Walking Around The Show

Posted: 15th October 2012 by ToadHollowPhoto in Photography, Vette to Victoria
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It was the quintessential car lover’s weekend featuring a Show ‘n Shine, rally’s, auto-crosses, dinners and the company of many like-minded people.  Coordinating a typical Corvette car show is a big undertaking, but creating an itinerary for an entire weekend of activities is something I’d never seen before, and quite honestly was something that really impressed me.  The entire Vette to Victoria weekend was a raving success and even the weather completely cooperated.

We’re joining back up with the Victoria Corvette Club in today’s post as we feature another series of images captured while providing photography services to the club at the Vette to Victoria weekend in the spring of 2012.  Let’s wander around the lot together as the cars were busy setting up and everyone was putting finishing details on their cars in an effort to get ready for the big day.

Show 'n Shine - Vette to Victoria - Victoria, BC, Canada

Show ‘n Shine – Vette to Victoria – Victoria, BC, Canada

One of the best parts about becoming an avid Corvette enthusiast is learning about them.  Even though we are looking at the sixth generation of this car on our roads today, within the generations we also find that each model year produced has its own special features and nuances.

This car is something special, indeed.  This is a 1982 Corvette, the last model year of the third generation.  Several key features stand out with this car that make it so unique.  The lower body flares and the rear spoiler were accents that were being worked on in the late seventies and this incarnation was the culmination of these efforts.  The two-tone paint is something that collectors immediately recognize today as well as the special leather interior.  The cross-fire injection badge on the fender is the only clue as to what lies under the sleek hood…

Show 'n Shine - Vette to Victoria - Victoria, BC, Canada

Show ‘n Shine – Vette to Victoria – Victoria, BC, Canada

The new generation cross-fire injection system was a computer controlled system, and the first of its kind on the Corvette lineup.  Producing over 200hp and sitting in front of the newly designed 700-R4 four speed automatic transmission, this baby could both find its way down the track in a quick hurry, but could also travel the highways and byways with decent gas mileage.  This particular car on display at the show was a real gem in just wonderful condition.  So much so I could immediately remember these cars when they were new in the Chevrolet showrooms all over North America, and I really remember wanting one.  Badly.

Show 'n Shine - Vette to Victoria - Victoria, BC, Canada

Show ‘n Shine – Vette to Victoria – Victoria, BC, Canada

It was still pretty early in the morning, well before the official launch of the event.  The shadows were still long and the morning air was fresh although we knew right away it was going to be a glorious weekend weather-wise.  As the cars arrived and began to line-up the sense of excitement was building.

Show 'n Shine - Vette to Victoria - Victoria, BC, Canada

Show ‘n Shine – Vette to Victoria – Victoria, BC, Canada

Models from all the generations were featured at the show, some stock, some modified.  There’s always something to admire in the Chevrolet Corvette no matter what year or model it is.  When you consider the love and care that goes into these cars by their owners you quickly begin to realize that they are the embodiment of the spirit that hearkened their creation.

Show 'n Shine - Vette to Victoria - Victoria, BC, Canada

Show ‘n Shine – Vette to Victoria – Victoria, BC, Canada

Up at the front of the dealership we found the Concours.  This area held the most intricately restored and detailed editions of the cars on display as the level of perfection that must exist in the car to even qualify for consideration at this level of competition is truly astounding.  It soon became evident that we were about to witness a show unlike any other we’d seen before.

Show 'n Shine - Vette to Victoria - Victoria, BC, Canada

Show ‘n Shine – Vette to Victoria – Victoria, BC, Canada

This race-ready Corvette was really great to view and take in.  As it pulled into its spot for display the sounds emanating from the engine bay were tantamount to a very grumpy lion who had just discovered the most perfect antelope on the plains…  you just knew that the sounds were going to be ear-shattering and the competition was to be over quickly.

