Vintage car, boat shows wow em
Crowds turn out, help raise funds for the Oswego Heritage Council
At least 1,500 people attended the 9th annual Oswego Heritage Council Collector Car and Wooden Boat Show last Sunday.
A total of 240 vintage and muscle cars filled George Rogers Park, with 28 antique and classic wooden boats behind the Oswego Lake House restaurant (adjacent to the Lake Twin Cinema.)
Cars ranged from Frank Vaughan's 1912 Model T Ford and 40 other pre-WWII antique cars to Clarence Baker's 2008 Ford Saleen Mustang; the wooden boat flotilla included a 1929 Chris Craft.
Earlier, on Saturday, a dozen wooden boats paraded from one end of the lake to the other.
The show, which was free to both owners and the public, raised nearly $15,000 for the non-profit Oswego Heritage Council. Heritage Council members expressed their thanks for the support of some 50 individuals and local companies.
Major sponsors were Don Rasmussen Company's Mercedes-Benz of Wilsonville and Mercedes-Benz of Portland, and also The Bank of Oswego, the Lake Oswego Corporation, Oswego Lake House Restaurant, and the Headlee sisters.
Vic Keeler (Vic's Auto Center), Roberta Pierce and Pete Stidd have also provided significant support to the show over the years, and Daryl Jefferson of First Student Education Services donated a shuttle bus and driver to move people between the park and lake venues.
Altogether, 43 trophies and ribbons were awarded by sponsors at this year's event. Top prizes included:
Major Benefactor Award
1957 Buick Caballero Wagon
Owner: Dorsey Lewis, Milwaukie
Chosen by Jim Tower, Mercedes-Benz of Wilsonville/Portland
OHC Board of Directors Award
1968 Jaguar E-type convertible
Owner: Howell Cobb, West Linn
Chosen by the Oswego Heritage Council Board of Directors
Driver's Choice Award
1957 Ford F100
Owner: Gary Coe, Portland
Chosen by vote of all the registered car owners at the show
Distinguished Sponsor Awards
n 1953 Chevrolet Truck
Owner: Kim Haakenson, Silverton
Chosen by Gary Dunmire and Dan Heine, The Bank of Oswego
n 1956 Lincoln Premier Hard Top
Owner: Jim Wyffels, McMinnville
Chosen by Nancy Headlee
WOODEN BOAT SHOW TROPHY AWARDS
Major Benefactor Award
1940 Chris Craft Barrelback
Owner: Steve Martin
Distinguished Sponsor's Award
1939 Chris Craft Deluxe Runabout
Owners: Paul Lethbridge and Pauline Cawley
1959 Gyded Missel
Owners: Ken and Sandra Bakke
1959 Mercury Sabre
Owner: Errol Bradley
Oswego Lake House Award
1941 Century Sea Maid
Owner: Mario Bisio
Captain's Choice Award
1946 Chris Craft Runabout
Owners: Jim and Roberta Hall
Chosen by vote of all the registered boat owners at the show
Pat Kennedy of Tualatin, Regina Arrigo of Tigard, and Gary Oswald of Beaverton each won a raffle basket containing $644 of gifts. Nancy Headlee, who is retiring as the OHC executive director, and Linda Dietz contacted local businesses which were generous in their donations of gifts and services. The three artistic baskets, which were created by Dianne Santee, generated more than $1,000 in raffle ticket sales.
The Bank of Oswego's 'wheel of fortune' was a major hit, with raffle ticket purchasers given a spin of the wheel and receiving one of 18 different prizes: Wines, gift certificates, hats, flowers, etc. Judy Davis, public relations officer for The Bank of Oswego, was responsible for providing the wheel; she was assisted by Nina Dunmire.
Tom Sarpola won a $50 gift certificate for Zeppo's Restaurant in the 'Car Expert Contest' by providing the most correct identifications of 12 'mystery cars' displayed on a poster board.
Haggerty Insurance provided cloth bags containing 'goodies' for all the car and boat owners. The bags included a $10 gift certificate from the Oswego Lake House Restaurant.
Once again members of the Lions Club of Lake Oswego sold pancakes at breakfast and hamburgers at lunch to raise funds for their organization; the Lions also help support OHC.
The Oswego Heritage Council - located at A Avenue and Tenth Street - is a non-profit corporation that promotes public awareness of Lake Oswego's historical legacy with a variety of projects such as the Car and Wooden Boat shows, the Lake Oswego Historic Home Tour, the Iron Furnace Restoration Project, First Wednesday at the Heritage House and the Oswego Pioneer Cemetery Project. For more information go to oswegoheritage.org .
Information provided by Richard Santee.