04 Jun Oregon car lovers know how to rock a summer!
The sun is shining, the rain has stopped (for a bit, anyway) and the road is calling — it’s high time for Oregon’s car culture to be on full display!
Though our biggest area car show, the Portland International, is in January, there’s really nothing like getting out in the open air to enjoy auto life with a little more leisure. It definitely doesn’t hurt that our state is home to a huge variety of car appreciation events, whether that be a regularly scheduled evening cruise with a local club or a show organized to bring out the people on a summer’s night.
The Portland area recently saw the Cars for a Cause show, an annual charity event set up by a Subaru aficionado group in mid-May. If you didn’t make it out — or if you’re into brands a little more domestic — we’ve got the Rose City Round-Up hotrod celebration kicking off June 15 right here in town. If race tracks are more your thing, kick it all a little farther down the road to catch the 58th annual running of the Rose Cup Races. The races, which include runs for the Pirelli World Challenge Series, pull a huge variety of vehicles and also feature race groups for awesome amateur drivers from across the Pacific Northwest. Not to be missed!
Back in the show mode, we’ve got the Santiam Summerfest display out in Stayton, near Salem, all day on July 28. You’ll come for the show, stay for the funnel cakes! And, last but certainly not least, there’s the fantastic Concours d’Elegence out in Forest City on the Pacific University campus. That show will pull about 300 classic cars on July 15.
Even with all that, this list is by no means exhaustive. The Willamette Valley Street Rods club has a ton of events listed on its site here, and the sprawling Oregon Hot Rod page has even more right here.
Need to get a wash before hitting any of these? Look no further! We love to be here for proud car owners looking to get show ready — even if just taking a spin around town — so come by for a scrub anytime.