Show 'n Shine - Vette to Victoria - Victoria, BC, Canada

Show ‘n Shine – Vette to Victoria – Victoria, BC, Canada

As the morning progressed and settled in, and the shadows began to lessen, the distinct sensation of excitement was really building.  All the last-minute details were being attended to and it was now just a matter of moments before the gates were opened and the public came to join us.

No matter if you’re young or old, boy or girl, there is always something to be enjoyed at car shows like this.  The people are always very friendly and quite eager to talk cars to anyone striking up a conversation.  We definitely came away with a new group of friends from the event and are looking forward to attending more as the years go on.

Please feel free to leave us any comments that you may have as we really do love to hear from all our visitors.  Thank you very much for your kind visit today and we hope to see you here at The Hollow again!




  1. avatar Len Saltiel says:

    Another great tribute to the classic car Toad. You must have been in your glory there. One question though. Does everyone on Vancouver Island own a Vette? Seems like it.

    • avatar ToadHollowPhoto says:

      HA! Well, no, I do see the odd this, that and the other thing on our roads here too! 🙂 Thank you so very kindly for your visit today, and for making me smile from ear-to-ear! Love your comments, Len!

  2. avatar Edith levy says:

    Very cool Toad. You are really having fun with this…I can tell. The “love” comes out in your images. BTW thanks for letting me know about the post 🙂

    • avatar ToadHollowPhoto says:

      You are so very kind, thank you Edith! I really love all sorts of cars, especially classics. Their body lines and the stories they have under their hoods is absolutely compelling to me. Thank you so much for popping by today, that really means a lot!

  3. avatar Jim Denham says:

    Wow – whenever I see these pics, my love for these rides comes to the service. Love seeing the hoods up and that black one (#4) is just awesome looking! Thanks for sharing Toads!

    • avatar ToadHollowPhoto says:

      Thank you SO much Jim! Gosh, my friend, that just means so much to us here! We just have to get together one day, my friend, I’d love to take you out in ours!

  4. avatar Jim Nix says:

    Toad, I bet you were rather fired up at this event! I can imagine you were like a kid in a candy store – nice work!

    • avatar ToadHollowPhoto says:

      You know it, Jim!! 😀 You know it! And 3 days, too, eh? I don’t think I slept…. thank you so much for popping around today, kind sir, that really does mean an awful lot to us!

  5. avatar ehpem says:

    Another great series here Toad. You bring a lot of knowledge to these posts that I suspect comes from what you know and love already, and not from research into the Corvette details.

    • avatar ToadHollowPhoto says:

      My entire life I have been enamored by these cars, some call it a disease. LOL Thank you for your incredible comments here today, Ehpem, I cannot begin to tell you how much we appreciate all your friendship and support!!

  6. Another great series of Vette shots here. Looks like you had a great time photographing them.

    • avatar ToadHollowPhoto says:

      You bet, Steven, it was a pure joy to be able to spend some quality time with these gorgeous cars! Thanks so much for taking the time to pop by and see us, and for leaving these fabulous comments my friend!

  7. Hard to pick a favorite, all around great shots, very nice work!

  8. avatar Rick Louie says:

    Got to love a good Vette show. What a treat to have these fine specimens on display!

    • avatar ToadHollowPhoto says:

      Thanks Rick, I have to agree with you there! We sure do appreciate you taking the time to pop by and see us, and for leaving these great comments my friend!

  9. I have always liked the Corvette, and this feeling keeps on growing on me, thanks to your incredible portrayal of these beautiful cars. This is not necessarily good, lol, because they fall outside my price range.

    • avatar ToadHollowPhoto says:

      HA! That’s awesome, Joseph, thank you so much for your great visit and most spectacular comments here!!

  10. Another fine set of ‘Vette images my friend! I can well imagine you were in your glory. This brings back great memories of my ’80!

    • avatar ToadHollowPhoto says:

      A 1980 Corvette is an icon, sir! Those late C3’s were really part of the vernacular of the society we grew up in. One of my favs, with the two tone paint jobs, the really cool leather interiors, and the very subtle body trim. Really stunning cars. Thank you so much for taking the time to join us at the show today, Michael!