The Oswego Heritage Council's 20th annual Collector Car and Classic Boat Show returns to Lake Oswego's George Rogers Park and Sundeleaf Plaza this Sunday, Aug. 25 for a day of family fun that helps support the Oswego Heritage House and Museum.
In 2019, the event will feature more than 250 collector cars and a few dozen classic boats in what has become a regional draw for Lake Oswego and a huge boon to the Heritage Council in its mission to preserve and catalog the history and culture of this community.
The Oswego Heritage Council invites you, your family and friends to come join in this one-day community event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in George Rogers Parks, 611 S State St., and Sundeleaf Plaza, 120 S State St.
"We have people showing up from states away to come to this event," said Miles Eshaia, OHC Board member and organizer of the show. "What I think is kind of unique is that this show provides a level of intimacy where you can talk to the owners, hear their stories about how some of these cars have been in families for generations and really connect."
In that way, Eshaia notes, the OHC's Collector Car & Classic Boat Show carries the same atmosphere and intention as it did 20 years ago.
Walking through rows of handsome vehicles in the heart of George Rogers Park will take you back to a time period when cars were simpler, yet so much more complex. From the shiniest curvature of the body intended to drop jaws, to the scientific placement of a single valve within the engine compartment to improve efficiency, these are some seriously beautiful pieces of automotive art.
"Bringing together multiple generations to experience the history of fine cars & boats is one way to celebrate our history and community," said Nancy Niland, OHC Executive Director. "It perfectly exemplifies the mission of Oswego Heritage Council: to preserve & promote the history & culture of Lake Oswego. What better way for people to interact with history?"
Instead of a featured marque, this year's show will feature a time period — many of the vehicles that will be on display will be from between 1915 and 1948, otherwise known as Pre-World War II Classics as defined by the Classic Car Club of America (CCCA).
"I'm excited to see some really big classic cars, and I particularly love the early 1930s," Eshaia said. "A lot of these vehicles are a part of our nation's history in one way or another. They represent the style of that time."
Cars will be driven onto the field at George Rogers Park in the morning, with the Lake Oswego Lions Club serving its signature pancake breakfast in the morning starting at 7:30 a.m. and burgers beginning after 11 a.m.
The show will again feature the Dr. Quinton-Cox Memorial Poker Run Car Tour on Saturday, Aug. 24. Participants can register starting at 9 a.m. in the parking lot of the downtown Safeway, 401 A Avenue, with cars leaving beginning at 10 a.m. at 30-second intervals.
The car tour will take participants to five historic locations around Lake Oswego and beyond, ending at Tumwater Vineyard, 375 SW Barrel House Way, West Linn, where there will be an awards ceremony and barbecue from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
"You don't have to have a classic car to join the car tour," said Philip Quinton-Cox, the event's organizer and son of the late Dr. Robert Quinton-Cox. "If someone wants to join the tour in a nice new convertible with air condition so they don't have to worry about breaking down on the way, they're more than welcome."
Money raised by the poker run will go help fund the Dr. Quinton-Cox Memorial Scholarship at Oregon Health and Sciences University where Robert Quinton-Cox was a longtime professor of anatomy and histology. Sponsors of the poke run include Safeway, Tumwater Vineyard, O'Reilly Auto Parts, Goodyear Auto Repair, Zupan's, Erickson's Auto Repair and Party Fair.
Every participant receives two playing cards at the tour's beginning with a $5 buy-in donation. At each of the tour's stopping points, participants acquire additional playing cards at a cost of $5 each. You can pick up as many as you like at any of the stops to build your best five-card poker hand. At the end of the tour, prize baskets will be awarded for 1st ($300 value), 2nd ($200 value), and 3rd place poker winners.
According to Eshaia, this show would not be possible without the volunteer hours of the various members of the Oswego Heritage Council, as well as generous sponsors including presenting sponsor Jaguar Land Rover of Portland, as well as Kaer Property Group, Buckley Law, P.C., and HomeStreet Bank. Thanks to them the Oswego Heritage Council is able to present this show with no cost for admission.
"The entirety of this show exists not only because it's a wonderful community event, but it also keeps the doors open here at the Oswego Heritage House and Museum, which is so important to this community and the families that have been here for a long time," Eshaia said.
For more information, visit the Oswego Heritage Council's website.
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