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The annual Concours d’Elegance is back at the University of the Pacific after a two-year pandemic hiatus.

In another sign of the regional resumption of COVID-19 restrictions, the Forest Grove Concours d’Elegance returns after a two-year hiatus on Sunday July 17.

The auto show is the premier Concours show in the Pacific Northwest. Founded in 1973, it offered more than 300 classic and modified automobiles spread under the shaded campus of Pacific University, 25 miles west of Portland.

“We are thrilled to be back on campus at the University of the Pacific for this year’s show. After two years without a show, we’ve heard from car owners, community members and others telling us how thrilled they were that we could offer the full Forest Grove Concours d’Elegance experience,” said show chairman Ryan Garcia.

This year’s show will celebrate Jaguar and other British Elegance vehicles, with feature classes for Bentley, Rolls Royce, and more.

Among those showing off their British babies will be Happy Valley’s Richard and Linda Olson. Linda’s father bought the new 1954 Jaguar XK120 SE OTS, but hid it in the garage when the two-seat roadster proved impractical for a growing family. The couple began restoring “dad’s car” in late 2019, and after a lot of hard work, it will make its Concours debut on Sunday.

“Our goal is to keep the car as original as possible,” Rich said. “Some of the original parts, like the gas tank, radiator and water pump had to be rebuilt (but) there are no missing parts, and nothing has been added that wasn’t in storage at the time the car was built.”

This will be the couple’s first time participating in the Contest, and they’re excited to finally see what they’ve heard about.

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - The engine of the 1954 Jaguar restored by Richard and Linda Olson which will be at the Forest Grove Concours d'Elegance on Sunday July 17.“We can’t wait to see more cars and talk to other enthusiasts,” said Rich.

The Rotary Club of Forest Grove produces the all-volunteer show. It is the service organization’s largest annual fundraiser, with net proceeds split equally between the club’s scholarship program and community service projects. Through the Concours d’Elegance, the Rotary Club of Forest Grove has donated more than $1 million to the community.

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - The interior of the 1954 Jaguar restored by Richard and Linda Olson which will be at the Forest Grove Concours d'Elegance on Sunday July 17.“Everyone seems excited to get involved this year. Community members and the University of the Pacific are reaching out to lend their support, new and returning car owners are registering hundreds of cars, and the Forest Grove Rotary Club is thrilled to have the primary source of fundraising for the next two years of tighter budgets for scholarships and community projects,” said Garcia.

For more information, visit forestgroveconcours.org.

Forest Grove Concours d’Elegance Where: Pacific University, Forest Grove

When: Sunday July 17

Tickets: $8 to $20. Free for children 12 and under

Scheduled event:

7:45 a.m. — All cars in place 8:30 a.m. — Gates open 9 a.m. — Car judging begins 11 a.m. — Michael Allen Harrison on the main stage Noon — Judging ends 1:30 p.m. — Trophies presentation 4 p.m. — Presentation of the Best in Show Trophy


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