As the sun sets over Inner Harbour in Victoria BC, we say farewell to Deuce Days 2010 . A parade of 1932 Ford Coupes, Roadsters and pre-1952 collector cars are returning to garages, warehouses and backyards. Last night, the cavalcade of outstanding vehicles silently drove into the night, onboard ferries or returned to the trailers for the long journey home.
The streets are empty and quiet again. But, those who walked among the artistry on wheels carry home cherished memories of their time among some of the most pristine vehicles to grace the streets of Victoria BC. Only a few days ago, the streets around the Legislative Buildings were filled with a colorful array of pre-1952 roadsters, coupes, Woodys, Tudors, 1930’s pick-up trucks and more. (Be sure to view slide show at the end of this article). They came from far and wide, coast to coast and country to country. Some arrived from Victoria and the neighboring communities others traveled hundreds of miles in convoys. Many vehicles arrived from Arizona. Two convoys of 75 to 150 vehicle converged on Victoria. Imagine the delight of travelers as they witnessed a long line of spectacular 1930’s Ford Coupes approaching in a colorful convoy. More than 900 collector cars were on display from many cities within Canada and the USA. A few vehicles from Los Gatos, England and Sweden were also arrived for the collector car exhibition.
The memorable weekend included a poker run to the Bear Mountain Golf Resort, which provided a beautiful location for photographing the hundreds of immaculate vehicles on display. The resort also provided a multitude of opportunities to meet other collector car owners and network. Participants enjoyed a Gala Dinner at the Victoria Convention Centre. The highlight of the weekend was the Deuce Days Car Show . The impeccable 1930’s vehicles lined the streets around the Legislative Buildings and spilled onto the streets around Inner Harbour. More coupes and roadsters as well as the occasional Mercury, Chevrolet or Pontiac graced the front lawn of the Empress Hotel and the streets around the Legislative Buildings.
A 1925 La France fire pumper truck purchased in Toronto in 1925 was a crowd favorite. Located at the corner near the British Columbia Museum of Natural History, the fire pumper truck regaled with a glorious shine from years of restoration after 40 years of storage. In 1925, the Type 45 pumper had been purchased from the Canadian American LaFrance Fire Engine Co. Ltd in Toronto. It served the City of Victoria well for many years.
Crowds and cars lined the side streets around Inner Harbour and onto the wharf. The wharf is a good location to take pictures of the Parliament Buildings, Empress Hotel and marina. It provides an excellent visual perspective of the waters of the harbor for a foreground. Other vehicles were parked around the back of the Parliament Buildings. Now, one would think that the best cars are out in front of the Parliament Building, but not all of them. Some of the most unique vehicles were parked on Government Street and the parking lots behind the Legislative Buildings. The walk back to the car provided one last amazing look at a Pontiac Woody, an Essex and the elaborate Woody with two surfboards and an extreme detailed workmanship of creativity.
The weekend event was an outstanding family experience for young and old, alike. Young parents carried their children on shoulders or pushed them in strollers and seniors pushed their walkers down the streets of nostalgia. The weather was perfect, sunny with a cool breeze over the water. Although the Deuce Days 2010 are only a wonderful memory now, Victoria BC has many attractions and welcomes visitors with open arms.
To read more about Deuce Days of the past: Northwest Deuce Days
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