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Classic Porsche’s in The Gorge

Route 30 fron across street2If you are near Portland, Oregon and enjoy vintage Porsche’s, there is a gem of a place that you should know about.  Everybody knows that The Gorge has plenty of stuff (like for mom and the kids) to do – but if you are a car guy that has come to Hood River to visit the WAAAM (air and automobile museum), for the Maryhill Loops Hill Climb, or to see some of the most recognized driving (car video, and commercial filming) roads in North America, you will end up close to Route 30 ClassicsJust take the Mosier exit (Exit 69) from I-84, and you can’t miss it – really.

Mosier is an eclectic little town 5 miles east of Hood River – when wind sports took of in The Gorge, a lot of the hippy / hipsters settled right there.  One of those hippies is Stephen Demosthenes – he’s a Porsche nut with a collection of Porsche memorabilia (some of it for sale) and some cars.  Oh, and there is also an ice cream shop…

I stopped by last week and there were two very nice early 70’s 911’s on display, and Stephen’s blue 6 cylinder 914 that you’ve seen if you regularly ride a bicycle between Hood River and The Dalles.

Dean and McQueen

Porsche’s are cool, as evidenced by the fact that both James Dean and Steve McQueen are inextricably linked to them.  Dean for famously dying in one, and McQueen for his movie LeMans.

917 Arentina 1000K

LeMans featured the Porsche 917 – the biggest, baddest sports racing prototype of all time.  The 917 was capable of speeds approaching 250mph, it was the pinnacle of technology in the early 70’s – they were loved by racing fans and feared by those who drove them.  At Route 30  Classics, Stephen has a nice collection of the posters that  commemorate the Porsche 917 and great races of that era.

Route 30 911's

This is a nice spot in a little town that has something of interest for just about everybody – especially a car guy that likes ice cream…

Oregon Trail Rally 2014

Oregon Trail Rally is this week, Friday through Sunday.  Everything you want to know is in the Spectator Guide.

Suspect 541 Gravel

Friday night at PIR (Portland International Raceway – a Portland park), starting at 6:00pm.

Saturday in Dufur the cars will be on display at Dufur City Park, beginning at 9:00am.  Dufur City Park is scheduled to be the location for all services.  That means that as the car finish stages, there will be time for them to work on the cars.  That will be happening at a central, easy to find location.  This is an excellent spectating opportunity.  Kids love this stuff!

Saturday night at 7:30 – a party with cars at Double Mountain Brewery

Sunday the cars will be running stages near Hood River, and servicing down in the Port Area – Again, beginning at 9:00am

Who to look for?

I’ll be rooting for McDowell and Henderson (notice how I put the co-driver’s name first…?) – Hood River boys and hell-a-fast!!! Number 541, Subaru WRX (photo above).  Great insights on their Facebook page.

Carl Decker is a bicycle racer from Bend who also spends some time in Hood River.  He’s stupid-quick on a bike – expect that to carry over.  Like Henderson, if you think race driver’s ain’t athletes… you ain’t thinkin’ very hard.  Number 693, and it’s probably still a Subaru.

Anybody named Tabor has done a lot for Rallying in the Northwest, and there are a bunch of them.

Paul Eklund is another Portland guy with a family history in the sport.

Any car running as a “Regional” entry is likely somebody from not too far away.  And bring your kids – even the girls will be excited to see that there are women involved in this sport.  It’s super cool stuff.  Check it out.