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  1. Thanks Gerry, and Keith. I had no idea of the history of this car. One of the highlights of our tour in Enderby last year was was watching Gerry get the car out at our field games afternoon. It was behaving a little poorly, as happens sometimes, but he fired it up for a good lap around the field. We all cheered and Gerry was beaming. Peter
  2. I couldn't find the 1958 Hoffman Model T wedding car photo, but I did come up with these circa 1966 and one from the 2008 Fernie tour. I hear this car is on the road with a rebuilt engine just this year. George tells me this car came from Ladner, where the Ford dealership building had become a hardware store. The only hardware store in town with a good supply of NOS Ford parts. EDIT: Is it just a coincidence that I have a picture with Doris behind the wheel, followed by one with a crumpled front fender?
  3. Thanks for confirming this about the Fiat. I believe the Westwold car was a rear entrance (at least after restoration) and the LeMay car was side entrance. Quite a few years ago I borrowed a shoebox full of Buck's pictures and scanned them all. A lot of them show just relics in a field but they are an interesting collection. Until a few days ago I had forgotten that I sat down with Paul Bolam at the time and recorded our conversation as he looked through the pictures. I found the recording on my computer as I was going through the pictures. This is Buck taking notes
  4. George made reference to Al Johnson's Diana, so maybe this is a good place to tell its story... The 1927 Diana was originally bought by the Dunbar family of Vancouver and must have been their pride and joy because by the time Al found it the paint had been polished right through. It seems the Dunbars drove the car for some time and, at some point, Mr. Dunbar became blind so Mrs. Dunbar did all the driving. Apparently Dianas were one of the easiest steering cars back in the twenties and often the choice of female drivers. (A check of the 1932 Vancouver registrations shows about a
  5. Maybe I need to express myself a little more clearly ... (In the USA, these planes are known as T-6 Texans. ... it could be yours, fly it home!)
  6. Our cousin has one which is currently for sale. Maybe if I twist your arm I can get the commission.
  7. The second car from the front is a 1912 Cadillac.
  8. You can't get much more local than this 1926 Paragon Motorcycle. "Assembled in Vancouver" is part of its name badge. These English bikes, with Villiers two-stroke engines, were shipped all over the world as kits and assembled by local dealerships with a local name. This one was assembled by Deeley's in Vancouver. It was found in 2014 in the back of a soon-to-be-demolished shop in Vancouver. It had been parked there since 1931. Here is an article telling the story: https://driving.ca/harley-davidson/auto-news/news/motorcycle-stored-83-years-repaired-for-less-than-10
  9. As well as being a founding member of the VCCC, Buck Rogers helped start up the Classic Motorcycle Club of B.C. in 1975. During his trips around the province he found the remains of quite a few motorcycles which, of course, could easily be piled on top of the trailer or truck for the trip back home. This 1914 Excelsior was one of Buck's bikes. He found it up in the Coquihalla area back in the 60s along with another bike. Both bikes were in a shed that had collapsed under the snow. Buck managed to come to a deal with the shed owner and ended up removing both bikes. In 1913 and
  10. The Cadillac was covered back on page one of this thread. Here is a link to some history about Dr. Wilson, the original owner. https://vanasitwas.wordpress.com/2020/08/05/wilsons-1907-cadillac/ I don't have have anything on the Hupp.
  11. Here are a few pictures of a 1904 or 1905 Fiat. Buck Rogers took these as it was being restored by an owner in Washington state. According to Paul Bolam, the car was originally in use near Westwold, B.C. Sometime around 1914 the car burned and ended up in the barn at the Westwold Hotel. Many years later it ended up in Washington State and returned to B.C. for the Malahat Run once. Does someone have a picture of it there? This may be the Fiat that is now in the LeMay museum, but I'm not sure about that. Click this link to hear a 2 min clip of Paul Bolam telling the story of
  12. Here is another car that Buck Rogers saved. Funny how they all have the same general look to them. It's the remains of a 1913 Cadillac which was photographed in his front yard on Smythe St. back in the sixties. The second photo shows that it's on its way to becoming a car once again.
  13. This 1913 White was shown earlier in this thread, but we didn't get the whole story. It was found in 1959 near Cache Creek of B.C. by Paul Bolam, who spent a few days digging it out. He sold it to Buck Rogers and that began a string of owners and a long period of recovery for a very historic car. The White was originally owned by Stephen Tingley, one of the owners of the B.C. Express Company. In the early 1900s the company moved from stage coaches to cars and settled in on a fleet of Wintons to carry people and freight into the Cariboo. The White is thought to have been Tingley
  14. I have a handful of pictures of cars that Buck Rogers recovered from all over B.C. and the Yukon. Many are hard to identify because they are not much more than a frame. But it's amazing that some have been brought back to life like the Cadillac above, so we're grateful for the work that Buck and others did to preserve history. Back in the '50s Gifford P. (Buck) Rogers was one of the early collectors in Vancouver . Eventually he ran an ad in the Vancouver Sun inviting any other car collectors to a meeting at his place and this led to the formation of the Vintage Car Club of Canad
  15. George Hoffman has been providing some history of these two Cadillacs. Both cars were used as taxis in Atlin, way up in northern B.C. and apparently were still in use as late as the 40s during WWII when the U.S. military was building and operating an airstrip. The years following must have been pretty tough for the two Cadillacs, a 1913 and a 1914. These photos show what they looked like when Buck Rogers and Roger Brammall found them in the early 60s. Buck brought them down to the coast and offered them up for sale. A number of people looked them over. My dad told me he saw th
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