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June 24

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 24, 2012

Concours Features New “Period Costume” Competition

Do classic cars and classic fashion mix? They will this year as the 2012 Columbia River Concours d’Elegance introduces a new “Period Dress Contest.”

Some participants at last year’s Concours dressed in period costumes to match their cars, and the result certainly caught on with the audience. This year the Concours will introduce the Period Dress Contest to add another dimension of fun and entertainment to the show.

Expect to see exhibitors dressed in period fashions; lace and long dresses and high button shoes strolling among the early 1900s cars, flapper dresses, silk stockings and raccoon skin coats with Roaring ‘20s autos, and poodle skirts and black leather jackets for the ‘50s crowd. Concours attendees will vote for their costume of choice.

The 2012 Columbia River Concours d’Elegance will be held Sunday, August 5. The venue will once again be Officers Row on the grounds of historic Fort Vancouver in Vancouver, Washington, just across the Columbia River from Portland, Oregon.

Hundreds of classic cars will be on display, many restored to showroom condition. Automobiles on display include such famous names as Jaguar, Bentley, Ferrari, Mercedes Benz, Alfa Romeo, Austin Healey, MG, Porsche, Triumph, Cadillac, Corvette, Lincoln, Morgan, and a host of others.

Awards for Best in Show, Best in Class, and Second and Third in Class will be presented. “Specialty Awards” may also be given for cars of unusual merit.

Sponsors for this year’s event include; Hagerty Insurance, Keith Martin’s Sports Car Market, The Oregonian, Battery Systems and Griot’s Garage. Hagerty Insurance provides insurance for more classic cars than any other company world wide. Keith Martin’s Sports Car Market magazine is the one-stop resource for insider's information on collecting, investing, values, and trends in quality, collectible automobiles.

The Oregonian, published in Portland, Oregon, is the leading newspaper serving Oregon and Southwest Washington. Griot’s Garage offers quality car care products for the “hands on” auto enthusiast.

For more information, please visit the Columbia River Concours d’Elegance web site at www.columbiariverconcours.com. Concours organizers and officials may also be contacted through the web site. Photos of last year’s event are also available at the web site.

June 27

An open letter to all who are involved with the
Columbia River Concours d'Elegance and Car Show

One of the most important parts of a Concours is the judging team. The Founders have created a training and informational process to help you become an integral part of our event as a judge.

Virtually everyone who has built, cared for or owned a premier car has the knowledge and eye to become a great judge. A general Concours, in contrast to a make or model specific event, does not require a comprehensive knowledge of any specific vehicle, make or model.. What is needed is a good eye for correctness and that can be taught in a couple of hours of your time.

Please consider attending the next judges' training on July 7th in South East Portland. The training is held with a great collection of cars that are used as tools to develop your skills. In a short time you will learn how to score and be an important part of this event. The class starts with an exposure to the reasons for our event, moves to the principles that we want and finishes with a fun time “judging” a couple of cars with the senior judges and finish with a recap of the day.

Please consider joining us for a fun afternoon and find out if you could help us. This is an event itself and will expose you to some fine automobiles and hopefully have you becoming a judge with the Columbia River Concours d'Elegance!

If you know of any others that might enjoy this event and that might be interested in learning and becoming a judge please bring them with you and forward this invitation to people who could be interested. There are no costs and on the day of the event you will get on the field and get lunch.

When: Saturday July 7th, 1 Pm to about 3:30.
Where: 1204 Gideon Street, Portland, Oregon
For more information call: Keith Ansell at 360-882-3596 or e-mail at [email protected]