Bali Blue

While Vancouver has a fair share of Porsche’s kicking around its streets, there’s some that stand out a lot more than others. Now some might stand out because they have bold, exotic features, some because, well how can you not look when you hear the flat six growl coming down the road through a beautifully tuned exhaust system, some have big spoilers and widened body panels, and some have brightly coloured wheels, graphics, and roll cages. Amongst all these Porsches though, there is one model called the 356.

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The 356 was built from 1948-1965 and it fused together high-class fashion and sportiness so incredibly well, and so timelessly that it stands out amongst any crowd for simply being so damn beautiful. And while it has your eyes captivated by it’s beauty, the sporty shape, and the details of the gauges and instruments grab at your soul, drawing out an inescapable desire to get behind the wheel and just drive. It’s the kind of car you’d expect to find a young, fashionable Robert Redford in, perhaps driving through a picturesque European countryside with the windows down on a sunny Saturday morning to pick up the local paper, or a book, and bring it back to his cottage. Or maybe Audrey Hepburn in a silk headscarf, long gloves and sunglasses zipping through the streets of Paris, a luggage rack and suitcases on the back. It’s the type of car that is so classy it almost seems fitting only in dreamt up scenarios, or picture perfect movie scenes with handsome actors or beautiful actresses.

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This particular Porsche 356, in its lustrous coats of Bali Blue, is a 1964 SC model, original to BC and bought from Clarkdale VW in 1964. It sat and collected dust after the 70′s and it was many years before, thankfully, it was given a bare metal restoration undertaken by the team at Jakobs Porsche Specialists in North Vancouver, BC.  They did a phenomenal job on the car. I could not stop looking at the gorgeous Bali Blue paint and combing over all the elegant little details.

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Vancouver International Auto Show 2014

Highlights from the 2014 Auto show at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

 

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New Audi S8

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Red Bull Formula 1 car

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Matte Silver Metallic Lexus LFA from SR Auto

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Last year for the NC MX-5

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Mercedes CLA 45 AMG

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Porsche Cayman S

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The North American release of the McLaren 650S

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McLaren 12C

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McLaren 12C GT Sprint race car

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Lotus Evora and Maserati Gran Turismo GT

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Lamborghini Aventador

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The new Corvette Stingray

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The new Dodge Viper

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Fiat 500 Abarth

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The new 2015 Ford Mustang

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The new Camaro z/28

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New Acura TLX

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The New Mini Cooper S

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Mini Countryman. This is a beautiful colour combination.

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The new Mk7 VW GTI

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New BMW M4

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New BMW i8

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New BMW i3

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Last of the Jaguar XK R-S

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Jaguar F-Tpye

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Jaguar F-Type Coupe

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Before The Sun Goes Down

A warm summer evening, windows down drive in a Porsche 993.

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Salzburg Rally Beetle | Retro Cars Magazine Cover Feature

Pacing the roads of the Sea to Sky Highway in BC is one place you may spot this 1971 Beetle built by Dave Hord, but don’t be fooled by the clean appearance portrayed in these images because you’ll also find this car tearing up the dirt roads all around the forests and mountains along the Sea to Sky.

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Never having met before, Dave called me up one day regarding his beetle, saying he knew that he wanted me to shoot it, and that the shoot should be featured in Retro Cars Magazine, and that it needed to be done before it hit the dirt. I was very flattered, and couldn’t wait to shoot the car. Dave’s plans definitely did come to fruition as the car was completed, the shoot was done, it was featured in Retro Cars Magazine November 2013 issue(It even made the cover!), and now he drives it daily and competes in Rallycross events and Time Speed Distance Rallies with it.

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The car was built to resemble an original 71′-73′ Porsche Austria(the official importers of Volkswagen at the time) Salzburg Rally Beetle, but underneath it’s retro livery is much more modern equipment, giving this car performance that could put Porsches to shame in the twisties. This is what I hear anyway. Dave has yet to take me for a ride in it… eh hem…Dave.

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While Dave’s time, hard work, mechanical skill, and attention to detail can be clearly seen in his Beetle, you can also see that his qualities extend to many other areas of his life and one of those is putting on some great events. Dave and a good friend of his, Warwick Patterson run Classic Car Adventures and they put together some amazing classic car road rallies in British Columbia. I have featured two of their events in the past here: 2013 Thanksgiving Sea To Sky Run, 2012 Thanksgiving Sea To Sky Run

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View the Magazine Feature in full HERE.  Scroll down to “Cover Feature ‘Saltzburg Spirit’ in November 2013 Issue of Retro Cars Magazine” after the jump.

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Shoutouts:

Geoff Peterson | Canada Customs & Hotrods // Rob Frose | AVR Import Specialties

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1977 Apollo 10 Speed | A Winter Ride To The Beach

Well, this is something a little different for my blog. Most of my content features four wheels and a motor, but if you know me well enough, you know that I have developed a great love for the two wheeled self propelled type of transportation as well as for seeing old things restored. So without further adieu, here is my first post on a bicycle!

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After fixing up my own blue Apollo 10 speed, I decided to take on another project, a beautiful old 1977 10 speed Apollo that belongs to my mother-in-law, Trudy. Her father gave her the brand-new bike when she was very young. She has continued to ride it, but throughout the years a lot of the parts had seized up, jammed up, oxidized or just worn out. The bike was hanging in the garage when I first noticed it, and I saw the potential for it to shine again.

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This was actually the very first road bike I ever rode. I borrowed it over three years ago to do a biking trip on Salt Spring Island. It was a very rainy weekend, the tires were very low on air, and only 5 speeds worked. I obviously wasn’t very well prepared for the trip. It was a tough journey, but a very good memory now.

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The bike stayed in the garage for about two more years before I packed it in my car to take home and fix up. Almost everything came off the bike and I started picking up some new parts for it. My goal was for the bike to resemble the original shape and look as when it was first given to Trudy by her father. While everything was off, I wiped down the entire frame (which was still in great shape) and polished all of the paint, bringing it back to it’s original shine. Every bit of metal on the bike was also polished as the brakes, handlebars, stem, pedals, levers, brackets, sprockets, nuts, and bolts were all badly oxidized. New tires were fitted, and I purchased new bar tape, cables and housings, new brake pads, and a new chain courtesy of Bike Doctor on Broadway. The original Apollo seat was in amazing condition still and only needed a bit of dish soap and some scrubbing to get a paint mark off. Everything was installed and I took the first test ride in mid-February.

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A number of things needed to be fine-tuned, and a few of these things I wasn’t very familiar with, as I am still new to bike mechanics. I took the bike two blocks over to Tandem Bike Cafe to get Clint, the bike mechanic and part owner of the cafe/bicycle shop, to take a look. He was extremely helpful and showed me many little things I had never known before about these bikes. He helped me to get the bike up and running perfectly, and provided excellent education about the bike mechanics. Big props to Tandem Bike Cafe. Also, the store is just a great place to hang out and have a good coffee or bite to eat. The owners, Clint and Brett, are awesome guys to chat with. Go check it out!

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The bike is all finished now and delivered back to Trudy. She is over the moon and can’t wait to ride it!

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And, to finish, some ‘before’ photos: this is how the bike looked just before I started work on it.
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