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LO resident's Porsche racers among Concours highlights

Ernie Spada Jr. and other local collectors will display their cars at Sunday's event in Forest Grove


SUBMITTED PHOTO - Lake Oswego resident Ernie Spada Jr.'s 2008 Porsche RSR 'Flying Lizard' is one of the featured autos at this year's Concours dElegance in Forest Grove.When the 44th annual Concours d’Elegance takes place on Sunday, it will offer a variety of classic cars that are sure to please any auto enthusiast. But it will also have a distinctly German flavor, thanks in part to Ernie Spada Jr.

Spada, a Lake Oswego resident, is the 2016 show’s featured collector. His 1985 Porsche 962 and a 2008 Porsche RSR ‘Flying Lizard’ were both raced at the famous LeMans endurance race in France, as well as at Daytona and Sebring.

“They’re pretty special cars, and I’m a pretty serious collector,” Spada says. “I’ve raced cars for 30 years. Le Mans is the top of the food chain, and these are cars with a significant history. They allow me to race in any vintage car event in the world.”

SPADASpada’s Porsches will be among 300 classic cars at Sunday’s show, which will take place on the campus of Pacific University.

The theme of this year’s show is “Allure of the Autobahn — Speed and Style,” celebrating Porsche Motorsports, Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen and 100 years of BMW.

This year’s entrants include a 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL “Gullwing,” an iconic car that is a true legend of the Autobahn; a 1968 Porsche 908 that was raced in the late ’60s; a rare 1981 BMW M1; and a 1964 VW Beetle with only 22 original miles on the odometer.

Car lovers will find plenty of other nameplates on display, too, including Maseratis, Bentleys, Ferraris, Packards, Chevrolets, Fords and Buicks. Several owners from Lake Oswego will join Spada at the show, including Bill and Eloise Andrews with their 1969 Jaguar E-Type; Gary Bracelin with a 1958 Chevrolet Impala; Gary Burke with a 1973 BMW 3.0 CS; Ted and Andrea Davis with a 1968 BMW 1600GT; Mike and Miles Eshaia with a 1955 Porsche Convertible; Thomas Freedman with a 2000 BMW Z3 M Coupe; Laura McShane and Jeff Zurschmeide with a 1969 Seat 600D; Greg and Margo Mitchell with a 1967 Pontiac Firebird Sprint; James Rathbun with a 1997 Bentley Turbo L; and Steven Smith with a 1965 Volkswagen Type 1 race car.

In addition to thrilling auto enthusiasts over the years, the Councours d’Elegance has raised more than $1 million for more than 700 student scholarships and youth and community projects funded by the Forest Grove Rotary Club.

This year’s show will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the Pacific University campus at 2043 College Way in Forest Grove.

For more information, go to www.forestgroveconcours.org.

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