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Vintage car, boat shows wow em

Crowds turn out, help raise funds for the Oswego Heritage Council
by: TREVOR NELSON, 
The Major Benefactor award went to this 1957 Buick Wagon owned by Dorsey Lewis, right. Jim Tower, Mercedes-Benz, Portland, is shown at left.

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:

CAR SHOW

TROPHY AWARDS

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

Director's Award

1959 Gyded Missel

Owners: Ken and Sandra Bakke

President's Award

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.