It has been an action-packed summer here on Vancouver Island for us as we have been working hard for our clients on many different projects.  One of the highlights for any summer is when we get to visit the Vancouver Island Motor Gathering held at the Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit in the Cowichan Valley here on the island.  The venue is truly second-to-none, and the proceeds from the show go to great and worthwhile charities.  This year did not disappoint in any way, the facility was packed with spectators and exhibitors showing off some of the finest cars we’ve seen.  Many folks come from distant locations to show off their vehicles, and it sure is fun to walk around and see everything and meet locals and visitors alike.

2017 Vancouver Island Motor Gathering - Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit - Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

2017 Vancouver Island Motor Gathering – Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit – Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

2017 Vancouver Island Motor Gathering - Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit - Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

2017 Vancouver Island Motor Gathering – Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit – Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

This year we were asked by the Cowichan Valley Citizen to visit the show and capture some shots that were to be considered for the local paper.  Needless to say, we were very excited to see that one of our shots was used in the article “Motor Gathering in Cowichan raises nearly $175,000 in cash for charities“.  As you can see in the article, the event was a wonderful success, with a lot of money raised for important charities.

2017 Vancouver Island Motor Gathering - Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit - Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

2017 Vancouver Island Motor Gathering – Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit – Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

The crowd was amazing, and once again we found that the people who come to these types of events are all friendly and very happy to be here.  There was a lot of car-talk to be enjoyed amongst the enthusiasts, and we tried our best to work quickly at the venue in an attempt to capture the essence of the show.

2017 Vancouver Island Motor Gathering - Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit - Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

2017 Vancouver Island Motor Gathering – Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit – Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

We met Duncan’s Chris Castellarin and his wife Elissa Kinar with their replica 1957 Porsche 356 Speedster, a really nice couple who have an obvious passion for this genre of classic Porsche sports car.  Even though this car is a replica of the original, it presented perfectly and was a real delight for us to check out in detail.  How much fun would it be to drive the twisty roads of Vancouver Island in this gem with your arms in the air as the beautiful scenery passes by so quickly?

2017 Vancouver Island Motor Gathering - Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit - Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

2017 Vancouver Island Motor Gathering – Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit – Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Doug Marr came up from Victoria with his 2011 Ferrari California roadster.  This gorgeous exotic car sports a 4.3L V8 engine with 453hp, guaranteed to elicit howls of joy from whomever is lucky enough to join Doug on a spin.  This car, as with most others at the show, was mint and a real crowd pleaser.  It’s hard not to fall in deep love with such a terrific example of contemporary luxury and raw performance from one of the world’s leading exotic car manufacturers.

2017 Vancouver Island Motor Gathering - Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit - Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

2017 Vancouver Island Motor Gathering – Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit – Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

2017 Vancouver Island Motor Gathering - Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit - Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

2017 Vancouver Island Motor Gathering – Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit – Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

2017 Vancouver Island Motor Gathering - Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit - Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

2017 Vancouver Island Motor Gathering – Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit – Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

As always, we find ourselves visiting the row of Corvettes at the show, admiring makes and models from all of the generations of this amazing American designed and built car.  The Chevrolet Corvette remains one of our favorite cars as we look forward to getting our own 1987 Corvette convertible back on the road in time for next year’s summer.

2017 Vancouver Island Motor Gathering - Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit - Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

2017 Vancouver Island Motor Gathering – Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit – Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

For the fan of the classic muscle car, there was a great contingent of cars present from this era to see and enjoy.  Some of these cars are restored to factory perfection, while others like this incredible 1969 Camaro SS are resto-mods that feature some of the best modern-day elements all wrapped up in a gorgeous classic body that bridges both worlds.  This big-block street roamer would definitely be something else to experience in person, no doubt about it.

2017 Vancouver Island Motor Gathering - Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit - Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

2017 Vancouver Island Motor Gathering – Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit – Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Porsche was very well represented at the show this year, with makes and models on display covering the full gambit going back to the early classics all the way up to the modern day track monsters that are capable of scaring the wits out of you in a heartbeat.  These beautiful cars are amazing to see in person.  Many times these days you are lucky to see one fly by you on the highway, so getting a chance to spend a few moments checking one out in person is a real joy for the exotic car enthusiast.

Well, that’s it for today’s update on the big car show.  We hope to have more time to spend next year at the event so we can share more photos with you.  In the meantime, we hope everyone is enjoying their summer for those of us in the northern hemisphere.  We sure have, the weather has been outstanding this year.

Stay tuned, friends, we’ve got some very exciting new stories coming in the next few weeks based on the work we’ve been conducting this summer.  You can expect to see a special feature on one of our friends 2016 Corvette Stingray, and a series of photos and videos we captured during a visit to an abandoned power station here on the island.  We’ve been having a lot of fun out in the field shooting, and as the summer starts to wind down it’s time to return here to share some of the exciting stories and features we’ve experienced.

Thanks very kindly for your visit to our humble blog 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. avatar Lisa Gordon says:

    What a wonderful event, both for those attending and for those who benefit from it, and oh my goodness, the cars!!!! I wouldn’t mind any one of those parked in my driveway for a bit. 🙂
    They are true beauties.
    Thank you so much for sharing here.
    I wish both of you a wonderful weekend.

  2. avatar Frank King says:

    Excellent gallery. Well done. 🙂