Vintage cars and boats go on display in Lake Oswego
Annual event is sponsored by Oswego Heritage House
The annual Car and Wooden Boat Show, put on by the Lake Oswego Heritage House, is primed for one of its most successful events ever.
The show - scheduled this year on Aug. 26 - is always the Heritage House's biggest fundraiser but, this year, organizers are please that the boat show will be officially affiliated with the Oswego Heritage Council.
The wooden boat show, which was not held last year, will showcase a number of classic boats, some more than 75 years old.
'We are ecstatic. The Heritage Council offered us this great opportunity. It's something we will look forward to doing every year,' said Kristen Winn, chair of the Wooden Boat Show, now in its tenth year.
Organizers expect that this will bring in even more visitors to the popular car show, now in its eighth year, which drew more than 2,000 onlookers last summer.
A shuttle bus, driving from the US Bank parking lot to George Rogers Park will be available this year with services donated by Laidlaw. This will give attendees opportunities to view some of Oswego's Lake's unique crafts (close to 30 wooden boats are expected to be on display behind the Lake Twin Cinema) and then take a quick jaunt to the park where a wide variety of more than 200 cars will be shown.
'We'll have everything from Volkswagens to Maseratis,' said car show chair Steve Dietz.
It is that variety that makes the annual show unique. Cars will be brought in from locations ranging from Vancouver, Wash., to Salem.
'We're really looking forward to it this year. I think it could be our biggest turnout,' said Nancy Headlee, executive director of the Oswego Heritage Council.
One of the more unique cars to be shown this year will be a rare 1927 Mercedes S sport wagon. The car is owned by Vintage Car Investments Limited and will be shown by Mike Eshaia.
The car is rare and is coveted. Eshaia claims that they seldom come up for sale. And this particular Mercedes is even more unique.
'This is an original car. Someone in Europe used this car. They ran it,' Eshaia said.
A number of different auto clubs will also be present with vehicles on display. Around 50 awards will be handed out during the afternoon and the Lake Oswego Lions Club will be serving pancakes and hamburgers during the day.
Raffle tickets will also be sold for three gift baskets valued at more than $500 apiece. Local businesses contribute to the various items given away in the baskets.
'I think it's going to be a very good show. The weather is usually great and it's just a fun, casual atmosphere,' Headlee said.
Don Rasmussen Mercedes-Benz of Portland and Wilsonville is a major sponsor of the show again this year.
The Car and Wooden Boat show will be held on Sunday, Aug. 26, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.