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August 23, 24 & 25 Quesnel, BC


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Prospectors Show & Shine August 2013

3 As Mayor of this great City, I would like to welcome you, on behalf of Quesnel City Council, to the Prospector’s Car Club Show and Shine on August 23 - 25, 2013. The Prospector’s Car Club was started in Quesnel in 1997 to promote interest in classic and modified cars, trucks and motorcycles. From a charter membership of six, the club has grown to about 70 members today. The annual Show & Shine continues to grow and become more popular each year, as Community members and visitors alike come to show their vehicles or appreciate the selection. No matter your taste in automobiles, you’ll find a favourite amongst those from the early 1900s, through to some classics in the making. Thank you on behalf of Quesnel City Council to the Quesnel Prospectors Car Club members, President Dave Heppner and the Executive for hosting such a great event. Their continued support to local charities is commendable. Come out & enjoy the events! Sincerely, Mayor Mary Sjostrom City of Quesnel

Quesnel Prospectors Car Club President’s Message It is time to turn the clock back for a couple of days, August 23, 24 & 25th , and re-ignite the enthusiasm of our youth. On behalf of the Quesnel Prospectors Car Club and myself, I would like to invite you to come out and enjoy the cars, trucks, and bikes participating in our annual Gold Pan Steak – Out Show & Shine weekend. You will see cars cruising the streets starting Friday throughout the weekend, with the show downtown on Sunday. Come out and enjoy when you can. I would like to thank our sponsors, The City of Quesnel, The Downtown Association and all the Prospector members for their hard work. The Prospectors have always supported local charities and will continue to do so. Welcome back to our returning entrants, and a big “Hello” to our new participants. We appreciate your support.

Thank you, Dave Heppner President, Quesnel Prospectors Car Club


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Prospectors Car Club

The Prospectors Car Club was started in 1997 to promote interest in classic and modified cars, trucks and motorcycles. From a charter membership of six (6), the club has grown to about 70 members today. Vehicle ownership is not a prerequisite for membership; you only need a love for cars to be welcome.

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Prospector’s Car Club Steak – Out 2013 Events Friday August 23rd 2013 Registration – at Cap-it / Memory Lane – 5:00 – 8:00 Cruise to follow Saturday August 24th 2013 Registration At Maple Park Mall Parking lot 10:00 – 11:30 Rod Run – Leaves Maple Park Mall at noon Dinner / Dance at Billy Barker Show room Cocktails at 5:00 Dinner at 6:00 Advance tickets only / no minors Sunday August 25th 2013 Show and Shine 9:00 – 3:00 On Reid Street downtown Quesnel Presentations at 3:00


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Owner Ryan & Trina Lawrence

Here’s how we became the proud owners of this work of art. We were in the market for a Hot rod, when we came across this Beautiful 1973 Chevy Blazer with a Supercharged 468 BBC sporting a healthy ground pounding 650hp, she had some custom jaw dropping ghost flames to top it all off. The price was right and this beauty become ours. She quickly gained the nick name “Crazy Horse”. We recently brought Crazy Horse up to Thunder Mountain Raceway in Kelowna BC for the Friday Night Instant Green street drag race on June 21st and left there winning first place in the fastest truck category. We are proud to be members of the Quesnel Prospector’s car club, a very nice group of people with a wealth of knowledge about cars all through the ages. We invite everybody to come down to the Prospectors car club show and shine on Sunday August 25 2013, Hope to see you all there.

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Jim Dunkley

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In 1998 I went to Cache Creek to the Old Time Drags. I was hoping to purchase a hot rod. I’d had my heart set on a mid 30's Chrysler Sedan but once I saw her I knew she was the one. There she was, a bright shiny red truck, a 1939 Chevrolet pick-up. This truck had been a raffle truck a few years earlier. With a bit of haggling I took her home that very weekend. After a summer of fun driving I met Gary Howe. I told him of some ideas I had to change my truck and he said he would help me rebuild her. I had some thoughts of what I wanted to see, how I wanted her to look, and that started a great friendship. In my usual procrastinating way I waited till May the following year to get her ready for the upcoming season and instead of giving her a once over and a clean and shine, I began to strip it right down. I changed all the running gear, the engine, and fenders. Over the next 4 years I did a little more to my truck each year, trying to make it unique. Each year enjoying driving and going to shows around the province. Let me tell you about the engine..... originally she had a 350 Chevy small block engine but in my quest for speed and something different I dropped in a Ram Jet 350 crate engine, complete with chrome serpentine belt system and A/C. Meanwhile the fenders and custom body work were keeping Gary busy. We reshaped the fenders, extended them and put in custom tear drop lights. We also welded the hood solid so it hinged like a new model vehicle. Along with that we built a custom tonneau cover on remote and installed an air ride system on remote as well. When I decided to change the interior I had heard of a company in Calgary that were reputed to do great work. I drove to Calgary and talked design and colour schemes with them and they told me it would take 3 weeks. It took just over 3 weeks. I love the job they did, in the cab as well as the box. In 2003 I went to a car show in Post Falls Idaho. My truck was a hit on the Post Falls car show website. They had over 1000 cars and trucks to choose from and they chose my truck. It made the headliner of the 3rd page. I've enjoyed many road trips and car shows and have received lots of compliments and accolades over the years. It's been a unique experience to be able to do the work you love with good friends and enjoy the people and fun that surrounds the shows and races. Hope to see you driving on the highways and bi-ways. Passion for something is what you make it.


