A chronicle of events, news and information of the Golden Ears Chapter of the Vintage Car Club.
|Posted by angholbrook on September 8, 2014 at 1:30 PM||comments (0)|
It was the most beautiful weekend, with great weather and good company and no breakdowns!
We headed out Hwy 7 to Hope to top the gas tanks up before heading toward our destination. The traffic was light and all 10 cars managed to stay in sight of each other through the mountains. We arrived in Osoyoos to beautiful sunny skies and booked into the Best Western Hotel. We were given priority parking at the front of the hotel for the weekend. After unpacking we headed up to the 'happy hour' room, which was a family suite on the third floor, complete with outdoor balcony. Loads of room to sit and chat and plan our weekend. Our hosts, Judy and Doug, had arranged for the hotel to put on an 'appy' spread in a private dining room instead of heading out for supper. This worked out really well and was a great finish to our first day.
Saturday morning we met outside to go next door to the Rattlesnake amusement area. We were divided into teams and played a round of mini-golf. Some of our group had not played mini-golf since they were teenagers - so there was lots of fun and frivovility. The go-carts called to us as we played our golf - so over we went to have a race! Barry, Ross and Doug were the most aggressive - and Doug took a spin in the middle of the track, but didn't skip a beat! Afterwards we were given our boxed lunches and we headed out in convoy to our first winery stop - Silver Sage Wineries. We parked all together and headed to the lawn with our chairs and lunch. After about 1 hour we were ushered inside to a group wine tasting where we had the chance to try up to 12 different wines - most of them late harvest dessert wines. From there we took different routes back to the hotel, some stopping at other wineries along the way. Supper was scheduled at the Wildfire Grill, we buddied up for the drive up town - ask Jan about her 'comfy' seat - some chose to walk back to the hotel after a great meal.
Sunday was going to be a full day. We started off with a tour of JF Launier Kustoms where we had the opportunity to meet JF and see his wonderful creation Rivision. This beautiful car started ot as a 64 Buick Riviera, but you could hardly tell. JF was honoured with the Detroit Autorama Chevrolet Performance Ridler Award. For over 50 years, the Ridler award has represented the best of the best. It’s a defining moment to any car builder and if they’re fortunate to win the trophy, it will further launch their career to the stratosphere. It’s sort of like getting more street cred for already being in the trenches, or we should say, on the shop floor with torches and a welder. These builders are trying to create an over the top, one-off machine that will make the judges fall over backwards and unanimously vote for their car to be Ridler worthy. Go check it out here.
Off to Hester Creek Winery for a tasting, and purchasing, then on to Tinhorn Creek Vineyards where we took over the amphitheatre for another beautful boxed lunch picnic and a game of bocci ball - following Judy's rules - or not! Back at the hotel, a few brave souls went on to the bumper boats - Sharon was the only wise one and wore a bathing suit - the guys were in shirts and shorts. Everyone ganged up on Sharon, but the boys were the wettest! During all of this there was a wedding party having pictures taken and when we finished our fun, we found the bride and groom nestled up against Don's pickup for pictures - they then asked if they could sit in Angela's convertible for a couple - we all obliged and watched as the pictures were taken.
Supper was at Nk'mip Cellars on the patio. The meal was served family style and consisted of a tasty tomato salad, prime rib, potatoes and veg and a fantastic dessert. Of course wine was at the table too!
The weekend is drawing to a close - here we are on Monday morning saying goodbye to 3 of our group as they are staying one more night. The rest of us head out to Keremeos and stop to buy fruit and veggies. We reach the Brown Bridge Pub in Princeton about lunch time and head out onto the patio for food and beverages! This is our last stop before home - so again we say our goodbyes. We were all in sight of each other as we reached Hope and headed down Hwy 7 to home.
Thank you very much for a great weekend - Doug and Judy did a fantastic job of organizing everything - handing out prizes and keeping everyone in order! See some pictures in our photo albums
|Posted by angholbrook on August 1, 2014 at 12:15 PM||comments (0)|
Connor arranged a tour to the Interurban Railway and Restoration Shop in Cloverdale. Members met at Tim Horton's in Maple Ridge and went in convoy picking up others on the way.
