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2019 Featured Theme Calendar

2019 Portland Cars and Coffee Featured Theme Calendar

**Default = Rare / Exotic / Unique**

April 13 – Mustang Day (pre-season)

May 4th – Summer Season Opening Day

May 11th – Default

May 18th – Default

May 25th – Default

June 1 – Mercedes

June 8 – Hot Rod Day

June 15 – Cars My Father Drove

June 22 – British

June 29 – Service Personnel

July 6 – Red, White, Blue

July 13 – Default

July 20 – Italians

July 27 – Porsche

Aug 3 – Alex Mills Day

Aug 10 – Muscle cars

Aug 17 – Mopar

Aug 24 – Corvette

Aug 31 – Default

Sept 7 – Motorcycle

Sept 14 – Default

Sept 21 – DTM

Sept 28 – Default

Oct 5 – Overland 4X4

Oct 12 – Default

Oct 19 – Default


What is Featured Parking?

What is the Featured lot?

The Featured Lot is our front parking area of approximately 35 spaces. These spaces are reserved for the first 35 vehicles that we determine to fit best with our Featured Theme of the day. Some Saturdays this theme will be easy (Italian Day) while others will be more subjective (Rare / Exotic / Unique). Our intent is to rotate the themes to allow the widest representation of vehicles into the Featured lot.

What if I am not selected for the Featured lot?

…then you simply park in one of the other 300 parking spaces in our other two parking lots…
Everyone is still welcome to attend and participate in our weekly event.

What if I still want to complain about not being selected for the Featured lot?

Well then, you could always sleep in until noon.
Or invite your friends to meet somewhere else on Saturday mornings.
Lastly you could always spend the morning repacking your muffler bearings with new grease.


Explaining our Default Theme

What is Rare / Exotic / Unique?

This is our default theme, intended to give us the greatest flexibility in putting vehicles into the front Featured lot. We will be using this default theme for approximately half of our 2018 events.

How do you define this theme?

As we often have over 400 vehicles per day, we leave the weekly selection of Featured vehicles up to one or more of our volunteers. That ensures that no one person always makes all the decisions, and a diversity of interests can be represented. Sorry, no bribes accepted!

That is the beauty of it – it is up to one of our volunteers each week to make this decision. In return for working as Ground Control, volunteers may be given the opportunity to use their personal interests to set the definition for the day. One volunteer may prefer German or Italian on one Saturday, while another volunteer may prefer American muscle the next weekend. And if we end up with a Featured lot that has predominantly boxy 70’s gas guzzlers, then it will make for some interesting photo galleries.

And hey, yes a Mustang II King Cobra would likely be put in the Featured lot on a Rare / Exotic / Unique day because it would likely be the only one we see that day. Plus Mark really likes Mustangs!

If you want to have a turn at selecting vehicles for Rare / Exotic / Unique day, the first step is to ask about becoming a Ground Control volunteer. Find an orange shirt, and ask us how!



(Photo Credit: This photo was exerpted from the book “Mustang Special Editions” by Brad Bowling and Jerry Heasley. It is available through and other online retailers.)


We Are Partners With The Police

The police are our partners

We are active partners with the Wilsonville police and their community policing efforts. So they help us control the occasional bad behavior that can occur whenever high octane and horsepower come together in a parking lot or the streets surrounding our event.

Excessive application of the throttle pedal may bring you attention that you don’t want.

If we witness a naughty driver, we do cooperate by providing photos and documentation to the Wilsonville police for follow up.  We hear that that can get expensive.

We also reserve the right to ban (temporarily or permanently) any drivers that break our rules during our event.  You are given these rules on the flyer when you arrive.

If you really want to see what your car can do, talk to us about a driving school at Portland International Raceway.  A few of us are driving instructors, and would be happy to sit with you for some laps at PIR instead of a drag race on the public streets.