included:

Director’s Choice Award: Cam Hatton, 1952 MG-TD

Major Benefactor’s Choice Award, Monte Shelton Jaguar: Jeffery Mincheff, 1955 Jaguar XK140

Owner’s Choice Award: Ben Foster, 1912 Overland

Berentson Memorial Award for Best Motorcycle: Steve Salta, 1946 Indian Chief

Premier Kaer Property Group: Ralph Inman, 1957 Mercedes Benz

Youth Judges Choice: Benjamin Berry, 1981 Silver Delorean

Classic boat winners were:

Major Benefactor’s Choice Award: Aqua Flyer, 1942 Dunphy, owned by Tim Mather of Portland

Distinguished Sponsor’s Choice Award: Decked Out, 1957 Chris Craft Custom Runabout, owned by Dick and Kristen Winn of Lake Oswego

President’s Choice Award: Mumbles, contemporary boat built with plans designed by John Hacker in 1922, owned by Fred and Joanne Mayer of Wilsonville

Director’s Choice Award: Sadie Rose, 1959 Dorsett San Juan, owned by Steve and Marilyn Ellwood of West Linn

Best Century Boat Award: Bizwoo, 1942 Century Sea Maid, owned by Mario and Anne Bisio of Lake Oswego

ACBS Most Original Award: Man O’ War, 1948 Century Resorter, owned by Brit and Joyce Stephens of Lake Oswego

CWC Best Amateur Award: Biscayne Baby, contemporary boat built with plans from a 1926 Purdy Race Boat, owned by Wayne and Jan Purdy of Lake Oswego

Youth Judges Choice: Melanie May, 1955 Century Coronado, owned by Steve and Melanie Spahr of Lake Oswego

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