Time Flies it’s April already and definitely time to start planning for the sunny season! Time too to blow the dust off the keyboard and get this blog rolling again, apologies to my readers for my winter hibernation. The following is a list of activities and events that I hope to attend, most are close to home in the Pacific Northwest. If you need a little inspiration for a weekend adventure I hope you can find some here.
Oregon Vintage Motorcyclists host their yearly group ride and Sunday swap-meet. This year the featured marque is Kawasaki. This is a relaxed group of folks with a non-denominational interest in vintage bikes of all types. I’ve never done the Saturday ride with them but the Sunday swap meet at the fairgrounds is great, tons of bikes and parts on display. Come down to shop or just browse the funky collection of machinery and people.
FIM Superbike Race at Miller Motorsports Park in Salt Lake City. Our friends over at Rare Sportbikes for Sale and I are planning a whirlwind road trip down to Utah to watch. Several of the contributors to that fine site will be competing in this event and we’ll be there to cheer them on!
25th annual Northwest VW bug-Run at Woodburn Dragstrip. This is the event that really kicks off the season for me, every June hundreds of air and water-cooled Volkswgens swarm this small town for a day of racing, showing cars, and swap-meet fun. A good time for sure, even better when the Oregon weather cooperates!
The Parts Obsolete Porsche campout. Dan and I have made it to this show several times but this year I think we need to enjoy the complete experience and camp-out. Hosted at Gary Emory’s rural property in the heart of Oregon’s wine country is probably the coolest Porsche event ever. You can enjoy a show of truly fine Porsches of all ages and styles in a snobery-free environment. Mr.Emory generously opens his complete facility for visitors to wander unguided through his many workshops, storage barns, and parts warehouses where inventory of project cars and rare parts is simply amazing, this level of trust reveals the quality of the host and the attendees. Not to be missed!
(photo stolen from Dan’s Flikr gallery of our ’08 visit)
June 29-July 2
The Healey Northwest Rendezvous 2010 This Monday through Friday event will gather Austin Healey enthusiasts from all over the Northwest to Eugene Oregon for a full 5 days of activities. Being a mid-week event the closest my work schedule will allow me to get to this event will be the technical clinic being hosted at Sports Car ShopBritish car guru Bob Macherione will be giving a lesson on the intricacies of SU carburetors and Laycock Overdrive units from 3:00-4:30 Tuesday afternoon. (photo credits to Dan again)
To be continued…