Craig Murray of Beaverton took top honors Saturday or his 1954 Chevy two-door BelAir hardtop at Forest Grove's Cruis'n The Grove, a pre-event for the annual Concours d'Elegance on Sunday.
Murray's ride was selected Best in Show — as determined by people's voting, not judges. The BelAir features a 350 Chevrolet engine, a Mustang suspension in front and Ford suspension in back. Murray bought it in 2009 and it's brought him good luck; the car took home second place at the 2016 Concours in the category of "Full Custom" cars.
"It's a driver," Murray said of his BelAir. "I drive it all around town and to all sorts of shows. I'll drive it to Seattle and back. I'll drive it back here tomorrow for your big car show."
Gates open at 8:30 a.m. Sunday for the Concours d'Elegance, at 2043 College Way. Advance tickets are $17 for adults, $15 for seniors and $5 for children ages 13 to 18. At the gate, tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors, and $7 for children ages 13 to 18. Entry is free for children ages 12 and younger. Find out more at forestgroveconcours.org.
The Concourse takes place on the campus of Pacific University in Forest Grove. This is the 45th year for the car show, an all-volunteer event coordinated by the Forest Grove Rotary Club. Each year, the net proceeds are divided equally among the club's scholarship program and community service projects.