Portland Historic Races Pledges to Raise Funds for Children's Cancer Association
PORTLAND, Ore. - April 19, 2004 - The Baxter Auto Parts Portland Historic Races is racing for children at this year's event. The 28th annual vintage racing event will take place July 9 through 11 at Portland International Raceway (PIR), 1940 N Victory Blvd. Gates are open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tickets range from $10 to $40 and are available at the gate or in advance at all Baxter Auto Parts locations. Children under 12 are admitted free with adult.
The Baxter Auto Parts Portland Historic Races has pledged to raise funds for the Children's Cancer Association (CCA), a not-for-profit organization based in Portland that works to positively impact the care and quality of life for seriously ill children and teens with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses throughout Oregon and the United States. This is the third year the racing event has associated itself with CCA.
A portion of the proceeds raised at numerous activities at the three-day event will go directly to the organization; these include hot lap rides around the racetrack, admission to the Food and Wine Pavilion presented by Fred Meyer, participation in events at the family zone, and purchase of select pieces of artwork in the artists gallery. There will also be a special track session at Noon on Friday in which racecar drivers will give rides to children and their family members whose lives have been impacted by the CCA.
The funds raised will be earmarked for the CCA's "Caring Cabin." The first of its kind in the western U.S., the CCA Caring Cabin was created to provide families a serene escape from the sterile environment and painful procedures of hospitals. The beautiful custom-designed cabin will be fully equipped to meet children's medical needs. Nestled among 24 acres of peaceful wooded land in Pacific City, Oregon, the cabin features its own private lake and is just minutes from the beach. It will be available at no cost to families. Construction of the cabin is currently underway.
The Baxter Auto Parts Portland Historic Races features racing by some of the most celebrated vintage cars in history. Nearly 250 prestigious cars are divided into groups according their age and horsepower to compete at PIR. The event is an opportunity for the general public to get up close and personal with these renowned cars that are accessible to everyone at the track.
Highlights of this year's event include appearances by Parnelli Jones, a famed racecar driver who has won nearly every major auto race event in the nation. Jones will be joined by a field of drivers at the wheels of Historic Trans-Am cars from the original no-holds-barred, highly competitive Trans-Am racing series. There will also be a field of vintage motorcycles, presented by Vmoto, for the first time in the event's history.
In addition to racing, the event offers an infield display of more than 900 specialty and collector cars and hot rods; a family zone with activities for children; a vendor midway; and an upscale food and wine pavilion. Event sponsors include Baxter Auto Parts, Northwest Natural, The Oregonian, Fred Meyer and Carrera Motors.
For more information about the Baxter Auto Parts Portland Historic Races, call 503-274-0019 or visit www.portlandhistorics.com. For more information about Children's Cancer Association, visit www.childrenscancerassociation.org.