VINTAGE CAR CLUB of CANADA
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I'm not really one to talk about myself but per your request, here's a
bit of a bio . . .
whole life I've had an interest in cars, and my brother Jim is to blame.
When I was growing up in the fifties, Jim (who is ten years older than
me), taught me to recognize the year, make, and model of just about
every car that cruised by in sleepy old Kelowna, BC. He made quite a bit
of spare change betting friends his six-year-old brother could name nine
out of the next ten cars to go by. Sadly, I was too young to know I
should be asking for a cut of the winnings.
The cars of the thirties, forties and fifties remain my major area of automotive interest, but both older and newer ones can also catch my eye as well. Particularly if they look good and/or go fast!
For years I've gone to car shows and automotive museums all over the world. Almost every trip my wife and I have made, has included an automotive destination of some sort. In fact, on our honeymoon, we spent a day at the original Harrah's Auto Collection in Reno, Nevada. Thank goodness she puts up with my love of all vehicles.
graduating from "Building Technology" at BCIT, my work experience
began as a building construction inspector, followed by years of
architectural drafting, then technical illustrator/writer for Western
Star Trucks and finally computer graphic arts both freelance and as
Art Director for a label printing company, all of which gave me the
technical experience to explore my interest in creating digital
artwork with an automotive theme.
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Thursday 2020-12-20 1965 Mustang Mach
was fortunate to be in the right place at the right time to snap some
pics of my friend Bruce's debut of his completed '69 Mustang Mach
1 Sportsroof at one of the few McCurdy Corner Cas Shows this summer.
Hopefully next year the car shows will be back.
shown the car from the back as I've always liked the way the
roofline is done. If I had to say which classic Mustang is my
favourite, this would be top of the list. I believe Gale Halderman was
the designer responsible for the look of the Mustang. Sadly he died
this year, here's a link to his obit: https://motorcities.org/story-of-the-week/2020/remembering-gale-halderman-the-man-behind-the-ford-mustang
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|Wed. 2020-12-30 Motorcycles
Motorcycles played a big part in my mis-spent youth. After my first motorbike, a little Honda Super Cub, the rest of my bikes had 2-stroke engines. I liked the simplicity of that engine, it has just three moving parts: the piston, connecting rod and crankshaft - no camshafts, pushrods, rockers, valves or any of the other complications a 4-stroke engine needs to operate. In my motorcycling days I had six bikes with 2-stroke engines and managed to break only one. I also liked that 2-strokes usually made more horsepower per CC than 4-strokes. In motocross racing for example, 250cc 2-strokes race against 450cc 4-strokes. However there is a downside to getting big power from a 2-stroke, it can have a very narrow power band. Kawasaki took that route with their H1 500 triple that came out just after the Suzuki 500. At 4500 rpm the Kawasaki made about 15 horsepower, at 4800 maybe 18, at 4900 it was about 20, then at 5000 rpm 60 hp! You better be ready for that sudden burst of power or bad things happened. It wasn't nicknamed "The Widowmaker" for nothing.
took a different approach with THEIR 500. They tuned their engine to
have a wide power band and while it was fast enough, it was nowhere
nearly as quick as the Kawi. When it came to its engine and frame
layout, again it was the opposite of the Kawasaki. The Kawi had the
engine as close to the rear wheel as possible, the Suzi had the engine
far forward in the frame, putting more weight on the front wheel. Even
though I tried many times, I could not get my Suzi 500 to pull a
wheelie, while the first time I test-rode a Kawi I had a hard time
keeping the front wheel on the ground. My Suzi 500 always felt stable
and confidence inspiring - a joy to ride!
in the 60's and early 70's, 2-strokes were very common. Now if I
see on the road, I stop and listen, they seem so exotic. How things
What killed them was their poor exhaust emissions. It was easier to switch to 4-stroke engines than figure out how to clean up 2-strokes. That might be starting to change, but that's a story for another day. Again, for another day, would be my reminiscing about my LAST bike, a Suzuki GT750, a water-cooled, 3-cylinder, 2-stroke 750 - affectionately known as the 'Water Buffalo'.
TUE. 2021-01-12 CITROEN 2CV
is my illustration of a Citroen 2CV I saw at a car show called Les
Petites in Vernon a few years ago. It is a 1968 model, which I thought
must be one of the last years of production. But it turns out the 2CV
was made until 1990! Forty-two years without a major change, not bad for
a weird little French car. Development of the car had begun in the
1930's, but the Second World War got in the way of its production. It
was formally introduced to the public at the Paris Salon, December 7,
design brief for the car specified it must be affordable by the average
French farmer. That same farmer and three of his adult friends, along
with 50 kg of farm produce must fit in the car and they should be able
to travel to market at 50 kmh. As well the car must be able to traverse
a plowed field with a basket of eggs in the boot without breaking any.
As well, the fuel economy must approach 3 litres per 100 km. Hence the
original 375 cc flat twin, air cooled engine producing a whopping 9
horsepower. Over the years the size of the engine grew, as well the
power went up, first to 12 then eventually all the way to a healthy 29
designers and engineers took on this challenge and came up with a
remarkable car that met all the brief's specifications. Over 4.2
million 2CV's just like this one were built, but if you include all
the variants: vans, pickups and all wheel drive vehicles, the total is
over 8 million!
