Vancouver Collector Car Show/Auction/Sale
Saturday, June 22 – 10am- 7pm
Sunday, June 23 – 10am – 5pm
As well as being a busy Realtor, I must also confess to being a big 'Car Guy'. Everyone needs a hobby. Hobby/obsession, let's not quibble. So I'm thrilled that for the first time in almost 20 years, Vancouver will be hosting a huge Collector Car Show. It's more than just a show, it's also an auction and a sale. It's a place where you will be able to amble around 12 acres of indoor and outdoor space at the PNE grounds in East Vancouver. With some 15,000 square feet of tents, you'll be able to view over 500 cars, of which at least 120 of them will be on the auction block. World renowned Auctioneers, Maynards, will be at the helm. But that's not all. There will also be exhibit booths with suppliers and vendors, car club exhibits, feature displays, sponsor tents, entertainment, famous PNE Fair food; basically, this will be the PNE for car enthusiasts!
I had the good fortune to attend the Annual Spring Collector Car Show in Toronto. It was fabulous. Interesting to note that there was a private collection of 15 cars that were sent from Vancouver to Toronto for the show. What's wrong with this picture? Here we are in Lotus Land, with more exotic cars per square kilometre than anywhere else in Canada, and we haven't had a Collector Car show since 1995!
According to Show Director Jason Heard of the National Association of Automobile Clubs of Canada, the reason behind this lengthy delay is location. In 1995, the PNE tore down all of their Showmarts due to a change in policy. That decision included everything from the Forum to Rollerland. So when the NAACC decided that they wanted to hold an auction this year, to make it cost effective they knew that they'd have to "bolt the show onto it". It's incrediblty expensive to stage such an auction, as due to Vancouver's unpredictable weather, they've had to set up acres of tents to protect vehicles and attendees alike. These guys attend every show that they can in a year - so they really know what it's all about.
So do yourself and maybe some friends a favour and head on down to the PNE to take in this rare opportunity to be a part of a Collector Car Show. You'll be glad you did.
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