When it comes to vehicle enthusiasts, we have a wide range of interests that sometimes are a bit surprising.  In today’s post we’re heading back to the “Beverly Corners Show and Shine 2013″ in our running photoblog series called “The Toads At The Sportsplex” where we’re going to check out a trio of beauties that were on display the day we visited.  You can always rest assured that if it’s shiny, chromed, loud and fast, it’s got my immediate attention.  Not that I break any traffic laws here on Vancouver Island myself, you understand, I’ve just always liked custom vehicles.  Sort of like the proverbial moth to the flame.  Without any actual fire.

Custom Chopper - Duncan, BC, Canada

Custom Chopper – Duncan, BC, Canada –

I know enough about choppers to be dangerous.  That’s pretty much the extent of it, and likely one of the reasons I don’t actually own one.  I used to ride a motorcycle when I was younger, but I had a few incidents of unplanned stops against the pavement with my bike in a sideways situation, and this had led me to lead a life of admiration from afar.  That, and my bum knee from all that.  But, that’s a whole other story…

When Mrs. Toad and I hit the grass on the day of the big show, this just beautiful bike hearkened to me from across the way.  I love choppers and I love old school.  This baby has both those elements going on, and it has them with much style.  From the whitewall tires and glinting chrome spoked wheels to the incredible paint-job and leather work we see in the seats, there is absolutely no detail left unattended here.  If you click on the picture above and bring it full screen on your system, you will begin to see more details emerge that make it so very special.  The chrome handlebars, and the red skull that is affixed to the top of the backseat bar (sometimes referred to as a “sissy bar”), you’d best wear your darkest sunglasses before checking this bike out on a sunny day.

Classic Car - Pontiac Trans Am - Duncan, BC, Canada

Classic Pontiac Trans Am – Duncan, BC, Canada –

Our next stop was to check out a true classic car…  this awesome Pontiac Trans Am.  Sporting a 455 H.O. big block engine, this car was the stuff fables were made of in the sixties and seventies.  Low slung with a super-wide stance, this car looked like it meant business standing still, and it had the stuff needed to make it back that up on the street.  This particular car was one I might categorize as a “retro-mod”, which means a retro car modified with modern parts to make it handle better, stop better and go in a straight line that much faster.  The modifications to this particular car were subtle to the observer from this perspective, but were very tasteful and in keeping with the tradition that the times had originally created.  Who wouldn’t look good in this baby cruising the boulevard on a Saturday night?  And before I forget, I’d also like to mention that my birthday is coming up in a few months, and if you’re looking for the perfect gift for your favorite Toad please consider this baby…

Classic Car - Plymouth Barracuda - Duncan, BC, Canada

Classic Plymouth Barracuda – Duncan, BC, Canada –

Our final stop finds us checking out one of the grandfathers of the muscle car, the Plymouth Barracuda.  I am not sure of the exact year of this car, but am quite certain it’s from the first or second generation making it a classic car manufactured between 1964-1969.  The authentic classic British Columbia plate hanging on the front of the car denotes the year as 1966, likely dating this car to that year.

Originally based of the Valiant car line, a vehicle designed as a reliable daily driver for the masses, this highly modified car found itself sporting a bevy of engine options in the sixties, including several big block configurations.  A close look at this car reveals the fabled “V8 Commando” badge on the front fender, instantly telling the observer that this car is likely sporting a 383 big block Commando engine…  which translates into “don’t trifle with this unless you brought your own elephant gun to the party!”

Once again, I believe we are looking at a “retro-mod”, evidenced by the modern parts and subtle changes to the overall design that add a personal touch and tons of character to the car.  Not to mention the truly incredible red paint job that wraps this baby in a bright cloak, making it impossible to miss on Saturday night as it cruises the streets looking for trouble.

