People are often surprised to learn that one of the most prestigious car shows on the West Coast is held in a relatively small Oregon college town just west of Portland.
Since my dad had a role in putting on the first Forest Grove Concours d' Elegance in 1973, I'm proud that the tradition has not only continued, but grown into an annual must-attend destination for thousands of classic and sports car enthusiasts throughout the Pacific Northwest.
This year Lincolns, Woodies and classic Minis will take center stage when the annual display of automotive excellence returns for its 45th year on Sunday, July 16, on the historic, tree-shaded campus of Pacific University.
Honoring a Century of Lincoln Motors cars, the Concours will feature pre-war and post-war Lincoln automobiles. Special classes include Mini from 1959-2000 and wood-bodied station wagons.
Among the 300-plus cars coming are an 1896 Riker Electric, 1923 Lincoln, 1947 Ford Woodie and a 1960 Austin Mini. And, in a nod to 'rods, the show will display the hand-crafted custom Renaissance Roadster, which recently won the prestigious Ridler Award at the Detroit Autorama custom car show.
The show is the Forest Grove Rotary Club's largest annual fundraiser. Each year, the net proceeds are divided equally among the Club's scholarship program and community service projects. Thanks to the Concours d'Elegance, the Rotary Club has returned more than $1 million to the community.
The Concours is thrilled to welcome BMW Portland as its presenting sponsor. Supporting sponsors include Chubb Collector Car Insurance, Sports Car Market magazine, Barrett-Jackson, Kuni Lexus of Portland, the Pamplin Media Group and The Oregonian/Oregonlive.
Gates open at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, July 16 at 2043 College Way in Forest Grove, Oregon. Advance tickets are $17 for adults, $15 for seniors and $5 for children ages 13-18. At the gate, tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors, and $7 for children ages 13-18. Entry is free for children ages 12 and younger.