Saturday tour offers free peek at classic cars

The annual pre-Concours wine tour takes off from Main Street Forest Grove at 10 a.m. on July 14

Early Saturday morning, Main Street Forest Grove will transform into a veritable showroom of automotive excellence.

For while the annual Concours d’Elegance isn’t until Sunday, at least three dozen classic car owners are expected to hit town a day early to take part in the annual Vineyard and Lake Tour.

For the car owners, it’s a chance to get their gleaming rigs out on the rolling, bucolic byways of western Washington County’s wine country.

For the public, it’s a chance to get a free one-hour sneak preview of what will be on display on July 15.

With the year’s Concours theme focusing on Mercedes Benz, it’s no surprise that about a third of the cars registered for the wine tour are German sports cars, but organizer Rick Johnston of the Forest Grove Rotary Club said this year’s roster includes plenty of other impressive marques, including a 1963 Jaguar MK-2, a 1967 Alfa Romeo GTV and a ’67 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow.

The cars will assemble on Main Street (which will be closed to other traffic) at about 9 a.m. and head out about an hour later.

Johnston’s route for this year will take the chromed caravan along Iowa Hill Road and Blooming Fern Hill Road, catching some impressive vistas before dropping down to Gaston and a stop at Elk Cove Winery for a light lunch and wine tasting.

Then, it’s off to Hagg Lake – where some classic wooden boats will offer the drivers the chance to let someone else take the wheel for a bit – before a final stop at SakéOne for some more sampled spirits.

Many of the car owners will finish the evening at the annual Evening of Elegance Dinner, which this year will be hosted by 1910 Main restaurant in downtown Forest Grove.

© Pamplin Media Group – reprinted with permission

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