Meet Keith Martin, Donald Osborne and Alex Martin-Banzer at Forest Grove

The Forest Grove Concours d ‘Elegance returns for its 43rd year on Sunday, July 19, on the historic, tree-shaded campus of Pacific University in Forest Grove, OR. Keith Martin and Donald Osborne return as co-emcees. Alex Martin-Banzer will serve as a concours judge. All three will participate in Saturday’s Tour d’Elegance and attend the Saturday night gala dinner. Martin and Osborne will emcee the gala as well. SCM will host a booth at the concours.

The 2015 event theme is “A Grand Classic Celebration.”The Concours will host a CCCA Grand Classic, a regional meet for Classic Car Club of America members featuring American or foreign-made classics built from 1925 to 1948. Fifty Full Classics are expected on the show field. Featured in the Grand Classic is a 1930 Packard Model 740 entered by Chris Yarrow. This automobile was once by owned by Mr. Yarrow’s grandfather and was used to chauffeur King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in 1939. After several decades of searching, Chris Yarrow acquired the Packard and commissioned a full restoration. Read more about this Packard on the Forest Grove Concours website.

Special displays include 60 Years of the Ford ‪Thunderbird‬ and Modern Super Cars. ‬The Modern Super Car class will feature automobiles from the Portland, Oregon-based Dream Drives for Kids. The organization is dedicated to brightening the lives of sick children by providing rides in exotic sports cars. Spectators will be able to take pictures with the Dream Drives Super Cars during a “Sit and Snap” session from noon to 1 p.m. The class will include rare high-performance supercars from a 2006 Saleen S7 to a 2015 BMW i8.‪

In honor of the car’s 60th anniversary, the Concours will feature a special class for Ford Thunderbirds built 1955-1966. A 1963 Ford Thunderbird Sport Roadster owned by LeMay — America’s Car Museum will be the centerpiece of this class dedicated to America’s first personal luxury car.

Peter Hageman will serve as Senior Judge. Mr. Hageman is well known in the collector car community as a classic car owner, judge at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, and co-founder of the Kirkland Concours (now the Pacific Northwest Concours d’Elegance). Peter has displayed automobiles at Forest Grove many times over the past 20 years.

The Forest Grove Concours d’Elegance was created in 1973 as a fundraiser for the Forest Grove Rotary Club’s scholarship program and community service projects. Thanks to the Concours d’Elegance, the Rotary Club has returned more than $1 million in projects to the community.

Presenting sponsors are Ron Tonkin Gran Turismo and Tonkin FIAT. Supporting sponsors include Chubb Collector Car Insurance, Sports Car Market magazine, and the Barrett-Jackson Auction Company.

Gates open at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, July 19 at Pacific University, 2043 College Way in Forest Grove, Oregon.

Hear the smooth jazz sounds of The Tom Grant Band, featuring Shelly Rudolph, from 11 a.m to 1 p.m. The Trophy Presentation starts at 2 p.m.

Advance tickets are $17 for adults, $15 for seniors and $5 for children ages 13-18, and can be purchased through July 15 at forestgroveconcours.org/attend. At the gate, tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and $7 for children ages 13-18. Entry is free for children ages 12 and younger.

For more information, visit forestgroveconcours.org. Follow the Concours on social media on Facebook at facebook.com/forestgroveconcours or on Instagram @forestgroveconcours.

Tony Piff

SCM Auctions Editor and Photographer

Tony has long trumpeted the virtues of collecting Japanese cars. His daily driver is a 1970 Toyota Hilux — the one with the turn signals on top of the fenders. His popular “Rising Sun” column keeps a pulse on the J-tin market.

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