|Duesenberg as depicted in "The Great Gatsby" -Warner Bros. Pictures|
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|
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.|
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|
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.