The inaugural Vancouver Island Concours d’Elegance, presented by the GAIN Group, was held on a splendidly sunny day at the historic facilities at Shawnigan Lake School. Approximately 300 vehicles, many of them rare, unique, and in stunning condition, were on display on two playing fields, over 220-vehicle at the car show on Colts Field, and approximately 60 concours automobiles and Motorcycles on the Canada field. It was an amazing sight, crisp chrome and impeccable paint burnished by the sun, proud owners busy discussing the unique features of their vehicle with thousands of guests in attendance.
The centre of attention was the judging of the Concours entries. Head Judge John Carlson led an international calibre cadre of judges, some from such far away places and Florida and California, and several of whom had judged at the Pebble Beach Concours the previous weekend. Judge Jim Thomas of Florida said the competition was extremely impressive, especially given this was the inaugural year.
Speaking of the inaugural year, the Concours and the Show and Shine were a tremendous task that pushed the team around Cindy Mui, President of the Concours and the whole GAIN team to incredible efforts and work loads. To guarantee the attendance of so many fine automobiles and motorcycles, the classic specialists at Coachwerks Restoration lead by Scott Kerr, Dave Hargraves and Tracy and Mike Grams, sourced vehicles from collectors all over British Columbia.
Sponsor tents lined the upper level field, including CTV, Kool FM, CFAX, Dr. Tatra Family Dentist, Uptown AC, The Agency, David Foster Foundation, and the Cowichan District Hospital Foundation. Both Foundations received portions of the donations, amounting to over $180,000 raised in the last several months and on the day’s events. Outstanding contributions came from SupErb Construction, Triple T Excavating, Fantastic Cleaning, Hub International, Passion Sports, Fairway Markets, Arterra, and Enrico Winery. Other sponsors included Aurange Jewellery, Stefano Ricci, Mission Hill Winery, Sunrock Vineyards, Red Solutions, Ocean 98.5, 103.1 Jack FM, Tyler Mechanical, The Ensuite Kitchen & Bath, Distinctive Auto works, Island Paving, Rutland Glass, Island Floor Centre, Nespresso, Gordon N Gordon Interiors, Colliers International, Surespan, Lewis Sheet Metal, Canem, United Rentals, Top line Roofing, Villa Eyrie Resort, Red Arrow Brewery, Times Colonisit, Black Press Media, Island Radio, Pattison Outdoor, Immediate Images , Used.ca, all among many others, who all displayed a truly generous sense of community.
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Thousands of spectators mingled with car owners, all happily sharing their passion. The sun made the cars look even more spectacular while the meticulous lawns and the stunning building as the back drop brought a charm to the Motorcar Weekend that would normally be associated with prestigious shows in the biggest centres of the automotive world. Food prepared by GAIN Director of Food and Beverage and chef Ryan Bissell and Joseph Kennard from the Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit, and an erstwhile team of helpers, made for a festive, celebratory atmosphere that worked its way through the entire show. There were broad smiles everywhere. Owner Don Johnson, who brought his recently acquired 1965 Volvo Sport to the show, after having its hood restored by Coachwerks in Victoria, said:
“it really is such a great day. You sit and talk about your car, and it is great to see so many others here, too.”
A guest wandering through the grounds with Don said:
“I had no idea how big this is, and so many fantastic cars. This is really amazing.”
The Cadillac Biarritz, three Mercedes-Benz 300 SL, the 6 Jaguar E-Types, and some others were just some of the many beauties on site that day. Best of Show this year was awarded to a magnificent 1954 Bentley Continental R. It is one of one ever built and owned by David Cohen. The judges were nearly unanimous, although the field was studded with fabulous entries. Mr. Thomas said, at a dinner at Alpina Restaurant held that evening that the future is bright for the Vancouver Island Concours d’Elegance. We are sure he is right and can’t wait for next year.
THANK YOU ALL FOR THE SUPPORT! We will see you next year!