Thursday, July 4, 2019

Portland, Oregon Calendar of Automotive Events for Summer 2019

A scene from a previous Forest Grove Concours d'Elegance

Portland, Oregon Calendar of Automotive Events for Summer 2019
By Marrs

*All titles are clickable links to the event homepage.

Cars & Coffee
Saturdays, 8am 2019
Weekly gathering of elite and unique vehicles at the World of Speed Museum just south of Portland in Wilsonville, OR. Some weeks have a featured marque or particular theme. Event runs rain or shine. No pre-registration or cost to attend or display your car, just show up!

Beaches Cruise-In
Wednesdays, June-September, 2019
Weekly event held on Wednesday nights June through September at Portland International Raceway (PIR), features up to 1,000 (!!!) cars on show, live music on stage. food, family fun, and drag races later in the day.

Rose Cup Races
July 12-14, 2019
This is the 59th running of the oldest race event West of the Mississippi, and one of the very first major track events at PIR. Part of the city's Rose Festival events, and held at a public park (yup, PIR is a city park!), this always signals the start of the hardcore summer racing season. Rose Cup Races on Facebook.

Forest Grove Concours d'Elegance
July 21, 2019
The top-shelf experience for anyone with a passion for automobiles in the Pacific Northwest. The featured classes for 2019 are, 120 Years of Packard, Over 70 Years of Porsche 356, and 100 Years of Bentley. Whether your interest is purely mechanical, or lies in the appreciation of the slender lines of a bygone era, families can enjoy a day spent among the cool shaded lawn of Pacific University while communing with old and new friends alike, all who share your passion for elegant motorcars. A vineyard tour is available to previous day, Saturday, July 20th.

Portland Vintage Racing Festival (formerly: Portland Historic Races)
July 25-28, 2019
One of the finest motoring events in the Oregon, this show has hundreds of show cars on display, over 200 vintage race cars competing on the track in various classes, and many more automotive gems to be spotted in the parking lot. The event features a weekend full of vintage racing, Car Corrals from various area clubs, an art contest, food, kids area, vendors, parade of show cars, Land-Rover off road experience, and a slalom course that anyone may participate in.

Monte Shelton Northwest Classic Motorcar Rally
(Formerly the Monte Shelton NW Classic Rally)
August 1-4, 2019
An extended weekend rally/road tour for pre-1981 vehicles roaming the beautiful Oregon countryside in this beloved regional event, sponsored by the Alfa Romeo club. The rally website says, "Each year the Northwest Classic Rally visits a wonderful resort where we end Friday’s and Saturday’s rallying and touring with social activities including optional car washing, general tire-kicking and banquet dinners, and we conclude the event on Sunday morning with the Awards Brunch."
See a tribute to Monte Shelton here: Remembering Monte Shelton

Adult Soapbox Derby
August 17, 2019
An annual event that features homebuilt, and incredibly creative, soapbox racers of all types and themes that compete in a series of heats to crown one team the Adult Soapbox Champions of Portland! Mt. Tabor is the setting for this event that feels like the city's biggest neighborhood BBQ with camaraderie and good times for attendees, food, beer and some souvenirs available for purchase. Event runs from 10a-4ish pm.

Lake Oswego 18th annual Collector Car & Classic Boat Show
August 25th, 2019
"Every year, the Oswego Heritage Council proudly presents the Annual Collector Car & Classic Boat Show. What started out as a handful of local classic cars on display in Millennium Plaza has expanded to a huge show with cars and boats from all over the area. The show now draws thousands of people and has takes place in two of beautiful Lake Oswego's parks.
As always, there is no cost for admission to any of the event’s locations. This is the only show in the tri-county area that combines collector cars and classic boats." -Lake Oswego Heritage Council

All British Field Meet (ABFM) and SOVREN Races
September 6-8, 2019
If you like a Triumph Stag as much as a dark ale, or if a Bentley 3.5 litre gets your knickers in a tizzy, then this is the show for you. 800+ British cars gather at PIR for what has to be the most laid-back and utterly enjoyable show of the season. Wind down the summer with racing, cars on display, food and all around good times. The event celebrates a featured marque every year. Be sure to check the Event Schedule here to ensure you see what you want. The car show is Saturday only, and the swap meet is Sunday only for example.

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Hispano Suiza Readies a Comeback from Two Different Builders

Hispano Suiza Carmen concept.
Hispano Suiza Readies a Comeback from Two Different Builders

Hispano Suiza is one of those companies that not many are familiar with today outside of the Concours d'Elegance crowd. The long, powerful lines of the hand-built Spanish automobiles were never common things owing to their high price and low production numbers, but nonetheless could be found prowling the fashionable avenues of Paris, the damp and narrow streets of London, or the dusty roads of early Hollywood. You had to BE somebody or KNOW somebody to be on the Hispano Suiza client list.

Hispano Suiza were always rare, elegant, and expensive.
The company went down a long and convoluted path of ownership and manufacture of various products besides automobiles at certain points in it's history to include aircraft engines and weapons during the Spanish Civil War and World War II. The details of which are perhaps best left to the magicians at Wikipedia who can unravel the company's lineage better than we could.

Jay Leno's custom-bodied Hispano-Suiza built around an aircraft engine.

Step through your time-portal into the year 2019 and the world is yet again presented with a pair of vehicle models bearing the name Hispano Suiza, but no different than a century prior, these brands are run completely independently of one another with each claiming rights to the name. While we let the lawyers sort that all out, let's have a look at the two cars and see if we can determine which is most likely to become a viable automotive product in the near future.

Hispano Suiza Maguari HS1 GTC

This concept is presented by a Swiss manufacturer headed up by Austrian Erwin Leo Himmel. His version is based on an Audi R8 and was originally presented and panned for production in 2009-11 but this stork never got off the ground. 

Himmel states that he would like to build 300 production examples of the vehicle. We are curious, since its based on the previous R8, will the new incarnation still use the older R8 architecture or switch to the newest one? Most likely it will retain the underpinnings of the earlier car because the styling has been completed for over a decade and to refit to the newer chassis would be akin to starting from scratch.

The Maguari HS1 GTC uses the Lamborghini/Audi V-10 to power it's wheels and is planned to be a super car competitor in an already crowded field.

Hispano Suiza Carmen

The Carmen comes to us from Miguel Suque Mateu, grandson of the company founder, and is styled loosely after the 1938 Hispano-Suiza H6C Dubonnet Xenia. The back half seems to reflect this design language the most, and the rear view is something to behold.

This car is not based on any existing chassis and will be built from the ground up and is intended more as a grand tourer than a pure sports car.

The Carmen uses duel electric motors to propel itself silently down the roadway, surely a bit more modern in concept if not by appearances. The plan is to build 19 examples at a price of $2.2-million each.

Spun wheel cover on the Dubonnet Xenia.
Modern interpretation of the wheel cover on the Carmen.

So what do you think, which would you rather be seen pulling up to a fancy Basque restaurant in? 
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