HISTORY OF THE OREGON CHAPTER OF THE
EDSEL OWNERS CLUB
Back in 1974 ten local Edsel lovers put their heads together and formed the “Oregon Chapter of the Edsel Owners Club”. It has been growing ever since and we have more than 75 members now from mostly Oregon and Southwest Washington.
Owning an example of Ford’s “big mistake” is what caused most of us to cross paths. But friendship made and fun times had is what keeps us going strong.
You won’t find many trailered show cars in this club; we like to use our Edsels! We are budget minded with low yearly dues and activities that involve modest or no cost.
We’re trying to be a club that everyone can feel welcome in!
The Oregon Chapters purposes are several—
- To provide a regular gathering opportunity for the Edsel enthusiasts of Oregon and Southern Washington. We simply enjoy each other’s company so we like getting together.
- Organizing into a club gives us a chance to pass along restoration and maintenance information at gatherings and through our newsletter “The Edsel Light”. These old cars need lots of T.L.C.
- Spreading our enthusiasm about these unique cars is another of our goals. We do this mostly by using our Edsels—often in club functions like parades, car shows, meets, etc.
You don’t have to be an Edsel owner to join—an interest in these old cars is all that it takes.
Our Club keeps busy with several major events each year. We generally meet on the third Sunday of each month and alternate our meetings to different locations in the Portland/Vancouver, Salem and Eugene/Springfield areas. Summer gatherings usually center on an activity like a driving tour (Edselcade!), a picnic, or a local parade.
We help organize Edsel meets both locally and nationally. Our other major undertaking (and yearly fundraiser) is the “Portland Northwest Car Collectors Show and Swap Meet” held in October of every year. We also end/start every year off with a Christmas party.