The animals are always the first to sense when something is coming. We’ve all seen video taken in the plains of Africa where a tree suddenly springs to life as thousands of birds fly away in panic. Sometimes, though, a hunter approaches and no one sees or hears any form of a warning.
Last weekend was a long weekend here in Canada. We’ve been working recently with the Victoria Corvette Club on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada, helping out with photography duties, and this all culminated in the “Vette to Victoria” event hosted here this weekend. Three days of meeting new friends, hanging out at a fabulous car show, photographing a car rally and slalom event, and attending a wonderful banquet… what more could a pair of Corvette fans ask for?
It all started Friday evening with a Meet & Greet and registration process for the upcoming events. Mrs. Toad and I found our way to the Harbour Towers Hotel in Victoria where the reception and banquets were hosted. Shortly after arriving we began what ultimately turned into a whirlwind weekend that saw us come home Sunday night with close to 1,000 frames to process. We haven’t slept since, really…
After spending some time up at the reception, we were told that two levels of the underground parkade had been cordoned off to provide a safe home for the cars. We grabbed our tripod and headed straight downstairs to try to capture a bit of the essence of the scene. Given the thousands of horsepower that were parked here, standing in the underground parkade had a strange eerie feel to it… it was so very quiet. The walls had no idea the earthquake that was about to befall them the very next morning as these monsters lit up to start an action-packed affair.
We had visitors from far and wide. A group came from the Simi Valley in California, which we understood was the furthest distance traveled to attend the event. We also had people from Nevada, and from the prairie provinces here in Canada, as well. Some of our Canadian friends were telling us of the harrowing journey they had on the way to Victoria. Canada is well-known for extreme weather, even at the end of May, and these folks really hit every sort of weather phenomenon you could expect; including hail and snow. Talk about being dedicated!
When it comes to car shows, particularly ones that have a concourse show and judging, no detail is too small. Many of the attendees had their cars up on jacks as they cleaned and worked underneath, readying for the following days events and judging. And after showing them, many of the visitors ran their Corvettes in various races. Talk about “Show on Saturday, race on Sunday”!
As we wandered through the underground parking lot the sense of excitement was building. Each generation of Corvette was represented, and some of them are exquisitely personalized. The details in the paint under the hood of this car are something that is difficult to properly describe. These are people who love their cars and the community they are part of, and it really shows.
People familiar with Corvettes know that they seriously lack in trunk space. Necessity is the Mother of All Invention, and creative workarounds are really something special to see. I can honestly say, this is the first Corvette I’ve ever seen in my life towing a custom trailer.
The entire weekend was a spectacle of wonder. The show was bigger and better than expected, the weather held out for the most part, and everyone had a chance to share their car with the masses that came to watch. A good time was had by all.
We still have around 300 pictures left to process before we’re complete. Stay tuned as we roll out more blog posts featuring some of the truly wild rides that came to our quiet little island city. And on that note, we’re just on our way out to try and see if we can find any birds… the trees emptied Saturday morning and have been still since.