Classic cars at 2023 PoloFest event

An outstanding, multi-car display of Euro Classics, Performance and Supercars participated in the inaugural Classic Cars at PoloFest, (CCAP) event held at Southlands Riding Club on Saturday, July 29, 2023.

2023 Classic Cars at PoloFest: An event that mingled horse power with horsepower. Photo: Cam Hutchins.



Horses and Horsepower

Steve Blake, owner of the 1939 MG VA Tickford DHC with two PoloFest attendees. Photo: Cam Hutchins.

This event allowed car enthusiasts to participate in a unique show that combined a multi-marque, 100-car display with the exciting equestrian world of international Polo for the first time in Vancouver.


In a time when venues that allow car shows are increasingly challenging to find throughout the Lower Mainland, Western Driver is pleased to have established the new Classic Cars at Polofest (CCAP) event in partnership with the management of Southlands Riding Club and the Delta Polo Club, which allowed access to their extensive facilities, including the entertaining on-field polo matches.


Successful Formula

On Saturday, July 29, good attendance, sunny weather, stunning vehicles, an eclectic gathering of stylish spectators,

(Left) 1950 Tatraplan T600 sedan; (Centre) 1961 Aston Martin DB4; (Right) 1934 Aston Martin Mk II Ulster. Photo: Cam Hutchins.

good food and beverages, and entertaining, on-field Polo matches all made for a delightful day. 


Beautiful Cars & Owner Involvement

With six countries represented on the field, it was great to see the cross-section of owners take an interest in the varying designs, engineering and quirks of the different examples displayed under the flags of their appropriate countries. Italy was represented by five marques, Germany with three, France with four, Sweden with seven, England with ten, America with nine, and the Czech Republic represented by one, with a total of 106 cars on the field. 


Automotive Milestones

McLaren celebrated its 60th anniversary, Porsche and Ferrari’s their 75th, and Aston Martin’s 110th, an essential reminder of the cultural and historical importance of the collector car hobby and one of the vital reasons for staging car shows in BC and Canada. 


The enthusiasm expressed by owners at the exclusive Cars & Coffee morning session was a good precursor for a successful show, as they made new car friends and reacquainted with old ones. 


Fred Russell (right) accepts the People’s Choice Award for his 1967 Lamborghini Miura P400 from Patrick Stewart, the co-event organizer. Photo: Cam Hutchins.

1967 Lamborghini Miura P400. In private ownership for most of its life, it was restored initially in Europe before coming to the USA for additional restoration. At the 2019 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, this car enjoyed Second in Class. Photo: Kevin Moroney

Congratulations to Fred Russell and the stunning 1967 Lamborghini Miura P400 he brought to the show, which was voted People’s Choice. (Hagerty Valuation Guide: US$2,200,000 to $4,200,000).


Next year’s show will include class awards for cars by country to encourage greater participation and increase the variety of vehicles on display.

A new and uniquely different car show festival is now part of the Lower Mainland’s car show scene, so spread the word as we plan a bigger and better event for 2024.


Patrick & Joan Stewart

2023 Classic Cars at PoloFest organizers

Photo credits: Cam Hutchins (







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