A Magical Tour Authored by Del Holbrook The Vintage Car Club of Canada’s Canada 150 Tour was a tremendous magical success. Ken Hoshowski and his committee put together an interesting and adventurous tour through the center of B. C. 58 cars started in Chilliwack on a sunny June 6th […]
What a wonderful weekend!! We arrived to a friendly group of organizers who handed out the registration packages and escorted us out to waiting buses to go on a tour for the afternoon. There were two amazingl venues on our bus tour. Our first stop was the Summerhill Winery, where […]
On a beautiful spring weekend, May 8 – 11, 2015 Central Fraser Valley Chapter hosted our 57th Annual May Tour. Over 100 vintage and antique vehicles and almost 250 people arrived at the Ag Rec Centre in Abbotsford. They were greeted by a very enthusiastic and energetic team lead by Jack […]
Vancouver Chapter’s West Side Garage Tour took place on Sunday, October 27th. At 10:00AM we met at the Cheshire Cheese Inn at 4548 Dunbar Street for a bit of a brunch. Seen here is Peter Trant shouting instructions for our first checkpoint. And what a checkpoint it was! Peter […]
Some of you may remember that during the Vancouver Chapter’s Babe Run in July, 2011 my vehicle suffered a major engine failure when the centre main bearing broke out of the crankcase. Having repaired the engine it was behaving flawlessly and everything was “happy” with my car. While backing the […]
I had planned to tick off two major boxes on my automotive to-do list. One was the Hungary F1 race, and the other was the BMW Welt and Museum in Munich. In upcoming blog posts you’ll get to read all about those two experiences, but today I’m documenting my spur of the moment visit to the Porsche Factory and Museum in Zuffenhausen near Stuttgart.
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…
As many TV show and film makers have learned, choosing the right car for a project can pay off in a big way. Many distinctive automobiles have even managed to achieve a level of worldwide fame that would make most A-list celebrities envious. Here are three famous cars that have […]
It was Kamloops, and its beautifully located Thompson Rivers University, that was host to the 2013 May Tour. Those of you that were there will agree that the combination of great friends, incredibly sunny weather, and around 150 of beautifully preserved vintage cars managed to make the Kamloops May Tour […]
Vintage. It’s a strong word. It commands respect. To call a car vintage to people who don’t get cars is to associate age. But to car enthusiasts it’s an instant association of “they never made anything like it again.” Take, for example, the 1950s. I like to think of the 50’s as a period in time where the focus of manufacturers didn’t center around design or power, but instead to get a vehicle in every home of every freedom loving American. It was a reward for winning the war, and they rewarded well. The American powerhouses produced
A few days ago I wrote an article on my personal blog (alexotics.blogspot.com) about the impending end of the analog car. As I spoke about the dying breed of lightweight, unadulterated, manual transmission rear-wheel drive coupes, I realized that these ‘end of an era’ cars could make for great investments – and great fun.
When looking at the Italian super cars, the one standout
A friend of mine sent me some terrific old photos of bygone era gas/service stations. They were fun to see and brought back some memories.
I’m guessing that most guys our age worked pumping gas. For me, there was Harold Lehman’s Esso station at the corner of Broadway and Bayview, three houses away from my childhood home and…
The story behind this McLaughlin Buick started for me in September of 1977 when I was living and working out of the small town of Bassano in southern Alberta. My job allowed me to travel throughout the rural area and encompassed several other small towns in my district. It was on one of my travels that I spotted the car in a deserted old farmstead. I recognized it as a…
In 1927, Henry Ford was the richest man in the world. The Brazilian rubber industry was booming as a result of the industrial revolution and rubber prices had begun to rise. As the Ford Motor Company relied heavily on rubber tree plantations the decision was made to break the Brazilian rubber monopoly by building a factory smack in the middle of the Amazon forest. Due to a…
When I attended the Ontario College of Art in the early 70’s, one of my teachers was an interesting guy named Richard Beal. He taught design…
One day, when I was heading into the school, I noticed Richard parking his car in front of OCA on Beverly Street in the Dundas and University Avenue area. His car was a stunning and quite rare