The Brit Car Drive Up is presented by the All British Field Meet - The Greatest Show on British Wheels and will feature and promote classics from the ABFM. This year's ABFM will again be held at the VanDusen Gardens on Saturday May 18, 2013. (ABFM web site)
Please join us for a brisk Saturday morning drive to the Convention Centre followed by a visit to the big Auto Show. Cars will assemble between 9:30am and 10:00 am at the Vancouver Planetarium parking lot, Vanier Park, Kits Point, Vancouver. (location) From there we will convoy down Burrard Street to the Convention Centre.
We anticipate a good showing with at least one Aston Martin DB5 leading the parade to celebrate Aston's 100th anniversary. Also, we would like Austin Healey's 60th anniversary to be well represented as well. But all 'Brit' cars are welcome to join in the fun as we take over the streets of downtown Vancouver. Clubs are welcome to bring membership promotion material and banners, as the VIAS will be promoting this event and a large crowd of spectators and media coverage is anticipated.
Lordco Auto Parts in Valleyview hosted a Car Show in their parking lot on Sunday, September 18th, with all of the proceeds going to aid the Kamloops Food Bank. Maybe we are biased but the highlight of the show for us was the above trio of Minis. They perfectly illustrated the versatility of this long time favourite.
Jim Clark's completely original, orange 1976 Mini 1000 is in the middle. It was imported from Australia, which explains why the steering wheel is on the 'wrong' side. The green one on the left is Simon Griffin's 1974 Mini. It is an excellent example of a modified - but still streetable - car, with its Weber-carbed, bored-out 1100 cc engine, Cooper S front disc brakes and a full custom interior. Simon's car took 1st Place in the Peoples' Choice Award over about 90 other cars (mostly American 'muscle') in the day's Show and Shine!
The white car on the right will be very familiar to local Vintage race fans. It is VRCBC member Geoff Tupholme's full race version of a 1973 Mini with a 1293 cc engine and many 'go-fast' tweaks. (You will be able to watch Geoff and many other Vintage racers at the season's final event on October 9th at Mission Raceway Park.) Check out the engine photos below.
Greg Harper of Breakfast Television visited the Vancouver Auto Show on Friday, April 1st. You can watch the full video Clip here. At about 3 minutes in, Greg talks to Nigel Matthews of Hagerty about the very rare 1959 Jensen 541-R, which was a big...