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45 Annual Forest Grove Concours Shows Off Antique Cars


Norman Noakes discusses his Best in Show 1937 Cord with co-emcee Donald Osborne while co-emcee Keith Martin addresses the crowd.

Norman Noakes discusses his Best in Show 1937 Cord with co-emcee Donald Osborne while co-emcee Keith Martin addresses the crowd.

Jeff Zurschmeide/Portland Tribune

A 1937 Cord Supercharged 812 owned by Norman and Judi Noakes of Lake Oswego won Best in Show at the 45th annual Forest Grove Concours d’Elegance on Sunday. The event was held at its traditional location on the campus of Pacific University in Forest Grove.

“I found the car in a barn in Grantville, Utah in 2013,” Noakes said. “We’re taking it to Auburn, Indiana next for the annual meeting of the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg club. We’ll compete against a lot of Cords there. I may put it in the Lake Oswego Heritage Car Show later this year.”

The Cord was selected as the best among more than 350 cars that were entered for judging or simply on display. Exhibited cars ranged from a 1976 AMC Pacer owned by Patrick Barnes of Portland to a single-passenger 1896 Riker electric car owned by Richard and Judith Riker of Grants Pass.

“My grandfather designed this car as a prototype for a line of electric vehicles,” Riker told the audience. “My mother bought it back in the 1980s and it still works.”

Read more at The Portland Tribune.

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