Classic Car Adventures Thanksgiving Day Sea To Sky Run 2014

Autumn has fully set in in the city of Vancouver now. The leaves are mostly on the ground, and the infamous Vancouver rains have kicked in. It is time to sit down in a snug little cafe, with a hot pumpkin flavoured beverage, and perhaps read a book to pass by some of those grey skies. My wife and I, and many others didn’t get our coffees and books out too quickly though, not before one last drive up our favourite stretch of local road in Vancouver, because Classic Car Adventures annual Thanksgiving Sea to Sky Run was last Monday and it was time to shine up the car one last time, put the top down, and enjoy the brisk fall air along the mountain lined, sea side, curvy highway, with the most diverse group of classic, and retro cars you will find this side of the 49th parallel. The event had a new meeting place at Capilano University, as well as the Sea to Sky Gondola as the new destination point. Both spots worked out great I’d say! The event was under those looming grey autumn skies, and thankfully we stayed mostly dry, except for a short period of heavy rain on the Sea to Sky highway where we did give in and pulled over to put the top up as the rain was starting to come into the car. Clearly we needed to be driving faster. There were two or three other convertibles that pushed on through the rain with their tops down. I applaud them, especially since the one Austin Healey didn’t really have a top up option. Once we arrived at the Sea to Sky Gondola the rains cleared up and gave way to the beautiful site of the Chief, which stands tall over Squamish. Plenty of cars made it out, and the Gondola cafe did a great job of serving up coffee to everyone.
Big Thanks to Dave and Warwick of Classic Car Adventures for putting on this great event every year, and for finding some better, more accommodating spots to meet as well, and also to the staff at the Sea to Sky Gondola cafe for working hard to make drinks and food for everyone who came out! I am already looking forward to next year!

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Photos from the 2013 Run here.

A Bit About Friends and Volkswagens | Featuring Toby’s Dusty Mauve GTI

I have met so many great people over my years of photographing cars and being involved in Vancouver’s VW scene. A lot of these people have become good friends, and I have shared many fantastic memories with them. Toby is one of those friends. I have had the pleasure of shooting a few of Toby’s modified VW’s, hanging around with the guy at various meets, shows, stags, and weddings, sharing laughs over drinks and dinners, and even ripping it up on the dance floor in a Whistler night club on the annual Fall VW Whistler cruise.

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Most recently though, about a month before this shoot of his Dusty Mauve GTI VR6 I had the honour of shooting Toby and his wife Maggie’s wedding at Mount Washington on Vancouver Island. It was really special being there to witness these two get hitched. The two were quite emotional and it was beautiful to watch. Toby was especially ecstatic, and he may or may not have teared up when he first saw Maggie coming down a forest surrounded boardwalk in her stunning wedding dress. He definitely didn’t hide any emotion that day.

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The top of the mountain venue was just incredible, and Toby and Maggie did a phenomenal job on the decor. There was beautiful speeches, creme brûlée, and delicious food. The drinks, the dancing, the live band, and the good times went on late into the night.

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My wife and I were able to stay the night at a chalet with two other couples, the husbands of which were Toby’s groomsmen, and also very into VW’s. One couple, Trav and Sheilagh, I have known for quite a while now and we have become good friends. The other couple was Jeremy and Aileen. Jeremy and I met at Trav’s stag not too long ago, and at Toby’s wedding was our first time meeting Aileen. Both couples are just awesome, and I honestly couldn’t have been happier to share a chalet with them. I know for certain we will see a lot more of them in the future.

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I also gotta mention one of the other groomsmen, Dean, who I met long ago through, yeah you guessed it, Volkswagens. Dean is an incredible guy, who is always there to help out fellow enthusiasts and friends. Him and Trav helped me(well, really they did all the work and I ordered pizza) install a new heater core(the worst job on that generation of Golf) in my old VW. I absolutely can’t take for granted the friends that I have found through the VW scene in Vancouver over the years. Toby, Trav, Jer, Dean, and many others I know are real quality people, and would always go the extra mile for their friends. It’s a true pleasure to know all these people, and to get to spend time with them, wether I am behind the lens or not.

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Here’s just a few from their wedding. The theme colour was Dusty Mauve. Perfect.

The gents. Jeremy(far left), Toby(middle), Trav, (3rd from the right), and Dean(second from the right). It should also be said here that Toby loves his Guinness. Cheers!

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Dundarave Porsche Show & Ride 2014

The Dundarave Porsche Show & Ride is a must attend event every year for me. It’s a laid back atmosphere with beautiful Porsches of all years, great conversation with owners, builders, restorers, and friends, as well as good coffee and food all right on the main strip in the little West Vancouver village. It’s an event not to be missed if you are any bit into Porsches, which of course, I am.

Official Event Page: http://showandride.ca/

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2013 Photos: http://andrewholliday.wordpress.com/2013/06/18/dundarave-porsche-show-ride/

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Italian Car Show at Lonsdale

With a limited amount of time on Sunday, I decided to stop by the beginnings of the Father’s Day Italian Car Show at Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver before hitting the Dundarave Porsche Show & Ride. In hindsight, I should’ve done things the other way around, as the Italian collectors seemed a bit slower on the arrival then the Porsche guys who were out in full force between 10 and 11am over in West Vancouver. There were only about 15 cars out when I arrived at Lonsdale at 10am, but my were they gorgeous. The Maserati 3500 GT Superleggera and the Alfa Romeo 1600Z pictured below were two that caught my eyes right away. No Ferrari’s or Lamborghini’s had arrived yet, which was actually kind of nice as it allowed me to focus in closely on the details of just a few cars, the Alfa Romeos, the Fiats, Maseratis, and Lancias. I love the details, I love seeing all the interesting little things that these more unique cars came with. Todays vehicles just can’t compare in any way.

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Leavenworth Drive 2014

We took the casual way. A quiet drive in a Dakar Yellow BMW M3 down South to the Bavarian town of Leavenworth, Washington. We arrived early, enjoyed drinks, and Bavarian bratwurst, and took in the sights, sounds, and smells of the Mountain surrounded village as the hundreds of european automobiles rolled in.
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