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his year’s event will be jam-packed with more exciting features, more entertainment on stage and more live motorsport demonstrations than ever before! Showcasing more than 250 of the Pacific Northwest’s finest street rods, customs, muscle cars, classic and race cars, the BC Classic & Custom Car Show will also feature a number of debuting custom car

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This year’s show will feature a special display commemorating the 40th anniversary of George Lucas’ iconic film American Graffiti.

tographs, selling memorabilia and posing for photos with their fans throughout the weekend.

Join us in celebrating this movie milestone. See the 32 Ford and 55 Chevy tribute cars, and meet in person three of the original stars of American Graffiti – Mr. Bo Hopkins aka “Joe Pharaohs,” Candy Clark aka “Debbie Medway,” and Paul LeMat aka “John Milner.”

ALSO NEW FOR 2013, WE ARE VERY EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE THE ADDITION OF THE CUSTOM MOTORCYCLE SHOWCASE.

George will once again be cruising the show looking for his favourite car to present the annual “Custom Car Of The Year Award.” Gene will be busy all weekend working his metal magic at the Custom Car Classroom. All the stars will be appearing at the show Friday through Sunday, signing au-

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uel & Fire has become one of the most eagerly anticipated features of the B.C. Classic & Custom Car Show, as the sights and sounds of nostalgia nitro cars and jet funny cars fired up under the stars have to be experienced to be believed.

The jet cars, in particular, are an amazing spectacle of fire and thunder made possible by the show’s location at an actual airport, thought to be a unique situation in North America. Returning for another engagement is the Warhawk Funny Car Team out of Alaskan Derek Snelson’s stable, these two cars will shoot 50-foot exhaust flames with deafening afterburner pops on Friday and Saturday night of the show.

Powering these cars is the classic Pratt & Whitney J60 turbojet that saw its beginnings in the late 1950s for both military and civilian aircraft applications. According to Snelson, the hot-rodded J60 in his car pushes out some 5,400 pounds of thrust, the equivalent of 11,000 horsepower, more than the engine any wheel-driven drag racing car has ever produced. Snelson’s best run in the funny car is a 5.75 at 273 mph, somewhat slower than a modern nitro car due to the less-aggressive launch and more linear acceleration characteristics of a thrust-based vehicle. In any case, the cars won’t be accelerating at all at the show, but that does not mean that fans can’t expect an awesome display. Ever the showman, Snelson promises to rattle off dozens of fireballs and afterburner-pops that should set off car alarms in every parking lot near Tradex, if not blow out a few windows, although hopefully not blow over the five-ton garbage bin like another car did a couple of years ago! These monsters are loudly percussive, and Snelson has tuned his jet to be the loudest out there, with the entertainment factor the most important consideration.

like being at this show because it’s so prestigious, and an awesome event. It’s the best show in the Pacific Northwest area and Western Canada, just the sheer scale of it. It’s basically the SEMA show of the North,” he says.

“WE LOVE BEING IN CANADA, MEETING ALL THE GREAT PEOPLE THERE AND PUTTING ON A SHOW FOR THEM.” Anyone who has seen Derek Snelson and teammate Barry Prescott and his jet knows how much he enjoys doing that, and as always, his performance on Friday and Saturday night of the show will be a must-see event. by Gerry Frechette

“It’s an honour to be part of this show and entertain the fans,” he says. “I really want to rattle off a bunch of afterburner pops, and my car is set up to do that.” Snelson, a show producer in his own right in the U.S., considers the B.C. Classic & Custom Car Show to be the top event in this corner of the continent, in either country. “I

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ferent categories such as upholstery, engine, body and paint, etc. Rolf – What are you working on these days? George – I’m still designing cars for customers at my shop here in North Hollywood. I’m currently working on a project for Jeff Dunham. Another one we’ve started is a car for ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons that will be a guitar he can drive. I’ve been working closely with Ford lately and I’ve been using one of their Ford Focus cars to create a modern Bat Car for Galpin Motors. Rolf – Today you are obviously busy with your custom car business. Can you see a time when you will retire or are you in your retirement now? George – I never really considered retiring from what I’m doing. My daughter Joji and her son run the business today and are working on a book. Just recently we made arrangements with NHRA for a special drag race at the Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals at Pomona last November. Paired up to race each other was the Munster’s Coach against the Dragula (Grandpa’s Dragster) which recreated the 1964 race we did for the Munster’s TV series. In addition the original Batmobile from the TV series was there to do a burnout! Editors Note: George Barris is appearing at this year’s show courtesy of Great Canadian Oil Change. by Rolf Norberg

