The Vancouver ABFM Awards Ceremony was heralded by piper Ember Schira from the British Columbia Regiment Irish Pipe and Drums.
Volunteers are essential to any successful event and a new award to recognize excellence in volunteer work, the Edd Langelier Award, was presented. Aptly named after Edd Langelier, who for 30 years
dedicated his time, talent and enthusiasm to the Vancouver ABFM as its chief marshal, died only a few weeks after the 2015 event. Before he died, he was told that the Edd Award would be given in his memory.
2016 Edd Langelier Award Recipient: John Morse
Comments: Morse has worked marshalling every Vancouver ABFM for the past 30 years and also volunteers a significant amount of time to the Jaguar/MG Club slalom racing events.
Young Entrant Award (Judged by ABFM judges)—sponsored by Silk Cat Automotive
Car owners under the age of 30 register their cars for judging in this category. There were 6 Young Entrant cars at the 2016 Vancouver ABFM. Cars judged in this category were as follows:
|1937||Rolls Royce 25/30||Saloon|
|1967||Triumph Spitfire Mk III||Roadster|
|1995||Rover 100 Ascot SE||Hatchback|
Winner: Susan Lim, 1967 Triumph Spitfire Mk III.
Judges’ Comments: Young love; old cars! Newly engaged Susan Lim and her fiancé only got the car because the previous owner wanted it to go to a loving home. Older restoration that still shines and will continue to shine for years to come under the couple’s ownership.
Student Juging Award – partnered with NASKARZ, an organization that works with at-risk young people, teaching them automotive skills. The NASKARZ Program, “Never again steal cars”, is designed to get young people from Vancouver’s downtown east side into automotive social and education opportunities. These young people, plus 2 BCIT students, all under the direction of
Sergeant Tim Houchen of the Vancouver Police Department and Alex Vasiljevic, community youth worker at the City of Vancouver, judged a selection of ABFM entrants’ cars pre-selected three cars to be judged.
Winner: Kip Kallweit, 1974 TVR 5000M, Coupe.
Honourable Mention: Philip Langridge, 2007 Bentley Continental R.
Lewie Award – recognizing a person who has contributed significantly to the classic car and automotive industry. This year’s recipient is celebrating more than 45 years of service to the automotive trade, working in both England Canada. The company he founded specializes in custom differential work and also carries a huge parts inventory, shipping throughout North America.
Active in the Sports Car Club of BC and the Vintage Race Club of BC as past president of both organizations and a long-time sponsor of motorsport and automotive events, the 2016 Lewie Award was presented to Ian Wood, owner IWE Rear Ends Only.
Motoring Mouth Spirit Award – awarded to the person who best represents the classic car industry. This year’s recipient was one of the founding members of the Jaguar/MG Club and a long-time Jaguar specialist based in Chilliwack. He
currently spends his retirement years working with the Chilliwack Pioneer Village museum, curating and leading tours of the farming machinery displays, presented by the Atchelitz Threshermen’s Association.
This year’s recipient was Gerry Parkhill.
Original Car, Unrestored, car must be 1982 or prior (Judged by ABFM judges); “Unrestored” defined as “close as possible to factory original condition”—sponsored by Pennzoil
The following 34 Original, Unrestored cars were judged in this category:
|1937||Rolls Royce 25/30||Saloon|
|1953||Bentley Type R||Saloon|
|1955||Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith||Limousine|
|1958||Austin Healey 100-6 BN4||Roadster|
|1959||Land Rover SII||Station Wagon|
|1959||Ariel Arrow 250||Motorcycle|
|1963||Land Rover SIIA||SWagon|
|1964||Morgan Plus 4||4-Seater|
|1964||Morris 1000 Tourer||Convertible|
|1967||Triumph 12/50 Sports||Convertible|
|1969||Rolls Royce Silver Shadow||Saloon|
|1972||Jaguar XJ6 Series 1 2.8L||Sedan|
|1972||Morgan Plus 8||Convertible|
|1972||Austin 1300 GT||Saloon|
|1977||Rolls Royce Silver Shadow II||Saloon|
|1979||Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow II||Saloon|
|1980||1980 Triumph TR7||Convertible|
Winner: Chris Allen, 1972 Morgan Plus 8, Convertible
Judges’ Comments: Bought with only 3,000 miles in 2000, kept in very original condition, only put new tires on it.
Debuting Restoration, under $50,000 in total restoration costs (Judged by ABFM judges)—sponsored by Octagon Motor Group
The following 25 Debuting Restorations under $50,000 were judged in this category:
|1934||Singer Nine Sports||Convertible|
|1950||Riley RMD DHC||Convertible|
|1959||Jaguar Mk IX||Saloon|
|1961||Morris Minor 1000||Saloon|
|1962||Jaguar E-Type S1||OTS|
|1962||Jaguar Mk 2||Saloon|
|1966||Ford Cortina Mk1 GT||Saloon|
|1969||Lotus Elan Plus 2||Coupe|
|1969||Ford Cortina GT||4-Door|
|1971||Lotus Super 7||Convertible|
|1971||Land Rover 88″||Utility|
|1976||British Leyland Mini||Saloon|
Winner: Larry Paterson, 1949 Austin A40 Pickup
Judges’ Comments: Difficult to restore; no parts available; years spent on this restoration, beautiful display that included a restored J-42 Pedal Car on the Pickup. Larry and his wife, Linda LeGeyt, brought the car from Okotoks, Alberta to the show.
