The History of the Portland Roadster Show
Beginning in 1956, this show heralded the arrival of the hot rodding season both locally and regionally, with the best show of its kind in the West. Over the years it has gained national stature as one of the premiere hot rodding events in the United States. This year we celebrate our 58th anniversary.
For 57 years, the Portland Roadster Show has presented the artistic efforts of skilled craftsman, and the hobbyist alike. Displaying virtual "automotive art" crafted from the vision and passion of the automobile.
All of the outstanding cars, trucks, and motocycles in our show, are painstakingly selected from hundreds of applications each year, to provide the best show possible.
Combined with displays from the finest builders and suppliers; along with vintage automobilia, model car expositions, and the creative efforts of our youth, in our "High School Challenge", the Portland Roadster Show continues to maintain its reputation as one of the biggest and best shows in the country.
Our Show is the Hot Rodders’ forum of esteemed peers and public access.
The Bob Paeth Portland Classic Model Car Contest
In January 1972; the late Bill Peterson, promoter of the "Portland Roadster Show" gave Bob Paeth and Lonnie Flanders the go-ahead to plan and hold a model car contest. This first contest featured 60 models displayed on 4 sheets of plywood. The Multnomah Hot Rod Council provided the trophies and ribbons for the contestants. The second year demonstrated a growth in participation and Ron Martinolich was brought on-board to assist in judging the entered models. 1974 marked the absence of Lonnie because of his leaving the area and Ron assumed Lonnie’s responsibilities.
Fast forward to 1985, and the newly formed Scale Auto Builders Association (SABA), became active in the promotion of the annual contest. In 2003, SABA assumed full sponsorship of the contest and the name Rose City Model Car Classic was adopted as the official name of the contest.
This is the longest continuously running contest of its kind in the United States. Plan on spending some time in the contest area and observe these miniatures of what you have already seen on the main floor. Ask questions that you may have so that you may more fully understand this smaller version of the hobby of the automotive world.
The Multnomah Hot Rod Council
Founded in 1954 by Dee Wescott; community members and elected officials, The Multnomah Hot Rod Council is a non-profit organization based in Portland Oregon consisting of car clubs in northwest Oregon and southwest Washington. Functions of MHRC include: Helping coordinate the automotive show scene in the Portland metropolitan area and operation of the "Portland Roadster Show", one of the oldest and best roadster shows in the country.