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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 www.Amazon.com 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.

Photos yes, drones no

Photos yes, drones no

We love to see pictures of cool cars at our event! So if you want to take pictures at our event, go ahead! Then post them here for others to enjoy!

We have a long history of amateur and professional photographers at our event. After ten years, many folks have built and honed their skills of perspective and arrangement. As long as you are not selling the photos, or using them to make money via your website or media channel, feel free to post the links to your online storage.

However aerial photography is NOT allowed via drones or any other flying methods. We have an operating agreement with World of Speed, so please help us stay within the boundaries. Keep the cameras in hand or on a selfie stick.

It has nothing to do with whether you are a licensed drone pilot, or can articulate down to the meter how far away from the Aurora airport we are. Our policy is simply no drones at our event.

Keep the cameras in your hands, and get out there and see what amazing photos you can take in person!

Our Incredible Volunteers

Ground Control: Our incredible volunteers!!!

It would be impossible to manage this event without the help of an amazing group of volunteers! They are the backbone of Portland Cars and Coffee. We call them Ground Control.

You can easily see our GC members by the orange and black shirts they wear, sort of like a safety cone. (No we are not sponsored by OSU) They will also be wearing a lanyard with a copy of our rules, in case you have questions. And of course, a radio and earpiece will help us communicate.

When you enter the driveway, you will usually be greeted by two of our GC members, Valerie and Lisa. They will greet you with a smile, and provide you a flyer with our rules and our calendar. We strongly suggest you smile back and graciously accept the handout. However if you are a grouch, or your don’t want to roll your window down for the flyer, these ladies know how to drive and will track you down!

As you follow the line of cars for parking, additional GC members will guide you towards available parking spaces. Please follow their instructions, as they will help you along the way. If you don’t follow their instructions, they may help you out the back gate and out of the event. Nicely, of course…

2018 Featured Theme Calendar

Our 2018 Calendar of Featured Themes for the front parking lot is here!

 

We are celebrating 10 years of meeting every Saturday by returning to our roots!  The entirety of the car enthusiast community, with fewer specific themes and more of our Rare / Exotic / Unique days to allow for a more broad representation of cool cars in the front Featured lot.  As always, the remaining two parking lots are open to all vehicles, every Saturday, regardless of the Featured Theme.

 

There are two formats for our calendar. First is the interactive calendar, found here Calendar by month

Alternately this list format may be easier to print and keep in your vehicle:

April 14 – Mustang Day
May 12 – Opening Day
May 19 – Rare / Exotic / Unique
May 26 – Rare / Exotic / Unique
June 2 – Rare / Exotic / Unique
June 9 – Rare / Exotic / Unique
June 16 – Cars My Father Drove
June 23 – Rare / Exotic / Unique
June 30 – Red, White, and Blue
July 7 – Service Personnel Appreciation
July 14 – Rare / Exotic / Unique
July 21 – Porsche Day
July 28 – Italian Day
Aug 4 – Hot Rods (classic)
Aug 11 – Rare / Exotic / Unique
Aug 18 – Muscle Cars (big blocks)
Aug 25 – Motorcycle Day
Sept 1 – Rare / Exotic / Unique
Sept 8 – Corvette Day
Sept 15 – Mopar Day
Sept 22 – Rare / Exotic / Unique
Sept 29 – Overland 4×4 Day
Oct 6 – Rare / Exotic / Unique
Oct 13 – Rare / Exotic / Unique

Oct 20th and beyond – We still keep meeting, every Saturday, all year long. Anyone can park in any lot, in any designated parking space.