Debuting Restoration Award, $50,000-$100,000 in total restoration costs (Judged by ABFM judges)—sponsored by Sovereign Motors
There were 8 Debuting Restorations $50,000-$100,000 judged at the 2016 Vancouver ABFM. Cars judged in this category were as follows:
|1962||Austin Healey 3000 Mk2||Convertible|
|1962||Lotus Elite SII||Coupe|
|1963||Land Rover SIIA 88″||Off-Road|
Winner: Ken Ewing, 1962 Austin Healey 3000 Mk 2
Judges’ Comments:: Very correct restoration, with attention given to all details.
Debuting Restoration Award, more than $100,000 in total restoration costs (Judged by ABFM judges)—sponsored by Autoglym Detailing Products
There were 3 cars originally registered for this category and it was unfortunate that none were completed in time for the show. Look for them at the 2017 Vancouver ABFM, to be held Saturday May 20.
First-Time Entrant (Judged by ABFM judges)—sponsored by the aptly named Synchromesh Wines, owned by classic car enthusiasts Alan and John Dickinson. Synchromesh Wines generously provided a bottle of its Ocean Falls Wine to each sponsor award recipient.
It is extremely gratifying for the organizers of the Vancouver ABFM to see first-time cars on the field each year, as their presence represents the faith in the future of this event and other such events. This year, there were 108 first-time entrants, representing just under 21 per cent of the cars on the field.
Winner: Wayne Shalagan, 1966 Triumph TR4A
Judges’ Comments: Beautiful example of the open-top sports car that is one of Triumph’s best-loved cars.
Modified Class Award (Judged by ABFM judges)—sponsored by McLaren Vancouver. A special thank-you to brand manager Wilson Ng for also providing a nice display of five cars.
Winner: Ruth Wyrill, 1969 Triumph GT6
Judges’ Comments: Ford 302 power with custom chassis, but a stock body. Nicely done!
Land Rover Spirit Award (Judged by ABFM judges), presented to the Land Rover that is the most unique, vintage, original or special purpose with characteristics that exceed all others in its class—sponsored by Rovalution.
Winner: Matt Mepham, 1969 Land Rover Series IIA, Utility
Featured Marque Awards (Judged by ABFM judges)—sponsored by Hagerty Collector Car Insurance.
Featured marques for 2016 were Daimler and Land Rover.
Daimler Winner: Dennis & Carol Brammer, 1962 Daimler SP250 Dart
Land Rover Winners: Ian & Doreen Newby, 1985 Land Rover 110, S3
Best Motorcycle Overall (Judged by ABFM judges)—sponsored by International Motorsports, B.C’s exclusive Triumph dealership. A special thank-you to owner Zack Graham for displaying a great selection of motorbikes.
Winner: Ken Linde, 1937 Norton ES2
Judges’ Comments: One of the rarest Nortons, a visual feast of machinery.
2016 Featured Marque Best Pre-War Vintage Motorcycle (Judged by ABFM judges)—sponsored by Western Driver.
Winner: Alan Comfort, 1938 Velocette MSS 500
Judges’ Comments: This ‘Velo’ is a fabulous-looking bike, reflecting pre-war times.
Best Debuting Motorcycle Restoration (Judged by ABFM judges)—sponsored by Autoform, Vancouver’s Premium Vehicle Dealer.
Winner: Nigel Spaxman, 1948 Vincent Rapide
Vincent Motorcycles was a British manufacturer of motorcycles from 1928 to 1955. The business was established by Philip Vincent who bought an existing manufacturing name HRD, initially renaming it as Vincent HRD, producing his own motorcycles as previously with bought-in engines.
Neatest Little Car, the cutest most-fun car on the field (chosen by ABFM entrants)—sponsored by MINI Yaletown
Winner: Alan Simpson, 1930 Ulster Super Sports
The sporting variation of the Austin 7, known as the Ulster was introduced in 1929 by the Austin company. It was a factory-produced successor to Austin’s modified competition cars of the mid1920s. (The Ulster name was a tribute to the racing success at the famed Irish RAC Tourist Trophy held at the Ards circuit located near Ulster).
In comparison to its saloon counterpart, the Ulster had a re-tuned engine and a chassis that sat three inches lower. They had an aerodynamic boat tail body and no doors. The Ulster automobiles were popular private race cars that offered a surprising level of performance. They were exclusive automobiles that were built in limited numbers until 1931.
The Ulsters were powered by the 748cc four-cylinder engine found in the saloons with modifications made to the innards of the motors and sporting modified induction and exhaust systems. Some were equipped with Cozette superchargers, considerably increasing their power output.
Most Elegant Car, the big car with the most class (chosen by ABFM entrants)—sponsored by Rolls-Royce Vancouver. A special thank-you to brand manager Steven Wu for displaying the latest Rolls-Royce Ghost at the 2016 ABFM.
Winner: John Ferguson, 1928 Rolls-Royce Phantom 1, Convertible
Officially known as the “New Phantom”, the Rolls-Royce Phantom 1 succeeded the 19-year-old Silver Ghost in 1925. The main difference between the two was the adoption of an overhead-valve engine that drove the transmission through a plate clutch instead of the earlier cone clutch. The Phantom 1 was replaced by the Phantom II in 1929, which sported a new chassis.
Entrants Choice Overall: the most popular car on the field (chosen by ABFM entrants)—sponsored by MCL Motor Cars, part of the Dilawri Group, with four British-built brands, Jaguar, Land Rover, Bentley and Aston Martin, in its dealership. MCL has been a sponsor of the Vancouver ABFM for more than 16 years.
Winner: Oliver Young, 1935 Alvis Speed 25 Brooklands
Alvis, never a volume manufacturer, was one of the most innovative and successful British marques, distinguished by racing success. Early record-setting success at Brooklands was followed by the innovative development of front-wheel drive cars with de Dion front suspension, the first British automobile with fully independent suspension and the first fully synchronized four-speed gearbox offered on a production British car.
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