Wood-bodied cars, including Woodie Wagons, to be displayed
On Sunday July 16th, the Forest Grove Concours d’Elegance celebrates wood-bodied cars, including the famous Woodie Wagons. Wood-bodied station wagons, affectionately known as Woodies, may be gone, but are certainly not forgotten. Woodie wagons were first popular in affluent American communities, and were often found at hotels, country clubs, and national parks. Featuring hand-crafted strips of birch and mahogany on both interior and exterior panels, wood-bodied wagons were priced higher than regular models.
One Woodie on display today is a 1949 Mercury Woodie (at right) owned by Newberg-based collector Ken Austin. One of 8,104 built in 1949, this Mercury Woody station wagon showcases designer Eugene “Bob” Gregorie’s approach to wood-body design, which had its roots in his career as a naval architect. The woodwork on the Mercury’s sides originated in the forests of northern Michigan.
This 1947 Ford Sportsman (at left) is one of the rarest examples of a wood-bodied car that will be displayed on the show field. Conceived as a ‘halo’ car for Ford in the 1940’s to draw customers away from Chevrolet and Plymouth, 3,962 Sportsman Convertibles were built between 1946 and 1947, with a few being titled in 1948. It is estimated that fewer than 100 survive today. This wonderful example is owned by Ron Yeager of Portland, Oregon. He acquired the car 11 years ago in original condition, and commissioned a full restoration. Today we are honored to feature this automobile in our wood-bodied display.
Another wood bodied car that will be displayed is this 1947 Chrysler Town and Country Sedan owned by longtime Forest Grove Concours entrants Al and Sandy McEwan of Redmond, Washington. This Chrysler Town and Country received a full, body-off restoration to a very high standard. This past June it was awarded 100 points at a Classic Car Club of America Grand Classic in Sequim, Washington.
Join the Northwest Woodie Club
The Forest Grove Concours thanks the Northwest Woodie club for organizing some of the amazing wood-bodied cars on display. To join the Northwest Woodie Club, contact their president Craig Johnson at 360-624-0115 or by email at CJ@vancouverbolt.com. Or contact membership chair Tom Nored at 541-654-0193 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You do not need to own a woodie to join the club, you just have to like and appreciate them!