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Cottonwood Cruise Every year in July on the Sunday after Billy Barker Days the Prospectors Car Club meets with cars from all over Quesnel, and several from Prince George. We meet and leave from the North A&W about 10:45, we cruise out to Cottonwood house. We pull right in and park on the lawns. The friendly staff from Cottonwood house barbeque hamburgers and hotdogs for everyone for a small charge. There is live music you can sing along with. We tour the grounds and the buildings, taking a walk back in history. Anyone with a collector vehicle can join us, and the general public is encouraged to come out and for a lovely relaxing afternoon, and check out the cars.

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Cottonwood Cruise Every year in July on the Sunday after Billy Barker Days the Prospectors Car Club meets with cars from all over Quesnel, and several from Prince George. We meet and leave from the North A&W about 10:45, we cruise out to Cottonwood house. We pull right in and park on the lawns. The friendly staff from Cottonwood house barbeque hamburgers and hotdogs for everyone for a small charge. There is live music you can sing along with. We tour the grounds and the buildings, taking a walk back in history. Anyone with a collector vehicle can join us, and the general public is encouraged to come out and for a lovely relaxing afternoon, and check out the cars.

Since 1966 Toyota Corolla has been the World’s Premier Family Car

INSURANCE

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Harold Wheeler’s ’31 Chev My car story begins in 1990 when I was buying a logging truck from Bruce Fosbery. I had spotted an old coupe sitting out in his field, and just had to work it into the deal. Since watching American Graffiti I had dreamed of owning a coupe and this was my chance.

and a helping hand from a lot of others, it finally hit the road in 2000.

It didn’t look like much at the time, a rusted shell sitting on two logs, no floor and duct tape holding the doors closed. I could see what it would become. After hauling it home, it sat in my shop for seven years, while I dreamed about what it would be like finished.

The dream continues……… The wife’s” truck.

40,000 Kms later and quite a few passes down the quarter mile, it’s still going strong. I still feel good when I look at it all these years later. So no regrets there.

I finally started to work on it. It took three solid years of agonizing decisions, a little blood, a lot of sweat, and more then a few sleepless nights. At times Vicki threatened to put a bed in the shop for me. With a lot of help from my son Eldon, some amazing bodywork by Ron Meyers,

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Mercury Pickup By Raymond Valois I went to visit my friend Ted in Prince George one day and he had an old pickup sitting in his yard, I asked him what he was doing with it? And he said that a farmer from Williams Lake wanted it restored, but he found out that it would cost too much, so I bought the truck for what he owed Ted, $700.00. We tried to start the Mercury in his shop by pouring gas down the carb and it back fired and almost caught the shop on fire! I should have run when I had the chance? But no not me, I just had to take it home. So I took it to Don, a friend of mine in Quesnel , he has a shop, west of town about 30 kilometres out. I started taking it apart in his shop in September 2000. We took the body off the frame piece by piece, looking for rust and fixing the parts that needed fixing. Looking for replacement parts was very time consuming. The parts that we couldn’t find we had to rebuild and that took a lot of patience and a lot of money. Don

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dismantled the front fenders and fixed the dents and the rust and then put them back together. If you thought that was a lot of work, Don took the box apart and did the same thing and I helped pound out the dents in the box bed by using a peace of railway line. Cutting and fabricating metal was a very good learning experience for me, I learned that it is not my forte, we worked very hard looking for parts, finding some on the internet, a specially in the U.S. $$$. When Don finished the body work and paint after nine years I brought my Mercury home, I sent the dash instrument panel to the U.S. for chroming, no one in Canada could do plastic. It took me another year to find parts and put the truck together. I finished the projected in 2010. From start to finish it took us TEN LONG YEARS, but it was worth it! It looks beautiful and it drives great. Now I can say that I have a Mercury, and I am going to cruise it up and down the road.

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Learning to Love a Studebaker Submitted by Michele Nylen