The Interurban Restoration Shop is manned by volunteers who are restoring some interurban trains which ran from Chilliwack to Vancouver. The Car which is finished is Car #1225. It was built by St. Louis Car Co in 1912 and was one of 28 identical cars ordered. The car is 51 feet long and has a passenger capacity of 60. It's restoration was achieved with 20,000 volunteer hours over four years. Car 1225 was the last car on the last scheduled run before the system was decommissioned. The run ended on February 28, 1958 in Marpole.
After the tour of the shop and museum and rides on the Speeder, we travelled to Whiterock, cruised the 'drag' and met at the ABC Restaurant for lunch.
Thanks, Connor, for a great day! You can see some pictures here.
|Posted by angholbrook on July 27, 2014 at 2:25 PM||comments (0)|
Alyn Edwards wrote an article on Angela & Del's Dodge which was printed in the Vancouver Sun on July 25th, 2014. Another version is online at driving.ca. You can check the story out here.
|Posted by angholbrook on June 14, 2014 at 9:25 PM||comments (0)|
We had a very good turnout of cars for the Valley Fair Mall Father's Day Show (but no shine). 10 vehicles showed up in a very light drizzle that turned into rain, changed back to drizzle, etc all day long. The management of the Mall were very good to us. They provided us with tents so that we could sit in comfort (somewhat - until we got dripped on) and they brought us goodies ... danish, muffins and cookies ... yum! Some of us wished we had put our cars inside the mall as the Phillips and Waddells did with their yellow themed vehicles - a Ford Vic and a Mercury - that way we could have stayed in a nice warm place all day.
Thank you to all those who did turn out,
Vern with his Tbird,
Connor and his Merc,
Angela and the Satellite,
Al with his Buick,
Barry & Anne with their Model A,
Jake & Carolyn with their Ford Vic,
Bruce & Renate with their TBird,
Bill with his Olds
Pete with his Chev
and Gary with his Corvette
|Posted by angholbrook on June 10, 2014 at 2:30 PM||comments (0)|
On a drizzly May 25 a handful of Golden Ears members ventured out with their oldies to participate in the 4th Annual Maple Ridge Secondary School Dry Grad Fundraiser.
|Posted by angholbrook on May 9, 2014 at 1:40 PM||comments (0)|
On a very rainy day, May 4, a number of our members shuttled golfers from Maple Ridge Secondary School and Terry Fox Secondary School to the Westwood Plateau Golf Club. All passengers were teachers or administrators who were participating in the Annual SD43 Kidsport Golf Tournament. Once inside the dry clubhouse we visited, ate breakfast and were quite glad that we were not golfing.
|Posted by angholbrook on April 27, 2014 at 8:05 PM||comments (0)|
A number of vehicles - new and old - met at the Tim Horton's to travel to Surrey to visit two garages under partly sunny skies. After concluding that Jake's 'leak' was not fatal, we left and motored over the Golden Ears Bridge and out 200th to 80th and over to Tucker's Tin Farm. There we met up with the Lamothe's and the Ulmer's. In total there were 28 people with 11 oldies!
Earl and June, the consumate hosts, had coffee, tea and refreshments available for us to go along with the donuts provided by the Chapter. Earl told us that he is trying to downsize and that most anything was for sale .... if we just asked and had the money to pay for it! Already the railway and all the vintage pop bottles had disappeared - hopefully they went to good homes.
Earl showed us his very special vehicle - a 1941 Graham Hollywood - a special car that is totally custom having a 350 Corvette motor and power EVERYTHING! We are sure that he will have loads of fun with this one.
After a gab session and a wonderful visit, we left to go down the street to Dave Pollon's Chicken Farm. Earl, June and their daughter and son-in-law joined us.
Entering the Chicken Barn, one is not ready for what meets them .... You step into another world, one from the 50's or 60's, complete with a Soda Fountain, Main Street (with store fronts) and a garage.
Through the garage you step into a wonderful showroom filled with beautiful automobiles - new and old. What a great place.
Thank you to Earl, June and Dave for a wonderful afternoon!
For pictures please check out our Photo Albums.
|Posted by angholbrook on April 26, 2014 at 10:40 PM||comments (0)|
6 vehicles met at Tim Horton's before travelling through the backroads to Fort Langley, picking up another car and on to Aldergrove. The day was cloudy, but promissing.