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Long before Luke Skywalker and Indiana Jones became household names, a low-budget cinematic project made its debut in theatres to little fanfare and critical acclaim. But gradually the merit of this groundbreaking movie about teenage “rights of passage” became apparent. George Lucas, the mastermind behind the “Star Wars” and “Raiders of the Lost Ark” franchises, had just finished his first film in the early 1970s, a sci fi movie titled “THX 1138,” and was anxious to bring to the big screen a story he was familiar with. Drawing heavily upon his own experiences as a youth growing up in Southern California, George set out to write and direct this brilliant motion picture known as “American Graffiti.” This was not just a great car flick; this was a great film. Set in Modesto California in ‘62 but filmed in San Rafael and Petaluma, this film tells the tale of four lads whose lives are intertwined during one late summer night. It was a rare time in American history, a period filled with change, and Lucas capitalized on this underlying facet to deliver his story. Changing clothing styles, evolving tastes in music, the sexual revolution and even Detroit’s horsepower wars were all used in portraying youth caught in a time that could be termed the end of the “age of innocents.” For George, the road to bring his script to the theatres was fraught with pitfalls and, as with any large project, many obstacles had to be overcome to reach completion. Having his script turned down by many production studios, it was Universal Studios that finally agreed to take on the project. George then battled with studio executives to keep it as a

feature film as opposed to their idea of creating a “made-forTV movie.” After securing assistance in the form of a writer, Gloria Katz, to help him write the screenplay, he landed a producer in the form of Francis Ford Coppola, who had just finished producing “The Godfather.”

(Richard Dreyfuss) and Joe the Pharaoh watched as their plan to “fix” Holstein’s cop car transpired. Or the attempts of Toad ( Charles Martin Smith) to secure a bottle of “Old Harper” for his bitchin’ babe Debbie. And, of course, John Milner’s exploits with his unlikely passenger, teenybopper Carol (Mackenzie Phillips), were award-winning material.

When it came time to choose cast members, George relied mostly on unknowns as this was a low-budget film ($750,000). For those actors, “American Graffiti” was a stepping stone to stardom as Harrison Ford, Richard Dreyfuss, Suzanne Somers, Cindy Williams and Mackenzie Phillips, among others, went on to have very successful acting careers.

Credit also goes to this movie for being the first to assemble sound bits of rock and roll hits of the time as background music that ran the entire length of the film, followed by the release of a movie soundtrack album. “Graffiti” can also be called a landmark film for focusing on not one but four characters and their experiences, a concept that was unheard of then but common in today’s movies and television.

After the movie’s release in ‘73, its popularity steadily grew to the point where it received a nomination for Best Picture at the Academy Awards and has since been voted one of the American Film Institute’s top 100 films of all time, right up there with “Lawrence of Arabia” and “Gone with the Wind.” What has made this movie so popular with movie fans and critics alike is George’s interpretation of this time and place in America, his innovative techniques in film production and editing, plus a superb screenplay. George used numerous resources to compile many elements that brought us back in time to a much simpler, fun place. His attention to detail was remarkable, with items that would evoke pleasant memories – such as Mel’s Drive-In, the high school sock hop, hot rods cruising the town’s main drag, backseat escapades, DJ Wolfman Jack’s radio banter and the final showdown between the Champion and the Challenger on Paradise Road. All played a part to set the tone for an enjoyable remembrance. Who could forget that scene where Kurt

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Part of George’s recollection of this time in America’s past involved the ritual of cruising and racing, and he went to great lengths to see that the cast members were not the only stars of the movie. Several cars had to be transformed to fit the part. The ‘49 red Merc driven by the Pharaohs was originally a stock ‘51 Merc when bought for use in the movie. It was given a quick top chop, a front bumper borrowed from a ‘70 Camaro as a floating grill, and then splashed with a coat of red. For Falfa’s “Bad Ass” ‘55 Chevy, four cars were used in production. Two were bought from a wrecking yard to be used as cars in the final crash scene; one was flipped, the other set on fire. A third car was used for interior shots. The fourth car generates the most attention as it was originally used in the filming of “Two Lane Blacktop.” In “Graffiti,” Falfa’s ‘55 was supposedly equipped with a 409 Chevy engine but in reality it was said to have an L-88 427 Corvette engine under the hood. As for Milner’s yellow coupe, known as the “fastest thing in the valley,” it was a street rod that was converted to movie

