By Benny Westcott
The New Era 

Gambler 500 Rolls Through Sweet Home


July 26, 2023

Benny Westcott

Ken Montero of Portland sits in his decked-out Volkswagen bug near Conversion Brewery in Lebanon.

People who spent at least a modest amount of time around Sweet Home's Main Street on Friday, July 14, probably heard hoots and hollers from passing motorists and witnessed those same drivers having an unusual amount of fun in various vehicles that would normally only be seen in a junkyard.

These sights and sounds could only mean one thing: Gambler 500 weekend was upon us.

The concept is pretty simple. Trick out a rig in an unusual way, or find a way to give a seemingly hapless car a second life with some creative ideas, and you have yourself a Gambler-ready ride. Then take off to remote pa...

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