On arriving at Otter Co-op at 248th and Fraser Hwy, we were greeted by the Central Fraser Valley Chapter members and registered. Luckily we all parked together, but by 9:30 the lot was full. The sun was out and everyone headed in to join the line in the Co-op for breakfast - 2 eggs, bacon (or sausage if you liked) hashbrowns and toast for $2.99 - not bad, unlimited coffee was extra. We met up with Dick and Harry and ushered them out of their seats so we could sit down.
The BBQ was lit and Fraser & Dorothy Field and Pa Morris cooked up lunch of hamburgs and hot dogs, helped out by the ladies of the Central Fraser Valley Chapter.
The rain started about 11:00 and drizzled on and off until about 12:30. Unfortunately most of our vehicles left. Just the 38 Ford and 37 Dodge were left - at lest these two can weather the storm!! And unlike the rest, the two oldies travelled home in the bright sunshine around 2:00 o'clock.
Thanks to all at Central Fraser Valley for a great day!
See pictures in our Photo Album.
|Posted by angholbrook on April 14, 2014 at 1:45 PM||comments (0)|
Our Spring Swap meet was held on April 12th at the Albion Fairgrounds in Maple Ridge, BC. It was a beautiful sunny day - all day - no raindrops of any sort! What a difference from other years.
Almost 50 members, spouses and friends helped to make this a very successful and fun event. Our friendly members welcomed people from all over the lower mainland who had come to browse the wares of car nuts from all over the province and south of the border. Lots of people brought out their classics and parked in the show section of the fairgrounds for all to admire.
Check out some of the pictures in our Photo Gallery.
|Posted by angholbrook on April 4, 2014 at 6:35 PM||comments (0)|
Mark Francis (ICBC) outlined the current goals: ICBC is 40 years old & is updating the technology ($400 M,) maintaining healthy financials, supporting business partners, simplify/modify processes. A video (You Tube Volvo self-driving cars,) was shown to demonstrate the near future of driving. The Collector Car Program is small but important & is well-known across Canada. The application program has been improved to build public awareness of the criteria, thus preventing rejections, by implementing the 4 page application, updating info on www.icbc.com, & updating brochures. ICBC agrees to expand the Mod. Vehicle to 1974 vehicles, expand to include replica vehicles, & to register out-of-province vehicles undergoing restoration
BUT this will not happen until the technology is in place 2016. There are 23 398 Collector/Mod. licences, 8 501 Antique, and 5000 annual applications. Of the 5000 applications received each year, a significant number are for transfer of title and this ensures the vehicles are maintained to meet the criteria.
Squeal Line: when a tip is received, the owner of the vehicle receives a warning letter. If photos arrive with the tip, ac-tion is taken and the account is flagged to not be renewed.
Era-correct parts: send photos & as much documentation as you can to support.
Japanese tiny trucks with rt. Hand drive: ICBC petitioned the Federal Gov’t to change the age to 25 years but there is heavy lobby by the Import Corporations. The vehicles have 44% higher crash incidence. Quebec rejects, PEI in process.
Installing a bigger engine: must be registered Modified, may require inspection.
You can submit questions to email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Declaration of Collector Car Appreciation Day (July 12th) to recognize outstanding contribution to charities & communities.
Tom Whiffen invited people to join the cruise to 100 Mile house for their car show July 12-13th.
SVABC currently has a good working relationship with ICBC; “No strength without working together.” ICBC was impressed with the number of members who responded to our survey. With government, numbers count so we need all car people & car clubs to join. Having Paypal on the web site helped increase membership.
The Board of Directors was elected to continue for 2014.
AirCare is finished at the end of 2014. There is no movement to privatize. There is a pro-rated cost.
Discussion about encouraging young people to get involved in the hobby resulted in these suggestions: ask young owners about their cars, visit high school shop programs, help youth with their car maintenance, etc. The NASKARS program in Vancouver (donated shop space & supplies, police volunteers, and kids who have stolen cars, building a car) resulted in saving $700 000 per kid…on stolen car settlements.
Remember the switch from HST to PST & GST? The New Car Dealers Assoc insisted that the 5% tax on every vehicle, boat, airplane, etc. continue. That tax netted $240 Million from July 2010 to Dec. 2013. Each time you purchase a collector vehicle, and any other used vehicle, the tax is collected again and again on the same vehicle…don’t you wish you’d sent a letter of protest to your MLA?
Some people want SVABC decals on their cars, others don’t want decals on their vehicles. The criteria for collector plates states no decals advertising commercial/corporate entities.
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