The Lake Oswego Heritage House, famed for its annual Car and Wooden Boat Show, will be displaying vintage cars and boats. The annual show, set on Aug. 26, is Heritage House’s biggest fundraiser.
But this year is a bit different. Organizers are jubilant to have an affiliation with the Oswego Heritage Council. Don Rasmussen Mercedes-Benz of Portland and Wilsonville is also a major sponsor of the show.
The wooden boat show, which was not held last year, will sport a number of classic boats - some over 75 years old. “We are ecstatic. The Heritage Council offered us this great opportunity. It’s something we will look forward to doing every year,” said Kristen Winn, the chair of the Wooden Boat Show which is now in its tenth year.
Organizers expect that this year’s display will draw more visitors to the admired car show, now in its 8th year. Last summer, the show drew more than 2,000 onlookers.
A shuttle bus, driving from the US Bank parking lot to George Rogers Park, will be available this year with services donated by Laidlaw, said The Regal Courier. This will give attendees opportunities to view some of Oswego’s Lake’s unique crafts (close to 30 wooden boats are expected to be on display behind the Lake Twin Cinema) and then take a quick jaunt to the park where a wide variety of more than 200 cars will be shown.
“We’ll have everything from Volkswagens to Maseratis,” said car show chair Steve Dietz. It is that variety that makes the annual show unique. Cars will be brought in from locations ranging from Vancouver, Wash., to Salem. “We’re really looking forward to it this year. I think it could be our biggest turnout,” said Nancy Headlee, the executive director of the Oswego Heritage Council.
The 1927 S sport wagon will illuminate the show like the Mercedes mirror. The vintage sport wagon, by Vintage Car Investments Limited, will be shown by Mike Eshaia. According to the report, Eshaia claims that they seldom come up for sale. And this particular Mercedes is even more unique. “This is an original car. Someone in Europe used this car. They ran it,” Eshaia said.
A number of different auto clubs will grace the show with vehicles on display. Around 50 awards will be handed out during the afternoon and the Lake Oswego Lions Club will be serving pancakes and hamburgers during the day. Also, raffle tickets will also be sold for three gift baskets valued at more than $500 a piece. Local businesses contribute to the various items given away in the baskets.
“I think it’s going to be a very good show. The weather is usually great and it’s just a fun, casual atmosphere,” Headlee said.
The Car and Wooden Boat show will be held on Sunday, Aug. 26, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The annual event will be open to the public at no cost.