Less than a month after Concours d’Elegance cleared off the lawns at Pacific University, 80 or more British-made sports cars will motor onto the campus this weekend for the Forest Grove debut of the annual All Triumph Drive-In sponsored by the Portland Triumph Owners Association.

It all happens Friday and Saturday, Aug. 3 and 4.

The theme of this year’s gathering, sponsored by the Portland Triumph Owners Association, is “Triumph Over Time.” The low-key, fun-focused gathering rotates between cities in Oregon, Washington and British Columbia, said Theresa Floyd of Forest Grove, a member of the association.

“It’s a chance for us to introduce the public to the Triumph,” Floyd noted. “We want people to know these cars are still on the road, they’re still affordable and their parts are still available if they’re in need of repair.”

Floyd, who works as program coordinator at the Berglund Center for Internet Studies at Pacific, owns a 1969 jasmine yellow TR6. Her husband, Ken, drives a red 1968 TR250. The couple’s cars will be among those available for Triumph enthusiasts — and newbies — to view on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

That portion of the show is free of charge, and owners will be on hand to chat about their cars.

“In the past, people have come from as far away as southern California and even Minnesota with their cars,” said Floyd. “It’s a great group that just loves to talk about Triumphs.”

Get in on the action

Local residents with a Triumph in their garage are welcome to get in on the action. Same-day registration will open at 8:30 a.m. Saturday for a $45 fee. Second- and third-place awards in more than eight classes will be announced on the lawn in front of Marsh Hall just after the show closes at 1 p.m.

Winners of first-place awards, best of show, people’s choice and the president’s award will be announced during a registrants-only banquet Saturday evening.

Most of all, the show is designed to trot out the best Triumph has to offer.

“Triumphs are like the poor person’s Porsche,” Floyd said, except most owners don’t keep them under cover all year long. “It’s the kind of car that loves to drive,” she noted.

No food vendors — other than BJ’s Coffee Co., which will be on hand so folks can grab a quick cup of joe — will be at the show. However, a number of restaurants in Forest Grove’s downtown plan to offer specials to show participants throughout the weekend, Floyd said.

Also, a docent will open Pacific’s Old College Hall for public tours Aug. 4.

Triumph drivers registered for the Forest Grove event will get together Friday evening for tours of various local sights, including the Tillamook Forest Center, Hagg Lake and several different wineries.

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