The Vancouver Auto show was held March 28 - April 2 at the Vancouver Convention Centre. Living on the west coast we realize that we are a bit out of the way as far as the manufacturers are concerned. This years show seemed a slightly subdued from last year but never the less had some highlights. Enjoy!
The 2016 event saw a change in venue from Fort Rodd Hill to the grounds of Government House. While the 184 cars that showed up were crammed into the orchard it was still quite a show of everything British. The feature this year was Rolls-Royce and Bentley and they turned out in numbers. The highlight was the 1952 Lagonda Drop Head Coupe that had been a barn find in Saskatchewan and was fully restored which was quite an endeavor considering all of its wooden frame was rotten and many hand made panels had to be remade. A very rare car indeed when you consider only 511 were produced between 1948 & 1953.
Porsche Club members gather in late August from all over the Pacific Northwest every year in Whistler. The gathering is an annual social event and is what makes being part of a club whose members are passionate about all things Porsche such fun. The weekend included a BBQ, concours, show & shine, banquet, autocross, and driving our Porsche\\\'s. The best part is meeting lots of people and making new friends and it was Whistler after all and the weather was great.
I had the good fortune to attend the grand opening of the Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit on Monday. As alway GAIN does everything first class and included lots of racing celebrities like Max Papis, Danny Sullivan, Tim Brown and Kevin Schwantz. The cars and bikes on display were amazing and included Billy Foster's 1966 Indy car and a Greg Moore Indy car. Great action on the track too including a formula Drift car driven by Brody Goble drifting all the way around the track, loud and smoky!.Thanks Brent!
The 2016 Vancouver Auto Show was probably one of the best in recent years. Vancouver is not exactly on the map and is very small in terms of 'Auto Shows' but I did see a good number of concept and upcoming new models soon to be released in North America. A good mix of sports and supercars along with your everyday transportation. Always well worth the trip across the pond to take it in.
Under sunny skies the 2015 edition of the Vancouver Island Motor Gathering was held at the Viscount Aero Centre at the Victoria airport. Over 250 cars were there featuring everything from hot rods to exotics with a few planes thrown in for good measure. Next years event will be held at the new Vancouver Island Motorsport Resort just outside of Duncan
The Porsche Club of America embarked on a Zone 6 tour for members that is expected to take three weeks. The drive will cover, BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming and pick up members from all the various regions along the way. On Sunday July 26th over thirty Porsche club members from Vancouver Island joined the tour for a day trip from Victoria, to Port Renfrew, Lake Cowichan, and ending in Nanaimo for dinner and overnight for those continuing on the next day.
The Saanich Fire Fighters Charitable Foundation (SFFCF) held their 13th annual Rock & Roll for Little Souls fundraising event on May 29, 30, and 31, 2015 at Pearkes Recreation Centre. Admission was by donation, with all proceeds supporting the Charitable Foundation’s mandate of helping local families.
The 2014 Crescent Beach Concours d"elegance again brought out a excellent assortment of quality vehicles. This is especially true in the prewar category where a number of the cars have been shown at places like Pebble Beach and Hilton Head. I highy recommend you make the trip if you have never been and while you are there enjoy afternoon drinks and snacks on the waterfront in White Rock.
The 2014 Motor Gathering saw a big change this year with the move to the Viscount Aero Centre in Sidney from its previous location at Queen Alexandra Hospital where it was started and held for many years. The weather was great, albeit a little on the warm side but the crowds came out to see a wide selection of automobiles both new and old.
Ted and Sharon Forbes located in Sooke BC have accumulated an amazing collection of mostly Late 50's Mercury convertibles and hardtops including some very rare models. They graciously hold open houses a couple times a year to allow invited guests to view their collection of cars and memorabilia.
The family orientated event took place on Sunday September 15, 2013 and there were over 2,000 spectators in attendance. Hosted on the Queen Alexandra grounds the Vancouver Island Motor Gathering was presented by the Germain Auto Import Network (GAIN). The 200 participants that showcased their vehicles showed up in style and there were 15 trophies awarded for everything from Most Original and Best Muscle Car to Best Classic Motorcycle and Best in Show.