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Oswego Heritage Council's 16th-annual car and boat extravaganza will feature beautiful vehicles on land and in the water


SUBMITTED PHOTO - George Rogers Park will be filled with beautiful collector cars Aug. 23 at the 16th-annual Oswego Heritage Council Collector Car & Classic Boat Show. Look for Mercedes, Mustangs, Jaguars and more.From Mercedes, Mustangs and “some very special Jaguars” to classic wooden boats and glamorous comedians on water skis, there’ll 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 show’s 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.

“It’s a show like no other,” says event founder John Baines, and OHC committee member Jim Rathbun agrees.

“People say, ‘It’s a fun show, come do it, it’s not stuffy,’” Rathbun says. “It’s 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.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Classic wooden boats already in Oswego Lake will be joined by dozens more at the 16th annual Oswego Heritage Council Collector Car & Classic Boat Show.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 that’s 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.

It’s 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.

“It’s 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 she’s 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 year’s show also will include vendors for such products as insurance, car products and juke boxes.

Anyone who doesn’t have a good time, Rathbun says, simply won’t be trying very hard.

“Our event has cachet,” he says. “It’s been around a long time.”

For more information about the show, go to www.oswegoheritage.org.

Contact Cliff Newell at 503-636-1281 ext. 105 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..