More than 6,000 people flocked to Lake Oswego over the weekend for the Oswego Heritage Council's 18th-annual Collector Car and Classic Boat Show — a 20-percent increase over last year, organizers say, and more visitors from outside the city than ever before.
"It was packed. It was unbelievable," says Jim Rathbun, this year's show chairman. "People love our show because really, at the end of the day, it's absolutely friendly, and simply about having a good time."
The three-pronged show included more than 240 cars and motorcycles at George Rogers Park, 38 boats at Sundeleaf Plaza and an assortment of military vehicles and vessels — including the only World War II-era PT boat still operating on the water today — at Foothills Park.
"We had all the Austin-Healeys you'd ever want to see," Rathbun says, "and the Lions Club fed huge amounts of pancakes and hamburgers."
Proceeds from the two-day show will benefit the Oswego Heritage Council's education and preservation efforts, but show-goers also had other opportunities to give back. With visitors' help on Saturday, Lake Oswego-based Tools4Troops delivered an auxiliary generator, a free-standing drill press and a huge assortment of tools and other equipment to Vet Connect, a nonprofit that repairs small vessels and hosts fishing trips for veterans.
And on Sunday, Buckley Law P.C. and New Seasons Market teamed up to sponsor a booth in George Rogers Park for Hunger Fighters Oregon, which collected donations for its Lake Oswego food bank.
None of it would have been possible, says Oswego Heritage Council Executive Director Nancy Niland , without Rathbun and the 23 members of his organizing committee.
"So much of the work was done beforehand," Niland says, "so by the time we got to the weekened, well, it was just fun."
— The Review