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LO classic cars set for Concours in Forest Grove

More than 300 vintage cars will be on display this Sunday at the 36th edition of the car show
by: , SUBMITTED PHOTOS / PAUL MINOR
Lake Oswego residents will be represented at Sunday Concours in Forest Grove.  This 1934 Ford owned by Don Braas will be on display as will John Gordon’s 1967 MG convertible.

Thanks to Don Braas and John Gordon, Lake Oswego will be well represented at the Concours d'Elegance in Forest Grove on Sunday, July 20.

Braas will again be showing his 1934 Ford, a car he has restored from a total wreck to a thing of beauty. He has great affection and nostalgia for this model.

'I had a car like this one in high school,' Braas said.

Gordon has had his classic 1967 MG convertible for more than 40 years. He ordered it directly from the factory in 1966 while he was stationed in Vietnam.

'After I left the Air Force in 1967, I drove the car from LA back to the Midwest, mostly by following Route 66,' Gordon said.

That is appropriate, because the theme for this year's Concours is 'The Classics of Route 66.'

Gordon's car will be making its debut in this year's Forest Grove show. He began the restoration job on the car in 2004 and completed it in 2007.

These two cars will be worthy entrants to the 36th edition of the Concours, which will be held on the campus of Pacific University from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Forest Grove.

More than 300 perfectly restored antique, classic, sport and collectors cars - everything from the earliest horseless carriages to the super exotics of the 21st century - a true feast for the eyes for car lovers. Prior to Sunday's showcase, Saturday will feature the Vineyard and Lake Tour, which will conclude with the Evening of Elegance banquet at the clubhouse at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club.

There will be much more. Spectators will be able to enjoy live musical entertainment, fine food, a wine tasting pavilion, and several displays of artwork by local artists.

Admission at the gate is $15 for adults and $7 for kids aged 6 to 16. Children under age 6 will be admitted free of charge. Discount advance tickets are $12 and $5 and can be purchased by calling 503-357-3006. More information about the 2008 Concours d'Elegance can be obtained by calling 503-357-2300.

Car owners like Braas and Gordon have spent countless hours and thousands of dollars to restore vehicles to the way they looked when they were new; in some cases 100 years ago. Some of the vehicles on display are so rare that there are now fewer than 10 of them in the world. Auction prices on some of the cars have exceeded $1 million dollars.

The event will feature 40 classes of entries. Cars can be entered for judging or for display only.

For more information, go to www.forestgroveconcours.org .