It was the car show to end all car shows, the car show of a lifetime.  It was much more than we expected, and we expected an awful lot.  This year’s show was hosted at the brand new, state of the art facility, the Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit, a world class track with world class facilities.  Over 600 cars, trucks and motorcycles attended, and the crowds were huge and amazing…  the sheer numbers were astonishing for a show like this.  Exhibitors, visitors old and young alike, and children from points all over the world came together on what was to be a magical day, and we all came away with a sense of excitement as we were both saddened that the show seemed to end so early, and we all looked forward to next years event.  Join us as we explore the 2016 Vancouver Island Motor Gathering.

2016 Vancouver Island Motor Gathering - Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit - Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit – Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

2016 Vancouver Island Motor Gathering - Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit - Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit – Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

It was late in September, much later than most of the car shows we visit here on the island typically run.  The weather leading up to the big day was a bit of this, a bit of that, and a bit of everything really.  When we excitedly awoke, we found ourselves with a perfect day, the temperatures were comfortable, light cloud cover overhead helped to diffuse a bit of the light, and the rains held off for the entire event.  A picture-perfect Vancouver Island day to head out and explore the 2016 Vancouver Island Motor Gathering.

2016 Vancouver Island Motor Gathering - Chevrolet Camaro Hot Rod - Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Chevrolet Camaro Hot Rod – Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Those who follow us regularly know well of our deep love for cars, trucks and motorcycles here at The Hollow.  We have motorsports running through our veins, with a specific penchant for classic cars.  We love both the stock and original versions, as well as the highly customized and modified variety.  It is said that variety is the true spice of life, and we have to admit that this gorgeous 1969 Camaro Z/28 is the hot chili of spices in the context of cars that go fast and look good doing it.

As we wandered the grounds taking in all the great exhibits and enjoying the venue, this particular car really caught our eye.  It’s a gorgeous combination of classic body lines, infused with a dash of horsepower engineered to get this hottie down the track in the shortest time possible.  A ride in this car must feel like takeoff in the Space Shuttle at Cape Canaveral in Florida.  There is really no better way to describe it other than saying it must be faster than a rocket, and much prettier too.

The classics were far from the only genre of car on display, there were plenty of exotics, too.  Cars you just don’t see in everyday life (unless you live in an exotic place like Dubai), cars that make the blood boil and a slight bit of sweat form on your forehead as all sorts of crazy emotions run through you in the blink of an eye.

2016 Vancouver Island Motor Gathering - Maserati - Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Maserati – Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Ah yes, the finest in Pininfarina design out there, an exotic that resembles the finest Giorgio Armani suit with a dramatic silk tie to finish off the look.  Yet don’t be fooled by it’s dashing appearance, this car will melt your ice cream and make you howl with delight with the smallest application of the “go-fast” pedal.  We can only imagine the tones that would emanate as this stylish beauty turns landscapes into a blurred mass that resembles a juice drink fresh from the blender.

2016 Vancouver Island Motor Gathering - Lamborghini - Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Lamborghini – Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

2016 Vancouver Island Motor Gathering - Lamborghini - Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Lamborghini – Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

No exotic car show would be complete without the appearance of a wedge design supercar adorning Lamborghini badges now would it?  The bright orange paint on this stallion grabs the eye immediately, it would likely be visible from space if you have the chance to visit the International Space Station.  The sounds these cars make are indescribable, however I have to imagine that if the gates of hell were ever opened to the public, the sounds you’d hear from this monster car would resemble the howls of lost souls.  Either that or a Beethoven Concerto run through a wall of Marshall guitar amplifiers, pick the metaphor you like best.

This is only the very first post featuring the cars and sights from the 2016 Vancouver Island Motor Gathering, so please stay tuned over the coming months as we share pictures of cars, trucks and motorcycles that dreams are made of.  After all, dreams are what life is all about.

Thank you for visiting us here at The Hollow today as we roll out the first installment in our latest new blog series.  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 Edith Levy says:

    Saw these on Instagram earlier. Very cool Toad.

  2. avatar Mark T says:

    They truly are works of art, only a true officianado can appreciate the love involved in bringing these beauties to life for us to marvel at. Your pictures give us an awesome view of these thoroughbreds

    • Thanks so much Mark! You know the only better thing than having a chance to visit a car show like this?… it’s doing it with a great friend. Thanks for joining us on this exciting day, it turned out to be so much more than we expected and we are looking forward to next years event already. Keep the shiny side up, kind sir! Cheers Mark! 😀

  3. avatar LensScaper says:

    I know your love of cars Toad, and I can sense from the way you write that you had a memorable day. I too saw some of these shots on Instagram earlier and it’s good to see them up large here. Looking forward to some more posts from this event.