Today was the annual Father’s Day picnic at Beacon Hill Park organized by Jim Walters of Bristol Motors fame.
There was a special occasion to honor Bill Small and two of his three Triumph TR3s were on display. He was a regular around the shop and will be sorely missed.
Several great new cars were on display including Nick Stepushyn’s Princess 3-Litre Mark II, Dennis from Nanaimo drove down his 1962 E-Type which he has owned for 40 years. Jason and Tina from Jetstream also brought out their 1959 Bugeye which we helped resurrect from deep Cowichan and this highly original car now has a new bright red interior.
Other recently completed cars included Chris Yarrow’s magnificent Austin Healey 100M and Steve Clark Racing’s Aston Martin DBMKIII which has finally been completed by Jetstream Custom Auto and Styles Auto Upholstery.
A couple weekends ago we opened the doors to the RROC and ended up at the Highland House Farm and Roost for lunch.
It was a great excuse to get our 1935 Bentley out of storage and back on the road.
Hamish Crawford kindly showed us around his Winery including his many British cars that share space with fermentation vessels! Out of this setup comes 100% local Saanich wine such as The Laird’s Ginger Sweethart which is apparently good to mix with scotch!
Following advice from Earl Kagna we started with the doors on our BJ8 restoration which led to the removal of the dash pad, front window and fenders.
This alone yielded numerous surprises including a sample of the original British Racing Green under the dash pad. Furthermore the car was very straight with all the inner fenders nicely intact.
Typical for this model, we were forced to immediately call Austin Healey AutoFarm Canada and order the inner, intermediate and outer sill pieces which will correct this car back to 100%.
With all the fenders off we carefully pried the center aluminum shroud off the car, eventually defeating the mastic plant resin to reveal the engine and chassis superstructure in one fell swoop.