This show's a classic
Oswego Heritage Council's 16th-annual car and boat extravaganza will feature beautiful vehicles on land and in the water
From Mercedes, Mustangs and some very special Jaguars to classic wooden boats and glamorous comedians on water skis, therell be something for just about everyone Aug. 22-23 at the 16th-annual Oswego Heritage Council Collector Car & Classic Boat Show.
More than 5,000 fans are expected to visit the shows three unique locations. Cars and on-land boats will be at George Rogers Park, while boats will be on the Willamette River at Foothills Park Marina and at the Lake Oswego Corporation docks on Lakewood Bay.
Admission to all of the events is free.
Its a show like no other, says event founder John Baines, and OHC committee member Jim Rathbun agrees.
People say, Its a fun show, come do it, its not stuffy, Rathbun says. Its not a heavy-duty concours type of thing. This show actually started out as just a community gathering of people with interesting old cars.
This year, those interesting cars will include lots of Mercedes, thanks to new show sponsor Mercedes-Benz of Wilsonville. The Mustang Club will bring some of its coolest cars, and there will be some very special Jaguars here, says Baines, who created the event in 1999 and has been part of every show since.
For the first time ever, amphibious military vehicles will be on display at Foothills Park, courtesy of the Military Vehicle Collectors Club of Oregon. The ducks will join the historic PT Boat 658, which is expected to motor into the Foothills Park Marina at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 22, to kick off the weekend. (Of all the thousands of PT boats built for service in World War II, the PT 658 is the only one thats still seaworthy.)
Foothills Park also will host a flotilla of classic boats. Roger Rollins, co-chairman of the event along with Bob Barnum, says that 31 boats have already been registered, including some vintage Chris Craft and Century models.
Its this combination of classic cars and beautiful boats that makes the Lake Oswego show unique a tribute to the members of the organizing committee who have been gathering at Oswego Heritage House to plan the event for years.
Its almost second nature to these guys, Rathbun says. They are really super-enthused about this event.
So is Katie Henry, the new executive director of the OHC, who is participating in her first car-boat show. Henry says shes in the pleasant position of just sitting back and watching the experts do their work.
These guys have got it all under control, Henry says. It has been great working with them.
The car and boat show officially opens at 10 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 23, and goes until 3 p.m. The Lake Oswego Lions Club will serve pancakes from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. in George Rogers Park, then switch over to hamburgers for lunch. Awards ceremonies begin at 2 p.m.
At 1 p.m. Sunday, a Vintage Water Show on Lakewood Bay will feature the Polka Dot Express and their combination of vintage glamour and comedic water skiing. Due to strong public demand in recent years, this years show also will include vendors for such products as insurance, car products and juke boxes.
Anyone who doesnt have a good time, Rathbun says, simply wont be trying very hard.
Our event has cachet, he says. Its been around a long time.
For more information about the show, go to www.oswegoheritage.org.