All British Field Meet
Portland, Oregon

By Doug Auburg
(all photos by the author unless otherwise noted)

All British Field Meet of Portland, Oregon

The 30th Portland ABFM was held, as always, on Labor Day weekend at Portland International Raceway. This event is co-sponsored by following six local British car clubs: The Jaguar Owners or Oregon, Austin Healey Club of Oregon, Columbia Gorge MGA Club, Club T MG, Portland Triumph Owners Association, and the Pacific Coast Rover Club.

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Overview of the car show field

This may be the largest annual all British car event in the US with over 800 cars and bikes registered in 2006. In addition, there was a full weekend of vintage racing on the track, sponsored by the Society of Vintage Racing Enthusiasts (SOVREN) who had an additional 200-plus vintage race cars on display and racing.

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SOVERN race pits were open for a walking tour

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A Big Healey spars with a Formula V racer on the track
(photo by Bob Wallace)

Needless to say, this is a really great weekend of car-related activities. We started off with an all day car show on Saturday. Other activities on Saturday included a Land Rover sponsored “Jungle Ride” for charity. Participants were treated to a hair raising ride around a nearby motocross course.

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"EEEK, BE CAREFULL!! We're going to fall!!"
(photo by Bob Wallace)

The “main event” of the weekend is the car show. There are hundreds of cars parked on the field to see. That means a lot of walking but it also means a lot of fun admiring what’s on view.

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British bikes

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Sprites and other Healeys

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The new MINI's are turning out in numbers

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Land Rovers always show, and many of their owners camp out

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Triumphs are always a big draw

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For those who have trouble commuting, there's the Ferret.
Yes, it's road legal!

Saturday’s events are crowned by a great BBQ dinner before we all go our separate ways for a good night’s sleep. Sunday morning comes early and there’s a great All British Swap Meet on the menu.

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Lots of booths, lots of bargains, and everyone is having fun.

What a great day! There were lots of parts for sale, cars for sale and lots of other things to see. When we went home we were well satisfied that we had attended another great all British event.

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