For Harrison Pointe resident Ella Elliott, it’s the exposed rear seats that bring back the most memories.
“I like the rumble seats because I remember riding in one of those,” she said, when asked about her favourite hotrod at the Harrison Pointe car show.
The retirement community held its fourth annual classic car show under brilliant blue skies on Thursday afternoon, giving residents the opportunity to connect and reminisce together.
“We just love having these beautiful cars come and visit with us,” said Paola Welti, activity co-ordinator at Harrison Pointe.
“I think what we love about it most is the stories that we hear about people reminiscing about their memories of being in some of these cars.
“It brings everybody out and we love socializing. We have people who sometimes never talk to one another, they end up talking to one another and sharing their experiences.”
The car show was originally meant to be a Father’s Day event, but the weather never seemed to co-operate, Welti said.
That wasn’t an issue on Thursday, when temperatures soared into the high 20s, forcing car enthusiasts to congregate in the shade.
“Oh, it’s beautiful,” said Elliott. “Couldn’t have had a nicer day to do it.”
Among the attendees was well-known car guru Earl Tucker, who brought his 1930 Chevy Sport Coupe, one of 10 vintage vehicles he currently owns.
He bought the flashy car off another enthusiast who often shows at the Otter Co-op in Aldergrove. That man’s brother had built the car from the ground up in Lillooet.
“It was in an old shed, so it needed a lot of clean-up but other than that — I’ve done some mechanical work on it, put signals on it, done a little bit of wiring — but that’s about it,” Tucker said.
The car features a roll down rear window and rumble seat and trunk in the back. The mohair upholstery has been redone and its iconic engine has been rebuilt.
“It’s one of the early, what they call a Stovebolt 6 engine, and this would be the second year for it — ’29 was the first. And because of that, they are very different, you just don’t see them that often,” Tucker said.