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Organizers of the annual automotive gathering in inner Southeast Portland promise to do it again in 2022.

COURTESY PHOTO: PTWSC - A typical display at the annual Portland Transmission Warehouse Spring Class.Portland Transmission Warehouse has cancelled its annual downtown car show for the second year because of COVID-19 concerns.

The show, which has always been held the Saturday before Mother's Day, has traditionally draw hundreds of cars and thousands of people to the inner Southeast Portland neighborhood around its shop at 1016 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd. But the show committee decided there was no way to predict what restrictions might exist in early May, and said it was unable to connect with the City of Portland for any guidance and getting the required permits.

"It wasn't an easy decision but we strongly believe it's the right one. With COVID restrictions changing on an almost weekly basis, there was no way to predict what conditions might exist in early May," the committee announced on Friday, April 23.

According to the committee, this year's show was planned as a memorial for Al Stewart, "a shining-light and decades long promoter and participant in Portland's special interest car community." He co-founded the show nearly 40 years ago when only 12 cars participated, and had been the driving force behind it ever since. Stewart passed in November 2020.

"We wanted to honor Al's memory and hard work with a truly fantastic show and there was just no way to do that within the restrictions of staying COVID-safe. There would have been no safe way to register folks or serve the usual cookie, coffee, hotdog, and soda treats, and no awards

ceremony. We also suspected that pent-up demand to "do something" car related would have brought out hundreds of cars and thousands of spectators; some vaccinated, some not, some in masks, many not. We were left with no choice but to cancel what would have been our 38th Annual Spring Gatherin," the committee said.

According to the committee, "Rest assured that the PTW Annual Spring Classic and Gathering will return, the Saturday morning before Mother's Day, May 7th, 2022, and we pledge that it will be better than ever! Thank you for your support in past years and we'll see you in the Spring of 2022."

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