It’s really hard to believe that July is here already!  With summer just around the corner in Canada, it’s time to start planning for visits to our local car shows.  The weather is getting nice on Vancouver Island, and with it comes a bevy of sightings of classic and custom cars, trucks and motorcycles.  In other words, this is the time of year that Mr. Toad, yours truly, loves to get out and meet new people and spend time checking out the cars!

Custom Chevy Nova SS - Beverly Corners Show and Shine 2015 - Duncan, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Custom Chevy Nova SS – Beverly Corners Show and Shine 2015 – Duncan, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

In today’s post, we are going to celebrate a stunning classic hot rod, one that can easily stand on its own in terms of detail, raw power and earth-shattering speed.  There is a bit of a deeper backstory to this beaut, though, one that is personal to me.  For those who follow us regularly, you already know of my love for classic hot rods.  I have owned many myself and continue to be amazed at the quality and attention to detail that goes into our contemporary builds up here in Canada.  This custom Nova SS is a perfect example of this.  It exhibits a wonderful blend of impeccable beauty and earthquake inducing power.

Custom Chevy Nova SS - Beverly Corners Show and Shine 2015 - Duncan, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Custom Chevy Nova SS – Beverly Corners Show and Shine 2015 – Duncan, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Our very own little slice of paradise in the Cowichan Valley happens to reside on a rather busy backroad that leads deep into the farming belt in the Cowichan Valley, ending up at Maple Bay at the end of our road.  During the nice weather months, an untold number of incredible cars, trucks and motorcycles parade past as enthusiasts look for beautiful winding roads to take their machines out for a lope in the landscape.  For the last several years that I can recall, a roaring tone has been heard in the distance, closing in on our Toad Hollow as it eventually passes by…  typically with me hanging over our fence while I jump up and down and point.

What am I pointing at?  What’s got me all excited?

Yep, it’s this car.

The unmistakable whine of the supercharger that is perched atop this fire-breathing engine is one that I can hear from blocks away…  perhaps even miles away… as it motors its way through the farmscapes and twisty roads.  One of the reasons this story is so enduring to us personally is the fact that I am nearly deaf, the result of a rock ‘n roll accident that I had when I was a teenager.  (I may have stood too close to a stack of Marshall amplifiers at a rock show in town when I was 18, coupled with the fact that I have my own Marshall stack that can frequently be heard squealing really bad attempts at guitar playing throughout our neighborhood.  Sorry neighbors.)

Custom Chevy Nova SS - Beverly Corners Show and Shine 2015 - Duncan, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Custom Chevy Nova SS – Beverly Corners Show and Shine 2015 – Duncan, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Check out the attention paid to the smallest detail here.  I am pretty sure this beauty could pass the Space Shuttle on launch in terms of mind-numbing speed, yet it also remains a wonderful example of classic cars that are customized to embrace the spirit of hot rodding in its purest form.  Each gauge, each knob, the all-encompassing rollbar, they all come together in harmony in this stunning car to create the overall beast that we stand here and admire today.  All these elements were conceived of during a much simpler time, a time when computers didn’t exist quite yet in the context of cars and when displacement with forced induction was the ultimate king of the road and strip.

Custom Chevy Nova SS - Beverly Corners Show and Shine 2015 - Duncan, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Custom Chevy Nova SS – Beverly Corners Show and Shine 2015 – Duncan, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

So, as the summer fully arrives, I find myself updating our calendar to include some of the terrific car shows that take place here every year on Vancouver Island.  These shows are a highlight for us for the year as we not only get to wander the grounds and witness some truly incredible pieces of rolling art, we also get to meet some of the local people who are very enthusiastic about their creations.  After-all, most of these cars embody the spirit and personality of those who designed and built them.

Thanks for visiting us here at The Hollow today, we really 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. What a ride, the motor is as big as the car! Bet the ground shakes, sweet shots as always

    • Oh my gosh, Mike, you can hear this gorgeous beast rolling for blocks away!! And that supercharger? The sweetest little whine you’ve ever heard. Yep, this is the definition of Muscle Car, that’s for sure!! Thanks for the visit and awesome comments today!