Don't miss these local rides
Car buffs from Lake Oswego, West Linn and Wilsonville will be among the participants at the Concours d'Elegance in Forest Grove this weekend. Make sure to check out these cool rides:
1968 BMW 1600 GT: As a 15-year-old teen-ager, Ted Davis of Lake Oswego purchased a vintage 1968 BMW showroom brochure on the 1600 GT. Twenty-five years later, he fulfilled his dream of owning one. The car was designed was by Pietro Frua, one of the most prolific Italian car designers of the 1950s and 60s, and Davis has restored his from the ground up, all to original specifications.
1964 Pontiac GTO: Considered by many to be the original U.S. muscle car, this beauty has been in West Linn resident Larry Holts family for 30 years. In fact, his son Gary drove it to deliver pizza during the summer between his high school graduation and first semester in college. The car is rarely taken to car shows, but it has been raced at drag strips and timed at 14 seconds and 103 plus miles per hour. Not bad for an old Goat, as they were affectionately known, Holt says.
1966 Ford Mustang 2+2 Fastback: Ken Dwinell of West Linn has been a Mustang ever since he bought this classic in September 1966. It was his daily ride until 1988, and he credits the car with inspiring his second career as a motorsports photojournalist. With few exceptions, the car still has all the parts that came on it from the Ford factory. Its only been shown twice - once at the Oswego Heritage Council car show in Lake Oswego and once at the Portland Art Museums Cars in the Park.
1961 Jaguar E Type: Wilsonville resident Cameron Sheahan says this Jaguar model is more than a car – its a piece of art. Its actually the only car in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, this particular model," he says. Sheahan has been attending the Concours d'Elegance for 25 years and has entered eight different cars. "There are all kinds of motivations that people have," he said. "Taking it to a show is to maybe win a prize or maybe not, but also to sort of support the car community.
1969 Cord Royale: Peter Hall of Lake Oswego says the best thing about owning this gem is that everywhere we drive it, it brings a smile to everybodys face. Only about 400 of these cars were made between 1967 and 1971, and less than half exist today. Hall found his in a barn in Southern Mississippi, and hes totally restored the chassis and running gear. Its a blast to drive and truly a one-of-a-kind car, says Hall, who notes that his wife Cindy is the actual owner; hes just the mechanic, he says.