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Rose Cup: 55 Years Young and Still Racing Strong

One of the featured events of the Sports Car Club of America series, the Portland Rose Festival Rose Cup Race hits the track at Portland International Raceway this weekend (Friday, June 12 through Sunday, June 14) in what is forecasted to be ideal weather conditions for the oldest amateur road racing event west of the Mississippi River. This race has been popular with West Coast racing enthusiasts for five decades, attracting more than 400 amateur drivers in more than 25 different classes of modern and vintage racecars.

For the first time, the Rose Cup Race will feature the exciting Spec Racer Ford group, with up to 40 identically prepared sports racing machines battling for their first chance at the trophy. Because each car is the same as every other car, the focus in this race group is entirely on the driver, making this Rose Cup a true champion’s race.

The Festival Trophy Race will showcase the traditional high horsepower, high performance Rose Cup Cars. The Corvettes, Mustangs, Porsches and other production-based race cars you love to see in the Rose Cup will battle just as hard for the Festival Trophy this year. Several past Rose Cup winners will be on hand to put their names on this trophy. In June 1909, the Wemme Trophy was awarded to Bert Dingley, who won a race held on public roads between Portland and Gresham. Today racers in the Vintage class compete for the Wemme Trophy to honor great drivers and cars from any era.

The Portland Karting Association will exhibit a variety of kart classes, with many different engine sizes and road race speeds up to 170 MPH. From SuperKarts to sit-up to laydown types, there is a class for most anyone. Karting is a family-oriented sport with racing opportunities for kids 5 years old up to adult and master classes.

The Sports Car Club of America, a 60,000-member not-for-profit national organization that promotes more than 2,000 amateur and professional motor sports events each year. Races like PortlandĀ“s prestigious Rose Cup, organized by the Oregon region of the SCCA, represent the grassroots motor sports participation that typifies the club.

Times are 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily. Three-day general admission is $20 advance and $25 at the door. BUY TICKETS

Kendall Auto Group of Central Oregon, the Official Auto Group of the Rose Cup Races.