car status. Originally, plans called for a sectioned body but soon after the grill was cut down, time restraints forced the cancelation of that modification; thus the reason for the shortened grill. Because of the mostly night filming, yellow paint was chosen so it would stand out in the dark. When this movie was released to the public in 1973, the car hobby and cruising in general was on life support. It was a period when hot rods were no longer hot, toned down due to gas rationing created by the oil embargo, and they were relabelled “street rods.” To make things worse, vans were the latest craze. Then along comes “American Graffiti.” It was so different from the typical car movies of the time that were often exploitative and filled with car chases. It has been 40 years since this movie was produced, and in recognition of this milestone, the BC Custom and Classic Car Show will feature a celebration of this special anniversary. Scheduled to appear on this weekend will be not only tribute cars but also stars from the movie. Bo Hopkins, who played the antagonistic Joe the Pharaoh, will be in attendance and may be heard to say, “It’s not the size of the scratch that

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matters, it’s the principle.” Candy Clark, whose character Debbie was out for a night of adventure, will make an appearance all three days of the show. “I bet you can find us some brew” is just one of her memorable quotes. But likely garnering the most interest will be Paul Le Mat, who had the starring roll as tough guy hot rodder John Milner. Having earned local legend status behind the wheel of his yellow ‘32 coupe, John cruised his way into the hearts and minds of many movie fans. “OK, Toad, we’ll take ‘em all” is a line from the movie that will forever be synonymous with John Milner. With Lucas’ history of creating sequels (and prequels) for his movies, perhaps we can expect to see him come out with an “American Graffiti lll” (“More American Graffiti” was released in 1979), but since Joe the Pharaoh and John Milner were written out of the script in the second movie, this might be the last opportunity to see them again. by Rolf Norberg

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ABSOLUTE MADNESS 2013 FEATURE CAR “It was bad. I bought it sight unseen out of North Dakota,” he explained. Having only seen pictures, Linton said once the car arrived, it was “way worse” than he had imagined. “We think it had been laying on its side in water for years. There was rust that was covered in duct tape and primered. There was substantial rust damage.” Not to be deterred, Linton and his team handmade sheet metal pieces to replace the damaged areas. “All of the repairs and body mods we did, you know the body itself is probably only 20 per cent original Henry Ford sheet metal.” The desire to modify a 1934 Ford Coupe came to Linton after he saw a photo of someone else’s work. “I said, ‘you know, I’d like to do one like that one day.”’

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After that, the search was on for a car body. Shortly after, Linton met car builder Bill McLaughlin at a car show and the two began to collaborate on the job. Originally, the project wasn’t going to be as elaborate as it eventually turned out. Linton said the goal was to create a “show driver” type car. However, after a year of work, the goal changed. “I started thinking I should go for the Ridler Award in Detroit at the Autorama.” The Ridler is the pinnacle of hot rodding and custom car awards, but to have any chance of winning it, every part of the vehicle has to be perfect. According to Linton, every fastener, every piece, every detail could win or lose you the award. He said it changes everything you do. “You can’t cut corners anywhere because you waste everything you do up to that point.” Having made the decision to “go for it,” Linton spent about seven years bringing the Ford up to the standard he wanted. Then, he debuted his creation in Detroit at the Autorama in 2010. In order to qualify for the Ridler, the vehicle has to make the “Great Eight” – the top eight cars at the show. Linton made it into the final eight, but failed to capture the top award. “Hey, just making it into the Great Eight made me proud.” Since making its debut, the ’34 Ford has been shown up and down the West Coast and picked up more than 25 awards, from best in class to best paint, outstanding

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But after all its initial success, Linton decided to take the vehicle off the circuit. “For the past year and a half, it has basically been retired.” Until now. Organizers of the BC Classic and Custom Car Show have been trying to get Linton, a resident of Washington State, to bring the Ford to Abbotsford for the past three years. This time, everything fell into place. In order to show the car, Linton needs to haul the vehicle, prep it, change the shocks and make several other preparations. Fortunately for local car enthusiasts, builder Bill McLaughlin is also available this weekend, which is allowing Linton to bring the Ford up to Abbotsford.

MSA FORD is pleased to offer the community this great way to raise funding!

