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Beaverton car owners to display vintage VW at auto show

Rick and Gloria Pogue will bring their 1967 Karmann Ghia to the show

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Rick and Gloria Pogue will display their 1967 Karman Ghia during the annual Forest Grove Concours d'Elegance from July 17-19 on the campus of Pacific University.When the 44th annual Forest Grove Concours d'Elegance takes place in two weeks, it will have a distinctly German flavor but offer a variety of classic cars sure to please every auto enthusiast, thanks in part to Rick and Gloria Pogue.

The Pogues, of Beaverton, are bringing their 1967 Karmann Ghia to the show. Made by Volkswagen, the coupes were once the top imported car in America, offering a sleeker, sportier look than their “Bug” cousin.

Over the past 44 years, Forest Grove's Concours d'Elegance has drawn thousands of car buffs to the Pacific University’s shaded campus to fawn over meticulously maintained Maseratis, Bentleys and Ferraris, and admire pristine Packards, Chevys, Fords and Buicks.

This year’s show, on Sunday, July 17, will feature 'Allure of the Autobahn — Speed and Style,' celebrating Porsche Motorsports, Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen and 100 Years of BMW.

The 300 entrants for 2016 include a pair of German competition cars from Ernie Spada Jr., the 2016 show’s featured collector. Spada, of Lake Oswego, will bring a 1985 Porsche 962 and a 2008 Porsche RSR "Flying Lizard."

Kevin Blount, of Portland, has entered a 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL "Gullwing” — an iconic car that is a true legend of the Autobahn. Cameron Healy, of Portland, has entered a 1968 Porsche 908 that was raced in the late ‘60s. Peter Gleeson, from Seattle, has entered a rare 1981 BMW M1. And, Mike and Pam Burback, of Boring, will display a 1964 VW Beetle with only 22 original miles on the odometer.

As usual, the show organizers from the Forest Grove Rotary Club have lined up a stellar class of cars, and car experts. Miles Collier, artist, philanthropist, and noted authority on collector cars, is the 2016 Senior Judge. Keith Martin and Donald Osborne from Sports Car Market magazine will again emcee the awards ceremony, telling the stories behind each car.

In addition to turning heads, the famed automobile show, run completely by volunteers, has also raised more than $1 million for more than 700 student scholarships and youth and community service projects funded by the Forest Grove Rotary Club.


This year’s Concours d’ Elegance will pay tribute to Portland racer Monte Shelton. In Shelton’s 56-year racing career, he has won the Portland Rose Cup Race seven times, and campaigned Porsches at many tracks around the United States. Since the Forest Grove Concours d’Elegance was founded in 1973, he has participated as a judge or entrant every year except two.  


Several other Beaverton auto enthusiasts will be bringing their prized classic cars to Forest Grove on July 17. Among them:

Rufus Aylwin, 1958 Cadillac Eldorado Biarittz

Richard Schmidt, 1949 Chevrolet Deluxe

John and Margy Imlay, 1941 Packard 16

Dave Fast, 1970 Chevolet Monte Carlo

Thomas Taylor, 1953 Packard 300

Matthew Mavrolas, 1967 Plymouth Satellite


Rick and Gloria Pogue: 503-805-2942

Allen Stephens, chairman, 2016 Concours Committee: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

John Schrag, chairman, Concours publicity committee: 971-226-2007