With lifetime in car business, Carl Milne shares his passion


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Photo Credit: POST PHOTO: LAURA KNUDSON  - Carl Milne, co-owner of Loop Hi-Way Towing and president of the Route 26 Cruisers, will show his 1958 Edsel at Oktoberfest.

On any given day in the outskirts of Gresham, two classic 1958 Ford Edsels can be seen in a driveway belonging to one local car enthusiast.

Co-owner of Loop Hi-Way Towing, Carl Milne has been in the car business since age 10 when his family converted its once 10-acre dairy farm into a family business.

“We traded in cows for cars,” he said. “We got a tow truck, started a wrecking yard and we’ve been at it ever since.”

Milne lives on the same property he grew up on, full of car memorabilia and classic fixer uppers. Inside his home, model cars and first place ribbons hang next to a framed photograph of his favorite owned ‘58 moss green Edsel purchased in 2003.

“It gets driven quite a lot in the summer,” Milne said of the car he will show at the Sandy Oktoberfest at St. Michael Catholic Church, 18090 S.E. Langensand Road. The Oktoberfest is Sept. 5-7 at the church.

Sporting vinyl and fabric interior and a number of dash plaques documenting cross-state cruises, Milne wins a couple of trophies a year with the car.

He has made modifications to his green Edsel making it more “street able.” This way, parts are readily available in case it breaks down.

“You can hardly build one like this one was built,” he said.

Photo Credit: POST PHOTO: LAURA KNUDSON  - Less modifications have been made to Milnes black and white 58 Edsel.

His other black and white Edsel stays true to its original state. Most Edsel owners only “preserve and restore,” he said.

“You fix what needs to be fixed but you don’t do anything to it. You drive it, you take care of it.”

Milne loves taking either car out for a spin.

“Having a unique car that people can look at and see something that’s not in every other car on the road is what makes me feel good about what I do,” he said. “People will stop on the sidewalk and watch you go by because it’s an Edsel.”

Sharing his passion are more than 100 other owners belonging to the Route 26 Cruisers, a car club Milne is president of, after getting involved 13 years ago.

“We’re car nuts, basically,” he said.

Milne’s house is a common hangout spot for obsessed car lovers and he looks forward to gathering with them at Oktoberfest.

“You get a bunch of car people, try to find a shady spot, sit there for hours doing nothing, talking about cars,” he said. “That’s basically what car culture is all about.”

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