In fact, he plans to bring his other special project, a 1968 Firebird convertible, to Tradex.

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Cars have always been a huge part of Linton’s life. “I was born with it. My dad calls it a sickness. Ever since I was a kid, I was drawing cars with crayons and building car models.”

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Gene: This is something that has developed over the last several years and taken me around the world, as far away as Japan and Australia. In Canada alone I’ve conducted workshops in Nova Scotia, New Bruinswick, Winnipeg and in the Vancouver area. In your town I’ve done several workshops as well as painted a number of cars, one ’65 Impala for the C.U.T. high school program (Customs for Urban Teens) and a ’52 Chevy and ’34 Ford coupe for John Foxley, all “fade away” paint schemes. 2011 was the first year for the Custom Car Classroom at the BC Classic and Custom Car Show. Show producer Richardt Scholz brought me in to customize a car in the show over a three-day period. Working with local talent such as Brad Purser and others, we started by primering the ’48 Ford coupe of Dave

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Page’s at KMS Tools and C.A.R. Parts in Coquitlam, the major sponsor for this workshop which has donated use of tools and space at their shop. CSSM: Besides car customizing what other ventures have you been busy with? Gene: Last August we took a ’32 Ford roadster with a NASCAR motor in it out to the Bonneville Salt Flats where I drove it on a 219 mph run. Unfortunately the surface was slippery and I ended up spinning the car several times. CSSM:I understand you worked with the AMT Model Corporation designing models and later you built the real thing. Gene: Yes, I was asked to take over the speed and custom division of AMT in Phoenix, which produced full-scale specialty vehicles for the movie and TV industry. Later, models were made of them at their model division. We build the Shuttlecraft you saw

on Star Trek and cars for ‘60s TV shows like “Get Smart” and “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.”

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The 17th edition of the B.C. Classic & Custom Car Show will be featuring the Fuel & Fire Cacklefest at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday night, and a matinee for the nitro cars only (no jets) on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. What is a Cacklefest you ask? Well it’s a free show within the show, a chance to send not just your eyes but all five of your senses on a visceral vacation as we fire up some of drag racing’s most famous and iconic nitro-guzzling behemoths and then cap it all off with a Jet Car flame show that quite simply has to be seen - and felt - to be believed.

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Yes my friend, if you’ve always wondered what would happen if you attached a 20,000 horsepower fighter plane jet engine to a custom crafted, state-of-the-art tube chassis and lit the fuse, you are about to find out. It’ll be a Gearhead’s Symphony of Fire … the flames shooting for the sky … the ground pounding beneath your feet and your ear-drums begging for mercy. You’ll get up close and personal with the stars and the cars as you travel back in time to the mid-60s when these actual cars terrorized the hundreds of drag strips around North America. Yet unlike other car shows that deliver only the sight of these behemoths, we will assault your eardrums and sear your nasal passages with the beloved, sweet, yet acrid scent of burnt NITRO. The fire up starts with the injected JUNIOR Fueler of Jerry King. This small block Chevy powered dragster whines and snarls like a hornet with P.M.S. and serves as an appetizer

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For several years now, the title sponsor of the B.C. Classic & Custom Car Show has been Lucas Oil Products of Canada, and local representative Harry Larson is excited about the company’s involvement in this year’s show. “It keeps our name in the forefront, because

Harry Larson we have a lot of products that are made for

custom and performance cars and motorcycles,” says Larson. “We get to meet the average enthusiast who has tried one of our products and comes back to tell us how pleased they are that the product works the way that we say it will. People come to us with a problem they are having with a vehicle, and we are able to help them solve it.” There will be several new Lucas products making their debut at the Show. The Slick Mist line is being expanded, with Speed Wax

added to the Interior Detailer and Tire & Trim Shine. This year also sees new developments in motor oil, with Zinc Additive now available for racing engines and older street motors that need the extra lubricant advantages of zinc, and synthetic motor oil now available in 5-litre jugs, adding to the new products in the ever-growing Lucas Oil catalogue. In the Lucas Oil booth again this year will be the blown dragster of John Evans, and the wild multi-engine tractor puller that has wowed the crowds for a couple of years. Of course, drag racing fans can look forward to Lucas Oil sponsorship of two of the biggest events at Mission Raceway Park this season, as well as events at Ashcroft, and anyone with a speciality vehicle should stop by the Lucas Oil booth at the Show and see their wide range of lubricants and products. by Gerry Frechette

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