2020  Events Page Eight

Photos courtesy of Bob Gallant,  A Collection of Spectacular Digital Art by Rick


Story & pictures contributed by Bob Gallant.

In the Spring I applied for Modified Collector Plates for my truck. For Modified Collector Plates a vehicle must be a 1974 model year or older. (Regular Collector Plates only require one to be 25 year old). If a vehicle is lowered or raised more than 1" from stock it is considered modified regardles of the year. As my truck was lowered, Modified Collector Plates were the only option.

The application required all the purchase orders and bills for all the modifications made.  A current safety inspection is also required as well as numerous pictures and some other requirements. ICBC didn't like the surface rust on the truck bed and rejected my application. The previous owner had regular Collector Plates with the same rust. The tonneau cover hides the surface rust.

With no car shows or swap meets to attend I decided to redo the truck bed.

The first step was to remove the rust. Using some sanding, wire brushing and fabric disks and a lot of face masks, time, and sweat, the rust is gone!

Every time the light came from a different angle more dents were revealed! After a couple of weeks of diminishing returns filling dents, I went to the next step.

A few cans of acid etching primer were sprayed on the whole bed.

Once the primer was hardened it was off to the body shop to get a colour matched Rino bed liner sprayed on.

My body working skills were good enough for the bed and it came out better than I expected. I also polished the bed mounting bolts and the tail gate hinges. ICBC sent me a small bill and re-registered my truck as "Altered."  I may re-apply for Modified Collector Plates sometime in the future.



I'm not really one to talk about myself but per your request, here's a bit of a bio . . .

My 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


After 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 12-20  1965 Mustang Mach

I 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. 

I've 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:

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Wed. 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.

 Suzuki 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! 


Back 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 change. 


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'.