Monday, July 9, 2012

Forest Grove Concours d'Elegance is This Sunday July 15th

The 1952 LeMans winning Mercedes-Benz 300SL is the featured vehicle this year.
This Sunday's Forest Grove Concours d'Elegance, sponsored by the Rotary Club, is counted among our favorite Oregon rites of summer and one of the most enjoyable family-friendly events on the West Coast. Enlivening the picturesque campus of Pacific University, gear heads and their families happily make a day of the annual event ambling amongst evergreens studded with shimmering examples of automotive treasure. Significant others who may tire of the seemingly endless parade of hand-formed sheet metal can occupy themselves among the grounds by enjoying conversation over well-crafted meals and drinks, or wander the nearby streets of friendly Forest Grove exploring it's antique stores, charming shops and historic neighborhoods.

Car clubs use this as an opportunity to meet old friends, make new ones and encourage membership. The lawn is filled with tasteful vendor kiosks offering wares such as fine automobile art, photography and event memorabilia.

The used car corral offers everyone the opportunity to bring home a dream ride of their very own, even if it may not be that Bugatti or Aston Martin they ogled on the show field.

Event spokesman, Jim Crisp, notes there is little concern about weather for the upcoming Concours, "Although there was considerable rainfall at last year's event, people who attended still enjoyed the 260 cars that showed up in spite of the rain."  Crisp explains that rain is quite rare at the event due to some clever planning on the part of the early event organizers, "Forty years ago, the third Sunday on July was selected by the Concours committee because records showed that, historically, it is the driest day of the year in our area. It turned out to be a good choice because during the last forty years, last year was the first and only year that we closed the show early because of rain. So, based of that historical data, I am going to forecast that we are going to have good weather the day of our show for the next forty years."

For specific details on this year's event, be sure to check out our previous article with all the what-when & where of it all: Forest Grove Concours d'Elegance to Celebrate Mercedes-Benz

With over 300 individual vehicles on display, in 50+ classes, there's sure to be something parked on the lawn this Sunday that sparks your plug.

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