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Collector Car and Wooden Boat show attract 209 cars and 32 boats to Lake Oswego
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The top winners in the classic car show in Lake Oswego are, from left, a 1961 Austin Seven Mini Countryman owned by Bruce and Kern Harding; a 1953 Allard K-3 owned by R. Mike and Donna Kuratli; and a 1954 MG TF owned by Wally Child.

If you like vintage cars or boats, then the eighth annual Oswego Heritage House Board and Collector Car and Wooden Boat Show was the place to be Aug. 26.

A total of 209 cars were on display at George Rogers Park and 32 boats were on display behind the Lake Twin Cinema.

The Oswego Heritage Board and Collector Car and Wooden Boat Show committee members, along with other volunteers man the registration tables, park the cars and sell the raffle tickets for the three gift baskets worth over $690 a piece.

Nancy Headlee, executive director of the Oswego Heritage House, was please with how the day turned out.

'It's my first year with the car show since my sister Sue was the executive director before me. I believe everything ran smoothly, the weather cooperated, the attendees and car show drivers all seemed to enjoy themselves and interacted with each other. We thank people for not taking their bikes in among the cars, keeping their dogs near them and not touching the cars. We had some very valuable cars in attendance and no mishaps. All in all, it's a good family event. I saw lots of young kids and families attending.'

Headlee noted that three gift baskets were raffled off - 'our local business were very generous in their donations of gifts and services ' - and one of the basket winners proved to have an interesting story.

'Alexander Bannatyne from Lake Grove, who was once a member of the U.S. Air Force in World War II with the Pacific Air Sea Rescue, saw an old Army Jeep in the show that brought back memories of Guadalcanal and Bougainville,' she said.

Headlee thought the addition of shuttle buses helped bring the two events together.

'We were most fortunate to have Daryl Jefferson of Laidlaw Education Services donate a shuttle bus and driver to ferry people to and from the two shows. I think that did a lot to combine the two events.'

Altogether, the two shows 'gave out 22 ribbons, 15 plaques and five top glass awards,' she said. 'The top three glass awards are etched with the winning car's image as well as for the top three boat winners.'

Top sponsors were Don Rasmussen Company, Mercedes-Benz of Wilsonville, Mercedes-Benz of Portland, The Bank of Oswego, The Lake Oswego Corporation, Roberta Pierce and the Headlee Girls.

Richard Santee, who helped coordinate the car show, provided a list of the car show winners. They were:

Major Benefactor Award

1961 Austin Seven Mini Countryman

Owners: Bruce and Kern Harding

Chosen by Jim Tower, Rasmussen Mercedes Wilsonville and Portland

Premier Award

1934 Ford Model V8

Owner: Don Braas

Chosen by Dan Heine, The Bank of Oswego

Driver's Choice Award

1954 MG TF

Owner: Wally Child

Chosen by vote of all of the registered owners at the show

OHC Board of Directors Award

1953 Allard K-3

Owners: R. Mike and Donna Kuratli

Chosen by the OHC Board

According to Kristen Winn, chair of the Wooden Boat Show, 'The oldest boat was a 1929 Chris Craft Cadet and the boat from the farthest location was a 1930 Red Dart from Bellevue, Wash.'

Judges selected the Red Dart owned by Jun Morris for the Director's Award and a 1942 Century owned by Mario and Anne Bisio for the Special Sponsor's Award. The Captain's Choice Award went to a 1940 Chris Craft owned by Jeff and Carol Carlson.

Jim Tower, with Rasmussen Company, selected a 1953 Chris Craft owned by Gary and Elaine Lord for the Sponsor's Award.

'We would especially like to thank the major sponsors for their support of our show,' said Winn. 'We would also like to thank Garry Funes, from William Grant and Sons, Stephen Power, from Tigard West Marine, Hagerty Marine Insurance, the Lake Oswego Corporation, Laidlaw Education Services, John Turchi and the Oswego Lake House for their support of the Wooden Boat Show.'

Mike Eshaia, car show committee member, noted that 'It has always amazed me that this little show is such a hit with vintage car and boat people. I don't think that just because it's free to the public and free to the entrants is all that draws the crowds. It could be that Lake Oswego in the last number of years has made an effort to do things that are a betterment for the people that live here and work here …'

Headlee added that 'the Lions Club of Lake Oswego did very well that day selling pancakes and hamburgers. It was a good fundraiser for them, too.'

For more on the Oswego Heritage Council, check out its new Web site at oswegoheritage.org.