The Province - - DRIVING - Cam Hutchins

Ihave not missed many Tom The Tire Guys Mother’s Day Car shows, but last Sun­day I spent the day with my wife, our son, our niece and our new puppy.

I did not go to a sin­gle car show, or shoot a sin­gle car photo — ex­cept of our 1966 Austin Healey at my dad’s cel­e­bra­tion of life on Satur­day.

Dad’s Healey was a hit and lots of the peo­ple re­mem­ber him do­ing house calls in the car. He also let lots of peo­ple drive it. My brother will be bring­ing the car to to­mor­row’s All-Bri­tish Field Meet, an event that will make up for last week­end’s lack of pho­tos. I typ­i­cally take around 1,000 pho­tos at the an­nual Van Dusen Botan­i­cal Gar­den show.

Satur­day’s Van Dusen show and the run to Whistler the fol­low­ing day high­light the fact that 60 years ago al­most half of all the new cars sold in Van­cou­ver were Bri­tish-made. Not sur­pris­ingly, Metro Van­cou­ver garages con­tain some very cool Bri­tish clas­sics that are not of­ten seen even in Bri­tain.

Many young, lo­cal hot rod­ders started out by mod­i­fy­ing lit­tle Bri­tish sedans as they could not af­ford the big­ger Amer­i­can cars of the day. The ABFM will fea­ture a few of these lit­tle cars with Amer­i­can mus­cle un­der the hoods ... err … bon­nets. And any­one fa­mil­iar with the Green fam­ily will rec­og­nize two of the broth­ers mean lit­tle Austins on the ver­dant Van Dusen lawn.

Fea­tured classes this are the Jaguar MK 1 and 2, and a spe­cial sec­tion of highly mod­i­fied Bri­tish cars, in­clud­ing a 12-car dis­play of Ital­ian de­signed, Bri­tish–built clas­sics, aptly ti­tled Bri­talia.

One day I have to get around to see­ing the Knox Moun­tain Hill­climb in Kelowna. It’s not in the cards this year, but maybe next year.

The Green fam­ily, men­tioned above, have rel­a­tives that op­er­ate an A&W restau­rant on King Ge­orge High­way near 68th in Sur­rey. For years they have been putting on a car show ev­ery week at their lo­ca­tion. This year they are tak­ing a rest, so much thanks for your great ef­forts to pro­mote this wild hobby of ours!

Which leads me to a re­quest for all of you: please let me know of your favourite cruise nights through­out the prov­ince and I will com­pile a list to spread the news. That way more peo­ple will be able to take a kid to a cruise night or show.


The great­est show on Bri­tish wheels rolls into VanDusen Botan­i­cal Gar­den on Satur­day.

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