Chris Yarrow has had an eye for cars his entire life, and that’s no exaggeration. “I was born on the front seat of a 1957 Lincoln,” he says with a laugh. “And I’m 57 now, so I’ve been interested in cars for 57 years.”
It’s a lifelong passion that’s led him to develop an eye for good cars. Particularly passionate about American classic cars and British sports cars, Yarrow says while his experience may be limited to a narrower cross-section of automobiles, he knows exactly what he’s looking for as a judge.
“I have very fine taste. I can tell original from reproduction, and I know what I’m looking at.”
Yarrow, with Rudi Koniczek of Rudi & Company, organized the Deep Cove Chalet Concours d’Elegance in the late ’80s and early ’90s, showcasing many special interest cars.
“We were well tuned in to what a restoration was like, and how to do it, and what to look for.”
Yarrow’s own personal collection includes several gems in the automotive world, including a 1956 Austin Healy, and a 1930 Packard that just brought home the Senior Judge’s Award from the Forest Grove Concours d’Elegance last month.
“It’s an original Victoria car, and it’s a very interesting story,” says Yarrow of the Packard. Bought brand new by Yarrow’s grandfather in 1930, the car left the family seven years later, traded in for a smaller model. It had the honour of carrying King George VI and Queen Elizabeth during the first royal visit to Victoria in 1939, and passed through the hands of several car enthusiasts.
Yarrow tracked it down and eventually brought it back into the family in 1989. Since then, he’s fully restored its beauty.
“I appreciate how much work it is to restore a car, because I’ve done it,” he says. I look forward to seeing the amazing vehicles at this year’s show.