PORTLAND, Ore. (PORTLAND TRIBUNE) — In another sign of the regional resumption of COVID-19 restrictions, the Forest Grove Concours d’Elegance returns Sunday after a two-year hiatus.
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 the University of the Pacific campus for this year’s show. After two years without a show, we’ve heard from car owners, community members and many more telling us how thrilled they are that we can deliver the full Forest Grove Concours d’Elegance experience,” said Ryan Garcia, president of the show.
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.
“Everyone seems happy to be 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 year after two years of tighter budgets for scholarships and community projects,” García said.
For more information, visit forestgroveconcours.org.
Where: University of the Pacific, Forest Grove
When: Sunday July 17
Tickets: $8 to $20. Free for children 12 and under
7:45 a.m. — All cars in place
8:30 a.m. — Doors open
9:00 a.m. — Car judging begins
11:00 a.m. – Michael Allen Harrison on the main stage
Noon — Judgment over
1:30 p.m. — Presentation of trophies
4:00 p.m. — Presentation of the Best in Show Trophy
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