I Live Victoria – You Live Saanich

22 03 2017

Hello Vintage Car Fans! Although my series is over for now I’m still working in local TV as a host for a new series called Where You Live: Saanich. Even though I live in Victoria we don’t make much distinction between the various municipalities here, and it makes no difference at all regarding the subject of my segment – Gordy Dodd, well know furniture store owner and star of his own famous TV ads here in the Capital Region. I recently interview Gordy at his home, and here is that show. Wait one minute and my segment will begin. I hope you enjoy it.

Where You Live: Saanich





Cameo Appearance on “GO”

6 08 2016

My transition from jeweler to “vintage car personality” has just been featured in a local TV feature on Shaw, produced by the same folks who provided me the opportunity and means to produce the TV series. Many thanks to Shaw TV, again. Here is the link to the show.

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Volksfest 2016

15 07 2016

Last weekend was the annual Volksfest here in Vintage*ville. I wandered around and had a great time seeing all the wonderful old VW’s. Some were pristine, others looked like they were washed with comet a few times too many, but even the old and worn had something special. How cool that a beat up old VW can have cachet!

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Store Closing Sale

13 07 2016

For those of you here in Victoria, or as we like to call it, Vintage*ville (the * stands for whatever you want it to), I beg to draw your attention to the great store closing sale – mine! Yes, I am closing my custom jewellery shop and moving on to the next phase, which I fully intend to have filled with Vintage Cars and more. There is always more… so we hope.

Jim Sloan's 1960 Corvette

Jim Sloan’s 1960 Corvette

So if you haven’t been by, please do drop in soon, because there’s not much time left to get a screaming bargain on whatever jewellery I have left. It’s all half price, by the way. I’ll still be here on the web and producing more Vintage Car TV shows. The next one is going to feature that great icon of American muscle: The Corvette.

 





This Old Typewriter

18 12 2015

My friend Don Nathan, who designed my book Vintage Cars of Victoria, blogs at nathanguitars.com. This is a post from a few years ago about vintage car restoring, and typewriters. I hope you enjoy it.

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Video Shoot With Shaw

5 12 2015
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The Shaw team at work

Shooting a video is really not like anything else. It is time consuming, labour intensive, technically demanding and last but not least, a whole lot of fun. Technically demanding is where Shaw TV comes in. Being a community oriented station, they take ordinary people, like me, who have a unique idea, like a tv show on vintage cars, and turn it into reality. The shoot two weeks ago started at 10:00 am and finished at 4:00 pm. Six hours of shooting to produce 25 minutes of footage. As I write today I am anxiously looking forward to the editing process and seeing the final product. One of the really cool things about the whole show is that I get to use one of my songs as the theme music for the show. This will add to the uniqueness of the show and also eliminate any problems with copywright infringment issues regarding musical content. Opportunities like this don’t come around every day and can lead to other things, like more shows, more cars and more music. As a musician I am always listening to the background music on tv shows or movies; even bad ones. Music is like the supporting cast in a movie. Think of the background music in the Good The Bad and The Ugly. Awah ooh a Wahhhhh…. Wah Wah Wahhhhhh. Those few notes brought spaghetti westerns into the iconic realm of the movie world. With this first production I am using one song and soundbites from it. Should a show on muscle cars happen, it would call for a whole new score. Enter the Doctor Bird guitar and the Roland GR 20 guitar synthesizer. For a sample of what I’m talking about, check out my videos on the site.





Car Culture In Victoria

3 12 2015
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Orlando, Christon and myself

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Admiring the motor

When people ask me why I published a book on Victoria’s vintage cars I simply say that it hasn’t been done and it needed to be documented. Some of the rarest cars in the world live right here in our beautiful city. Summertime brings out all the car shows up and down the island. Oak Bay and Sidney close their main street for a one day car show. Very few other events get this kind of attention. The shows are very well organized and run very professionally. The Old English Car Club is the largest club on the island. They meet on the third monday of every month at Heritage Acres. If you like Monty Python humor you will enjoy their meetings. The upcoming TV show I am producing will be promoting all things related to the car culture; shows, clubs and private collections. As my computer skills catch up to my photographic skills I will be posting more pictures on this blog. There are litterally thousands of cars and car collections in victoria and I will brining them to television as the opportunities arise.