VANCOUVER — Last weekend was a relatively quiet one for local car events, but this weekend has more to offer.
I missed the Haney Swapmeet from pure exhaustion as there were so many cool cars to photograph at the Tradex Event Centre, I had to get there early. I was out to Abbotsford a lot last week as Tuesday was the unveiling of the first 2015 Corvette Z06 in B.C. at Murray Chevrolet. A customer/friend of mine Ben Hsu was the lucky dude who got to write the cheque and drive away in the bright blue Beast — “the Blue Monster,” to quote Ben.
As I mentioned in last week’s column, the star of the Tradex show would be Don and Elma Voth’s Imposter, and sure enough it was. Based on a Corvette chassis and running gear it had a 1965 Impala body cut up and modified to fit the smaller chassis and looks absolutely perfect.
Here’s a short list of rumours I heard about the Imposter over the weekend: it was supposed to be Elma’s grocery getter when finished; it was going to be green; it cannot be driven on the roads in Canada due to motor vehicle rules; and my favourite — well actually one I started — builder Chip Foose kept all the original pieces in case the Voths want to return it to stock and get collector plates.
All kidding aside, both buildings of the Tradex were filled with cool cars. Some other notables in the front building not normally seen was a Studebaker pickup hot rodded and presented by the Jansen Clan and a twin turbo AMX that was in Hot Rod Magazine. The 1968 AMX owned by Kevin Mervin was as over the top as the Imposter was subtle and its green paint was stellar. This weekend we will have one swap meet each for cars and motorcycles, a cruise to raise money for cancer, a British car show, a show at the Otter Co-op open and for those in the know, a three-day car cruise for older specialty vehicles.
Unfortunately, there really is not a good place for spectators to watch the latter, so maybe you better buy an older gem and go on the Hagerty Spring Thaw next year. It goes from Hope to Whistler over all sorts of roads and looks like a blast. Check out classiccaradventures.com for entering next year.
Willie Wright’s 1950 Ford pickup is the Otter Co-op Show’s feature truck and was purchased new in 1950 by the Wright family and has lived all its life on 240th Street not far from the show. Willie can tell you some very interesting stories about this truck so make sure you stop by to say hello. Also on hand is the poster car for the event, Doug Taylor’s 1957 retractable Ford.
The Otter Co-op show is put on by one of the car clubs I belong to, the Central Valley Chapter of the Vintage Car Club of Canada. The show will only be on the Sunday this year and it will compete head-to-head with the LAMB British car show in Fort Langley. But since the Motorcycle Swapmeet, the Otter Co-op show and the Fort Langley show are all a nice short drive from each other, try to do all three.
And don’t forget to take a kid with you!
SATURDAY, APRIL 25
What: Cruise For Your Cause
Where: Cars gather at the BC Kidney Foundation, 4940 Canada Way, Burnaby
When: Muster at 9 a.m., cruise departs at 9:30 a.m.
Registration: Free registration on Cruise website
Info: Travis at 604-616-9373 or [email protected]
Facebook: Cruise for Your Cause 2015
What: Classic Car & Parts, Antique & Collectibles Swap Meet
Where: White Post Auto Museum, 4439A Trans-Canada Hwy., Tappen
When: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine
Registration: Indoor and outdoor booths $25
Info: 250-835-2224 or [email protected] Website: whitepostautomuseum.ca
Facebook: White Post Auto Museum
SUNDAY, APRIL 26
What: Third annual Otter Co-Op Country Car Show
Where: Otter Co-op, 248th at Fraser Highway, Aldergrove
When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Registration: $10 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Sponsored by Central Fraser Valley Chapter V.C.C.C. and Otter Co-Op
Info: John at 604-996-5646 or email [email protected]
What: 10th annual St. George’s British Motoring Show
Where: Fort Langley Community Hall on Glover Road
When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Registration: Special anniversary price $10, celebrating 60 years of MGA
Info: 604-857-1837, [email protected] or [email protected]
Facebook: Langley Area Mostly British Motoring Club
What: 29th Annual Classic & Vintage Motorcycle Swap Meet and Show ‘N Shine
Where: AGRIPLEX building at Cloverdale Rodeo Grounds, 62nd Avenue
When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Admission: $12 (under 12 free)
Registration: Vendor booths $100.
Info: 604-299-0020 or Todd at [email protected]
To be included in Cam’s Show ‘N’ Shine, please send your info (formatted as above) to Cam Hutchins at [email protected]