Vancouver Collector Car Show & Auction at the PNE!

Organized by the Dueck AutoGroup and ambitiously called “the largest celebration of the collector car hobby that Vancouver has ever seen,” the inaugural Vancouver Collector Car Show & Auction proved the unmissable event of the summer. It took place at the end of June and was held at a combination of the PNE Fairgrounds, the Forum and the Agrodome, which totalled for over 50,000 sq. ft. of vehicles, exhibits, and entertainment!

The VCCC Vancouver Chapter was of course part of the show. Our cars were displayed both inside some of the smaller buildings and outside, at the main VCCC exhibition, under a large white tent. The mood was relaxed and warm as people of all ages and interests flocked to the tent to take pictures, ask questions, and appreciate the meticulously restored and polished cars on hand.

Peter Trant’s 1929 Ford Town Sedan.

The famous Bonaguro Special from The Johnson Group. Built between 1957-1963 and made up of Sudebaker, Oldsmobile, Chevrolet, Dodge and Ford parts. Who can identify which parts are from what make?

But car displays were only a part of the show. There was live entertainment, sponsor booths, and most importantly, the auction! At around midday I decided to head over to the Agrodome where I treated myself to some soft serve ice cream and grabbed a seat near the action. What followed was a joyous frenzy that lasted for hours on end. Vintage cars, youngtimers, Porsches, Dodges, you name it, they had it. And great bargains were to be had. This Ferrari 308 GTS ‘Magnum P.I.’ sold for well below its market value, which meant one lucky new owner not only finally got to pretend he’s Tom Selleck in Hawaii and with a moustache, but that he also got himself one heck of a bargain!

Once I decided I had seen enough gorgeous cars change hands I ventured back outside. Nearer to the Forum I spotted the tents where all the auction cars were lined up. Further down the road there were also some famous movie cars, military vehicles, and vintage ambulances. In short, the Vancouver Collector Car Show had it all. See you next year!

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