This is my favorite time of year in Oregon, the Winter chills have given way to warm showers and occasional sunshine. Spring in the Northwest is a lot like the feeling you get at 8:00 AM on a Saturday morning, the whole weekend lies ahead, possibilities are endless but there is an urge to hurry, indeed Monday (or in our seasonal case the rain) is still just around the corner. It’s a balancing act to use the limited time to the fullest while still relaxing and enjoying every moment. This coming weekend promises to be a beautiful one and Alex has just got his motorcycle endorsement so I hope to show him a few of my favorite roads and get his new (old) CBR broken-in properly.
All this fair-weather excitement has got me looking to the calendar and thinking of the wonderful summer months ahead. What follows is a brief, incomplete, yet enthusiastic schedule of this summer’s planned events. If your calendar still has blank spots allow me to suggest a few things to fill them in…
Oregon Vintage Motorcyclists vintage motorcycle show and swap meet at the Benton Co. Fairgrounds in Corvallis Oregon. Should be a fun day and a chance to check-out some great classic machines.
The 24th Annual NW Bug Run at the Woodburn Dragstrip. This is always a great show, a fun event, and one of the best swap meets in the Pacific North West for classic VW parts. Also a cheap chance to “run what you brung” on the dragstrip, it’s a blast so try it out!
Paul in action at the strip in ’07
(thanks to Sarah Marshall for the great photo).
Ed comes to town and it’s Paul’s birthday weekend! Plans remain fuzzy at this time but one thing is certain, a good time will be had and updates to the blog may occur in a drunken stupor, stay tuned…
Parts Obsolete hosts it’s 15th annual Porsche Camp-out. Dan and I stumbled across this excellent event last year not really knowing what to expect. What we found was one of the coolest Porsche events anywhere, and it’s right here in our backyard, McMinnville Oregon. What a perfect excuse to enjoy some twisty roads through Oregon’s wine country then spend some time with fellow Porsche enthusiasts. I can’t wait to do it up right and camp-out this year!
Emerald Empire Sports Car Club hosts the 22nd running of Larison Rock Hillclimb. This is a must-do event. The thrill of running full-speed up a single lane road through the trees is unbelievable. Equally amazing is the quality of the event management, the club membership. the fun surrounding the event, and the friendship of all involved. This should be another memorable year at “The Rock”.
2008 at Larison Rock (Photo courtesy of TjRubley.com)
The Dan and Paul official Summer motorcycle trip. Last summer Dan and I tried to make it around the Olympic Peninsula on the 4th of July weekend. Thwarted by crap weather I propose we make another go of it this year. If not Washington another worthy 3 or 4 day goal. I think a yearly trip should be scheduled for each July starting now! Dan, are you reading this?
Portland Bug-In at PIR. This is another fun VW show and swap. A great afternoon wandering around Portland International raceway checking-out cool Volkswagens, neat stuff for sale, and catching a cool buzz and a sunburn at the concession stand. What’s not to love?!
The official VFRD Summer Summit in Dillon Colorado. I can’t wait for this event! It should be a great time, I’ll be taking a whole week and a whole lotta’ pictures for this one. I’ve previously attended 2 VFR Discussion group meets and have been amazed at the informal yet organized atmosphere as well as the skill and friendliness of the attendees.
This is the last summer month in Oregon, one of the best months of the year. Intentionally left open for now but I’m looking forward to filling it up with more awesome events. See you soon!