WPC Club, Inc.
Dodge, Fargo, DeSoto, Chrysler, Imperial, Maxwell, Chalmers,
Jeep and Eagle & related
Mopar / All Years / All Models
Pacific Wonderland Regional WPC Meet, Tualatin,
Oregon, August 19-21, 2004
Photos follow article.
Sweetbrier Inn at Tualatin OR, about ten miles south
of Portland on Interstate 5, played host to our WPC Regional
The weekend started aboTut
noon on Thursday
with several club members arriving at our hospitality suite, to
packets with nametags, window cards, directions for the upcoming tours
members starting arriving right after noon, right up
to the scheduled time for our Thursday evening tour.
At 6:30pm, we rolled out for a scenic
mile trip through the country, to the Double J Ranch, near Hillsboro,
OR. Jeff and Jeannie Gretz hosted our ice
social, in their slightly oversize “garage”, which had had about eight
display (three of them Mopars). After a
lot of ice cream and cookies, a lot of visiting and telling stories
them true), the approximately 20 cars started back to the Motel. It is now very dark, and what should appear,
a policeman blocking the return route, and sending people back to find
way home. Everybody finally did arrive,
some as late as 11pm, but safe and sound. We
just called it our “mystery tour”.
morning was a scheduled tour to the Evergreen Air
Museum in McMinnville, home of the Spruce Goose. Our
route headed south through Wilsonville,
then west along the Willamette River, passing by several estate type
on the river. We arrived at 10am and
found four cars joining us there. There
were now 26 vehicles and looked mighty fine lined up on the grass in
the museum. After about two hours
looking over several interesting aircraft, we continued on to a winery
miles away. Here the group enjoyed a box
lunch and a fantastic view of the vineyards and surrounding farm
country. The weather was perfect, and Len
compared the view to the wine country in Italy.
next stop was back in Newberg at a private collection
of cars, trucks and even tractors. The
owner Ken Austin related to us that his collection is his life story,
had in high school, dated in, raced at Bonneville, and had on the
He has a total restoration shop and also
builds specialty parts, including custom intake manifolds.
Saturday morning was the
car show at
Clackamette Park about
ten miles from the motel. This time we
head east through the back roads to Oregon City. Several members
were at the park by 7am to lay
out the field by class and begin to park cars as they arrived.
The weather was again perfect and the shady
city park on the Willamette River was an ideal setting. We had a
lot of space, which allowed us to
spread out and not be bumping doors.
9am the 59 registered cars were placed and the
participant choice voting began. We had
several spectators, and a few visitors with their Mopars stop by. Our sponsor, Town & Country Chrysler in
Milwaukie OR, brought out five new Chrysler vehicles to the show. At 3pm we concluded the show and headed back
to the motel to prepare for the awards banquet.
cocktail hour started at 6pm, and a buffet dinner
began at 7pm. The Sweetbrier did a
fabulous job on the evening with great food, nice setting and friendly
service. After dinner we presented the
awards. We had first second and third in 20 classes and five best of
each Chrysler Division. Town &
Country Chrysler sponsored the etched glass tumblers.
A good time was had by all and we called
a day (well most of us) and Sunday morning found folks heading back
home. With the WPC National being on
Coast next year, this group decided not to do a regional in the
try to attend the National in Burbank, CA
- Tom Fox, Pacific Wonderland Region.