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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Forest Grove Concours d’Elegance Features American Royalty This Sunday

Duesenberg as depicted in "The Great Gatsby"  -Warner Bros. Pictures
American Royalty, European Presence
The Forest Grove Concours d'Elegance continues it's annual celebration of automotive style and grace this Sunday with sparkling examples of the motoring world's finest displayed studding the shaded grounds of Pacific University. Enlivened with over 300 perfectly groomed and spit-polished automobiles of every era and marque, the show promises it's enviable attendees breath taking rarity, hand built charm and world class prestige tucked around every corner.

1931 Duesenberg Model J owned by Clifford Stranberg
Time to Get Your "Gatsby" On
The 2013 Forest Grove Concours d’Elegance will shine a spotlight on American coachbuilt and luxury automobiles by featuring the 1931 Duesenberg Model J owned by Clifford Stranberg (also the poster car) and the 1931 Duesenberg Model SJ owned by Tom and Susan Armstrong.  The Armstrong car is just one of five examples with a coachbuilt body by Derham. The same car made it's local debut at the ‘Allure of the Automobile’ exhibit at the Portland Art Museum in 2011. LeMay-America's Car Museum will also bring down a 1939 Packard Super 8 Convertible Coupe to continue the patriotic theme. Both of the Hoosier built Duesenbergs have special significance to your very own MotoArigato Founder who was similarly born in Indiana and resided in his early years just a couple of miles down the road from Denny Duesenberg, who, along with his father Fred, created some of the most memorable and successful road and race cars in American history.

A pristine example of the W113 Pagoda SL Roadster as seen at Cars In the Park.
Additionally, the event will celebrate 60-years of the Corvette, while honoring German marque Porsche on it's 50-year anniversary of the 911, with special classes dedicated to each. Further highlights include special recognition of the W113 "Pagoda" SL and the imposing Grand 600, both by Mercedes-Benz and each styled rather successfully by legendary French designer, Paul Bracq.

The judges and presenters are, in usual fashion, as storied as the cars themselves. Automotive author and expert Ken Gross performs duties as Senior Judge. Gross is renowned for his work as Executive Director with LA's Petersen Museum and as a Pebble Beach Concours judge. Keith Martin and Donald Osborne from Sports Car Market Magazine emcee the awards ceremony, and will this year launch a new element to the day's activities by telling the stories behind each car live throughout the day via mobile microphones.

Schedule of Events
Saturday, July 20th
The Vineyard Tour will wind through the picturesque wine country of Willamette Valley to visit an impressive private car collection, then on to Abbey Road Farm for wine tasting, lunch, and presentation of Tour Trophies. On Saturday night, Concours entrants and their guests are invited to the Evening of Elegance Dinner, at 1910 Main St. Bistro.


Sunday, July 21st
5:30AM:  Begin placement of cars
7:45AM:  Judges Meeting in the University Center
8:30AM:  Spectator Gates Open
9:00AM:  Judging of automobiles begins
10:00AM:  Music entertainment on Main Stage
Noon:  Judging to be completed
1:30PM:  Trophy Presentation begins
4:30PM:  Concours concludes and automobiles may leave the display area

Mercedes-Benz of Beaverton; photo: MBCA Portland, OR
Forest Grove Concours d’Elegance is presented by Mercedes-Benz of Beaverton.  Major sponsors include American Car Collector and Sports Car Market magazines, Chubb Collector Car Insurance, The Pamplin Media Group, The Oregonian and Ron Tonkin Gran TurismoAdult Spectator tickets to the Sunday Concours are $20 at the gate, or $17 in advance.  Children 12 and under are free. Advance sale tickets can be purchased on the Concours web site.

The Forest Grove Concours d’Elegance is produced by the Rotary Club of Forest Grove, with all proceeds benefiting Forest Grove Rotary Foundation college scholarships, youth sports, scouting programs and various service projects. The Forest Grove Concours d'Elegance has raised more than one million dollars for the community, including scholarships and financial aid to over 700 Washington County students to Pacific University and other colleges.

Official Website for info, advance tickets, results and more: Forest Grove Concours d'Elegance
Read the follow-up to last year's event here.


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