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Trucks roll into a new home
By Jennifer Lang first visitors from the public, but – It’s been a smooth move into a new once the final touches on renovations home for the Surrey Heritage Soci- are complete and occupancy permits ety’s collection of vintage vehicles are in place –that day isn’t far off. “A building comes back to life,” that will act as the foundation of a new transportation heritage centre in Orazietti said. “And, it’s all been done by volunteers.” Cloverdale. So far, the newly-dubbed BC TransThe trucks and associated hardware port Heritage Centre consists of 18 were relocated one and two at a time medium-sized freight vefrom their former home hicles. Fourteen are comat the Teamsters Freight pletely restored. Museum in Port Coquit“There’s a real The trucks range from lam. It took a month, says passion to take care a 1912 Shell tanker and a Paul Orazietti, society of these vehicles and 1931 Maple Leaf flatbed treasurer and true believ- ﬁnd a proper home.” to a 1977 BC Tel service truck (still sporting an er in the collective power authentic Harvest Gold of shared passions to cre- Paul Orazietti paint job). ate magic. They’re all squeezed The society had been into the former auditoworking since last fall to rium. It’s a snug fit. acquire and relocate the collection. Orazietti said the Lark Group unThis May, the City of Surrey agreed to let the society use the former Sur- dertook the necessary renovations, rey Museum building on the Clo- which included removing some inteverdale Fairgrounds as a temporary rior walls and closing in a mezzanine location, a decision that’s sparked the that will be used for storage. On a recent morning, two volunimagination of volunteers and supteers were fashioning a wooden frame porters alike. The B.C. Heritage Transportation for the mural that was saved from deSee VEHICLES / Page 8 Centre isn’t quite ready to greet its
JENNIFER LANG PHOTO
Brian Busby and Denis Corrin are two of the volunteers readying the B.C. Transport Heritage Centre for its ﬁrst visitors.
Race track merge likely on hold Jeff Nagel The provincial minister in charge of gaming is dismissing renewed talk of the Lower Mainland’s two horse racing tracks merging at a single site any time soon. Rich Coleman said he now believes the City of Vancouver will soon sign a longterm lease to renew thoroughbred horse racing at Hastings Park, putting to rest talk of that operation joining the Fraser Downs standardbred track at Cloverdale. And he said a new five-year strategic plan for the horse racing industry set for release as early as August will likely call for significant changes but continued operation of both tracks. “I think the recommendation at the end of the day may be to see if they can sustain themselves at their individual
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Harness racing resumes at Fraser Downs next month.
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