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The annual car show, put on by the Forest Grove Rotary Club, is July 21 at Pacific University.

PMG PHOTO - Plans are in the works for this year's Concours d'Elegance car show, held at Pacific University in Forest Grove every July.Classic cars are coming back to Forest Grove on Sunday, July 21.

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 is also 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 '50s, 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.

Categories 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, Calif. — 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 forestgroveconcours.org.

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 from across North America. Cars this year are coming from as far away as North Carolina, as well as from Canada.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.

By Mark Miller
Editor, Forest Grove News-Times
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