It has been a wonderful summer here on Vancouver Island this year, with weather the likes I haven’t seen in many years.  These are the perfect conditions for a car show, and when they come to town you can most certainly expect to find us wandering about the venue checking out all the awesome rides on display.  This year, 2015, it was a banner year, with many new vehicles exhibited, alongside some of the ones we’ve seen in past years.  Over the course of the next few months stay tuned as we roll out an extensive catalog of fresh new photographs and talk about our experience at the Duncan car show aptly called “Beverly Corners Show and Shine 2015“.

Beverly Corners Show and Shine 2015 - Duncan, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Beverly Corners Show and Shine 2015 – Duncan, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada –

Mrs. Toad is long well aware of my love for hot rods and customs, with car shows in particular acting like a siren’s song to me, drawing me into the proverbial flame like a moth and a candle.  I can’t help it, it’s much much bigger than me.  We had record days of sunshine this year, accompanied by balmy temperatures that made this a memorable summer.  Seasons like this tend to bring out the best in the car and custom community, as we will be showcasing here.

Beverly Corners Show and Shine 2015 - Duncan, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Beverly Corners Show and Shine 2015 – Duncan, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada –

Over the course of my lifetime I’ve owned several classic hot rods and these cars remain a prime draw for crowds to events like this.  This blue Acadian is a Canadian version of a Chevrolet Nova, of which I had a 1971 two window post with a heavily built race 350 back a number of years ago.  I still regret my decision to sell it as today these cars are a special find and create a real presence both on the street and at shows like this.  Parked next to it we find a beautiful rendition of a purple Chevrolet Chevelle, another classic from the same era.  You just can’t beat the feeling you get while driving in one of these beauts as the V8 engine blubs away under your feet, ready at the drop of a pin for some serious “get me down the road!” action.

Beverly Corners Show and Shine 2015 - Duncan, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Beverly Corners Show and Shine 2015 – Duncan, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada –

Classic custom hot rods were well represented this year as well.  The amount of attention to detail and the investment made into creating these incredible cars is truly mind-boggling if you stop and think about it.  Finding a gem like this for sale usually means you are getting a screaming deal and if we ever win the lottery you will find me at Barrett-Jackson ogling these babies looking to bring one home for our collection, without any doubt.  Of course, with all the chrome we recommend that you only do this while wearing sunglasses to avoid temporary glare blindness.

Beverly Corners Show and Shine 2015 - Duncan, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Beverly Corners Show and Shine 2015 – Duncan, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada –

Another genre of custom we are seeing more and more of each day is referred to as the “Rat Rod“.  This style of vehicle was well represented this year with a great turnout of cars and trucks that we are very much looking forward to sharing with you here.  Embracing the natural patina of a weathered car, these platforms are usually put together with much forethought and a detailed design that in body doesn’t reflect the care and attention invested in creating them.  This results in a totally unique vehicle, each with its own distinctive personality and spirit, and each typically able to tear up the pavement in glorious fashion.

We’ve been honored to meet people from all walks of life through our passion for hot rods and customs, both at the local car shows and through our social media channels.  We’ve also been getting more calls from folks who have lovingly built and currently own these great vehicles to do full sessions, and this is a direction we’d love to take our photography practice in, that’s for sure.  In the meantime we will continue to stroll the venues at the local car shows each year with an eye towards capturing the inherent beauty of a vehicle lovingly built and exhibited.  I immediately turn into a literal 3 year old when I come across these shows and find incredible personal joy in exploring them with my lens.  Join us on our voyage of discovery right here!

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




  1. avatar Bev Oliver says:

    Gorgeous shots, Toad. You’re quite right, it was a remarkable summer for show ‘n shines here on the island. Jim made it to at least 3, which was an awesome record for him, and made him feel as though he actually ‘had’ a summer. I think the best one we saw was the Qualicum show, which had vehicles of a quality I had never seen before. Cheers!

    • Oh yes, the annual Qualicum show is always an event that car enthusiasts don’t want to miss!! Thanks so much for popping by and sharing Jim’s and your story here for everyone to enjoy!!

  2. avatar Lisa Gordon says:

    What beauties these are!
    I’ll take that purple Chevy!! 🙂

    • You’re gonna want to get in line there Lisa, it seems that purple Chevy is quite popular with fans of that generation of car!! Many, many thanks for popping by today, we really do appreciate it so much!

  3. avatar Len Saltiel says:

    Knowing how you love cars, you must have been a kid in the candy store Toad. Nice shots.

  4. Sweet shots for sure, love the rat rod

  5. avatar Rick Louie says:

    Oh that Chevelle brings back memories. Nice shots!

    • Ain’t she a beaut, Rick?? You just gotta love those late 60’s and early 70’s muscle cars, they really knew how to make a statement and their presence known. Thanks for popping on by!