There is a real sense of special excitement that one experiences at shows like this, especially if you have personal connections with the times.  It seems that these cars and bikes embody the feeling we all had growing up in this period, and quite honestly these cars are the last of their kind as big changes in the industry and the world marked the end of the era in the seventies.  At least there’s an active community of enthusiasts still dedicated to the cause, allowing us all to relive a little our own past.  Aren’t memories wonderful.

Thank you so much for popping by to see us today, we really appreciate it here at The Hollow.  As always, we love to hear from all our visitors, so please feel free to leave us any comments you may have below.

  1. So my birthday’s in a few days, I’ll take that Trans Am! The mighty firebird was one of the first muscle cars to ever grab my attention as a young boy. (Smokey and the Bandit anyone?!) Great shots Toad, a great reminder that Car Show season is now open.

    • Smokey & The Bandit!!! GREATEST movie ever!! That one is my all-time favorite, that ’77 Trans Am with the screaming eagle on the hood is a car that has been held in the imaginations of car buffs everywhere. My son even talks about getting one one day. Thanks so much for popping by and sharing your thoughts here, Howard, everyone will enjoy these comments!!

  2. avatar Lisa Gordon says:

    My son is rebuilding the engine in a classic TransAm.
    He inherited it from his Granddad.
    It is a beauty.

    • I would give my left flipper to see a shot of that Lisa!! Wow, how lucky!!! They are true true classics in every sense of the term. Thanks so much for popping on by today!

  3. avatar Joyfulgozo says:

    fancy cars, and the like — they do look fancy. as for ur few days a bday — let’s see what your lady can do for a creative surprise.
    thk for sharing//Joyfulgozo

    • Hahaha!! I’ve mentioned this to Mrs. Toad and she gave me a hearty “no” because we’ve already got one hot rod parked in the garage!! A man can dream, though! 🙂 Thanks so much for popping on by and commenting here, we really appreciate it!

  4. avatar Bev Oliver says:

    Scott, you need to know in advance that Jim will be pumping you about the next ‘show n shine’ here in the valley; he’s dying to get this season started!

    • I come prepared!! I’ve got this years list all ready and am making plans for some of the best shows… Laurie and I were talking about your comments here last night and we would love to drag you guys out and share the experience!!! I love wandering the car shows here in the island, it’s like a treasure hunt for the Toad. 🙂 Thanks for coming by to see us today, Bev, we always love hearing from you and Jim!

  5. avatar Jimi Jones says:

    Oh man, it’s that time of year. 🙂 Love these classics.
    Wonderful shots, Toad.

  6. avatar Edith Levy says:

    You must have been in heaven Toad. Beautiful images.

  7. avatar Len Saltiel says:

    Even if you are not a car/bike enthusiast, just one look at these images makes you want to see them in person Toad. Beautifully photographed and I know you enjoyed every second of you visit.

    • I surely did my good friend, no doubt about that! Thanks, Len, as always we just love it when you pop by to see us and leave us your thoughts kind sir!! 🙂

  8. Sweet shots my friends, another great car show, I believe the Barracuda is in the 68-69 range, love my Mopars! Have a great Holiday!

    • Thanks so much Mike, it’s impossible to argue with you on your point of lovin’ the classic Mopars!! 🙂 Many thanks for your kind visit today, we really appreciate it!

  9. How bout 2 of them for your birthday? Love these pictures Toad! I used to ride a 3 wheeler(ATC) when I was younger. Lots of fun. No unplanned stops on pavement but I had puhlenty of shall we call them upside down moments?

    • There is no way I can argue with your logic, Michael, I can make room for 2!!! Count on me! Ah yes, we rode along on those ATC’s quite a bit as youth as well, remember them fondly… usually from the ground looking up, as you mention here!! 🙂 Great comments, my friend, thanks for your kind visit!

  10. avatar Rick Louie says:

    That is one clean Trans Am! Love the look! I wouldn’t mind that as a birthday present either!

    • Hard to argue with a fire breathin’ Trans-Am, eh Rick?? Gotta love those babies!! Thanks so much for your visit and thoughts here today, we really appreciate it!