Here's a short video of Chris Harris driving and describing his own unrestored 1957 Citroen 2CV. This guy has driven just about every high performance car there is, and here he's enjoying his "Tin Snail!" At the end of the video, note that Chris is sitting outside the car on its front seat (it was easily removed), handy if you're having a picnic.
| WED. 2021-01-03
A fuel shortage caused by the 1956 Suez Crisis meant that fuel was again rationed in the UK - sales of large cars tanked. Leonard Lord, the head of the British Motor Corp, stated that a "proper miniature car" was needed. To that end, he laid down his requirements in a design brief - the car should be contained within a box that measured 10x4x4 feet and the passenger accommodation should occupy 6 feet of the length. Purchase price to be as low as possible and fuel economy as high as possible.
Sir Alec Issigonis was assigned
to design the car. Following Lord's design brief he created a vehicle
that maximized every square inch of space in the car. By using sliding
glass instead of roll-down windows in the doors, it opened up
the space normally occupied by the window winder mechanism to be storage
bins. Turning the welding seams of the body panels outwards meant no
space was lost inside. Turning the engine sideways meant only 20% of the
car's length was occupied by the mechanicals. Using tiny 10 inch
diameter wheels lessened the amount of space the inner fenders needed.
Rubber cones rather than conventional steel springs were used in the
suspension for all four wheels - again saving interior space. An added
benefit of this suspension was the go-kart like handling praised by
If you've never driven or ridden in a classic
Mini you'd be hard pressed to appreciate the amount of space there is
inside. Four adults fit with "reasonable" space. When it came
to luggage space, the trunk lid was hinged on the bottom like a pickup
truck tailgate - large items too big to fit IN the trunk, could be accommodated
by leaving the trunk lid down and lashing the load in place (maybe not
ideal in typical British rainy weather, but handy in a pinch).
The car became a reverse status symbol in the
60's owned by many famous people including: Twiggy, Steve McQueen,
Peter Sellers, Enzo Ferrari, James Garner, all four Beatles and even Mr.
There were many factors that caused the end of the "classic"
Mini: poor build quality, union strife and ultimately the inability of
the Mini to meet ever stricter crashworthy standards. BMW bought
the rights to the brand and set about creating a new Mini and it was
introduced in late 2000. Although being significantly larger and heavier
than the original, it still looked like and drove like a Mini.
Nowadays BMW produces a whole range of cars and suv's
under the MINI brand.
Sir Alec Issigonis was the designer of the
2021-02-12 1965 Mustang 2+2 Fastback
spotted the car this illustration is based on at the McCurdy Show and
Shine in June of 2019. Although not completely stock, its classic lines
have not been diminished by the modifications done to it.
Lee Iacocca, the Vice President of the Ford Division of the Ford Motor Company wanted to create a new car that would appeal to a younger demographic - the design brief stated: "It would seat four, have bucket seats and a floor mounted shifter, weigh no more than 2,500 pounds and be no more than 180 inches in length, sell for less than $2,500, and have multiple power, comfort, and luxury options." Oh yeah, and "Ya gotta make it on the cheap!" To keep costs down, the Ford Falcon economy compact, formed the structure of the new car - initially called "Special Falcon," then "Allegro," then "Cougar," and finally "Mustang."
design teams within Ford prepared designs to meet the brief. Joe Oros
headed up the winning team of designers consisting of Gale Halderman,
David Ash Philip T. Clark and Charlie Phaneuf. The fastback was
designed in secret at Phaneuf's studio. Once management saw the car,
they gave it the immediate go-ahead. Although sales of the Fastback were
less than the other two models, it was chosen by Carrol Shelby for the
high performance version of the Mustang he was hired to create - the
Shelby GT 350.
drew the sketch that formed the basis of the design. https://www.hagerty.com/media/automotive-history/the-sketch-that-launched-the-mustang/
started on the design in 1962 and the car's
official public debut was at the New York World's Fair on April 17,
1964. Initially, coupe and
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Serial Number One (5F08F100001) was sold on April 14, 1964, at the
George Parsons Ford
T. Clark (the designer of the running horse logo).
| '32 Ford Roadster
(a great diversity of automobilia on display), The Mullin Museum in
Oxnard, CA (the main theme being European cars like Delahaye and
Bugatti) and the Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona, CA the
highlight of things automotive on this trip.
car was the winner of the 2016 America’s Most Beautiful Roadster
award, and was competing again in Pomona for that title when we saw it
(another “grander” car won in 2017). But THIS car really caught my
eye for its honest simplicity in the classic style known as a
“Highboy." Which is characterized by having an unaltered ’32
Ford Roadster body on its original frame rails. In the late 40’s and
early 50’s this was a way to make a car that was cheap to build, fast
and fun to drive.
I’ve learned that Darryl Hollenbeck, the owner/builder of this car and
his wife argued about the colour to paint the car, he wanted bright
green, she wanted brown. They resolved their dispute with a colour in
between, they call it guacamole, I think more like pea soup. Regardless
of what you call it, it’s perfect.
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