 When my husband Les says he has no hobbies I beg to differ – he spends hours checking out automotive listings in papers and online. I am thankful for this, or I would never have our Avanti to love!  In April of 2004 he mentioned there was a Studebaker for sale in Harrison Hot Springs, and as we’d be in Vancouver (and it was only a slight detour on the drive home to go see it), what did I think? Seriously? I thought: if he thinks we’re bringing one of those  ugly, black Bonnie-andClyde cars home he’d better be giving more than his head a shake. But looking doesn’t mean buying so I was willing to go on a little detour.   When we pulled in the yard it was love at first sight – for me! The cream-coloured beauty before my eyes was like nothing I’d ever seen before. The front end! The rear window! The dash! Buy it I said, buy it!  Eventually a deal was struck and Les and his friend Mick trailered the car home in May. Though we were told the gentleman who owned it drove it daily (until he used it for his road test and failed), we were not willing to chance her first drive being the long one back to Quesnel.  Bought off the original owner, we are now the proud second owners of our 1963 Studebaker Avanti, serial number R-1 1651. Ordered in 1963 with a down-payment of $200, the original bill of sale we got with the car says it was delivered to Rotary Motors in Vancouver on April 8, 1964. Cost of the car was $6000 plus $300 tax and $300 commission for a grand total of $6600. Pretty pricey for the day.   I have learned much about our car, and with time and a chance to see her daily, come to appreciate her even more. We drive it whenever possible, and have shown it a little, but you can count on seeing me standing proudly beside her at the Quesnel car show, just waiting to ‘schmooze’! I’ll tell you about the ‘personal beauty vanity’ tucked in to the glove box, or point out the aircraft throttle-type controls with overhead switches. You’ll be directed to notice the rear trunk access (advertised as wonderful in the rain and snow as you don’t have to leave the car), and I’ll laugh with you over the useless, tiny rearview mirror. I’ll tell you about the fiberglass body, and point out the safety features (padded interior and built-in roll bar).  Studebaker history I leave to the books, but will share a small part of the Avanti’s history here.    Avanti – Italian for forward. Conceived by new president of the Studebaker company Sherwood Egbert who hoped a sporty, futuristic car would save the ailing company, the Avanti was designed by the Raymond Loewy team and billed as ‘America’s only 4-passenger highperformance personal car’.   The normal R-1 V-8 produced 240 hp from its 289 cubic inches; the R-2 option could be had with a Paxton supercharger on the V-8 putting it in the same performance league as fuel injected Corvettes and the sleek Jaguar XKE sports cars; the hotter Avanti R-3 used the same engine block bored out to 304.5 cubic inches; and still hotter was the R-4 with dual superchargers. Avanti stock cars broke records at Bonneville both in '62 and '63. The Avanti enhanced it's sporting image with a set of throaty dual exhausts and the natural "rake" it has when viewed from the side, sitting nose down and tail high. It was the first American four passenger car to have front disc brakes as standard, the doors feature "cone" locks to form a solid seal that rigidly unite the door and pillar, and the fuel tank is tucked up between the back seat and trunk wall.   Alas, rushed production and troubles on the line meant only 3834 Studebaker Avantis were built in ’63 and just 809 were classified as ’64 models (the general rule is the ’64 model had the square headlight surrounds). Buyers got tired of waiting and it spelled the end.   Considered too good to die quickly, the Avanti lasted for decades after ’63   after initially being rescued by two Studebaker dealers who formed Avanti Motor Corp and continued to have it hand-built for years as the Avanti II. It is rumoured that as late as 1991 a few Avanti convertibles were reportedly delivered.


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  A couple of years after we purchased the car, Les’ mom Shirley called with a surprise. In the late ‘60s when Les was just a young boy, a neighbor had purchased an Avanti and Les had been smitten. He had been given a model of the car, and it turns out he’d never glued it together. His mom had saved it all these years, found it, and was now happy to return it to him. I like to say most people buy a model to go with their collector car, but we’re one of the few who bought a collector car to go with our model!  

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1964 Ford Fairlane 500 • Built during the week of May 25th to May 30th, 1964 at Ford Motor Company's Oakville, Ontario Assembly Plant. • 289 cu.in. 8 cylinder engine with a dual range C4 automatic transmission. • White and Twilight Turquoise exterior paint colours • Ivy Gold Interior Trim Colour • List price was $2406.00 • 86,919 vehicles of this model year built in North America. • This 1964 Ford Fairlane 500 was purchased, “brand new” off the lot by William “Willie” John Mathews on August 15, 1964 in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.

llustration : Sterling Motors 1961 Willie Mathews 3rd from left, top row.

• Willie was a service employee at Sterling Ford Motors located on High Street West in Moose Jaw for approximately twelve years. After he retired he purchased this vehicle brand new from the dealership. • Willie was very proud of this Fairlane & drove it daily until his passing in 1975 at the age of 77. • His wife, “Peg” drove the Fairlane until her passing in 1981 at which time it was left to her son, John Mathews. The car had 36,000 original miles on it.


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1964 Ford Fairlane 500

• In the early 1980s, John did some body work and gave the car a new paint job, but the interior was untouched. It was John’s dream to restore the car and get collector plates for his father’s car. • John Mathews passed away in 2003 and in 2004 the car was transported from Elkford, BC to Quesnel, BC. It is now owned by Richard and Dana (Mathews) Bouchard, granddaughter of the original owners. • The body was completely restored and painted in 2009 by Jeff Boyd of Klassic Plus Autobody, Quesnel. • The Fairlane has been in the family since new and has sentimental value attached to the car, therefore, it will never be for sale. • It is now our dream to restore the Fairlane in order to obtain collector plates for Dana's grandfather's car.

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