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.