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1934 Packard takes Forest Grove Concours honors


TRIBUNE PHOTO: JOHN M. VINCENT - Larry Nannini (center) of Colma, Cal. receives the Best in Show award from presenters Donald Osborne (left) and Keith Martin. Nannini's 1934 Packard 1104 Super 8 sport phaeton is one of only three of the type believed to still exist.
While much of the region sweltered, visitors to this year’s Forest Grove Concours d’Elegance spent a day in the shade at Pacific University, eyeing some of the West Coast’s finest classic cars.

Topping them all with the Best in Show award was a 1934 Packard 1104 Super 8 sport phaeton, owned by Larry Nannini of Colma, Cal.

Nannini’s Packard is one of only three of the model known to exist today. Only five were ever believed to be produced. The winning car featured an understated, yet impeccable beige exterior.

Chosen as the best closed car in the show was a 1947 Chrysler Town & Country, owned by Al McEwan of Redmond, Wash. The best open car was a 1960 Porsche 356, owned by James and Gail Smalley of Wauna, Washington. A 1935 Buick Model 40, owned by Diane Natt Kelly and Tim Shields of Portland got the nod as best Non-Classic car.

The People’s choice award went to a 1938 Pontiac Deluxe Six, owned by Roy and Judy Burge of Milwaukie. Winning the Spirit of Motoring award was a car from a new Modern Supercars class, a 2015 BMW i8, presented by owners Eric and Amity Peterson of Portland.

This year’s Concours featured a show within the show. The Classic Car Club of America event brought a number of Classic 1925 to 1948 American and foreign-made cars to the event for the first time.