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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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 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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Eisenach’s Most Beautiful Creation – The 1938 BMW 327/28

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There may not be a more elegant combination of black and white paint than on this 1938 BMW 327/28, the most desirable pre-war sports car in Europe, and one of the best performing of the time. This car, built at the German Automobilwerk Eisenach plant was one of 569 models ever built. Probably the most beautiful thing to ever come out of the plant that was open from 1896-1991.

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This now perfect example was once in rough shape after the wear and tear of being driven to various West Coast rallies over 13 years(8,000km’s). This is when it was brought North to Canada for a major restoration which took over 5000 very focused hours at Jellybean Autocrafters in Surrey, BC. No replacement panels or parts for this BMW are available for purchase any more so almost everything had to be fabricated.

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The attention to detail from the guys at Jellybean is impeccable. The parts recreated were no easy feat. Suspension bushings, hinges and pedals, brake adjusters, lock barrels, the hood, the back end, tail light lenses, dash knobs and much, much more all had to be created for this car. Even the gauges are all modern, but customized to look like the originals.

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The classic BMW currently resides in the state of Washington and has been taken to many prestigious events including the most recent  2013 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in Carmel, California where it was in a class with a 1940 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS, a 1939 Bentley 4 1/4 litre Vanden Plas Tourer, and the first place finisher 1939 Bugatti Type57C. Simply having this car accepted into the Pebble Beach Concours speaks to the quality of craftsmanship to be found in this car.

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It was a pleasure, an absolute pleasure to be able to photograph such a work of art. I am most grateful for the opportunity provided by the brothers, Ewald and Kurt Penner of Jellybean Autocrafters as well as the kind fellow Werner who let us photograph the car along side his stunning 1938 Fairchild 24-C8F airplane. I am also thankful for some of my photos of this car being featured in RPM Magazine. You can find those photos here, simply scroll down after the jump.

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One last shot of the car I took in 2010 while the restoration was still underway with some of the old tools used to restore this car, like the English Wheel in the background.

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