Reg Gurley stands next to hie 1935 Dodge 2-door sedan, one of more than 100 hundred classic cars that will be on display at the Mountain Classic Show and Shine in downtown Revelstoke this Saturday.
Gurley acquired the vehicle in the 1990’s, but as he put it, “It’s got a history to it.”
The vehicle was used as a dirt track racer in the ‘50s and ‘60s in Squamish before it was retired and put to pasture, said Gurley. It sat in a field for a while until someone started to re-build it in the 1980s. It passed on to another man, who eventually sold it to Gurley in 1999. It was 65 per cent complete at the time.
“I got all the bugs out of it and painted it myself,” he said. The bright yellow paint job, with the lightning strike across both sides and red grill stands out.
Gurley comes from a family of mechanics; his grandfather was the first licensed mechanic in Calgary and his father also worked in the profession. Gurley went and worked for Parks Canada but he still acquired their vehicle knowledge.
He’s put 56,757 miles on it since he bought it.
The Mountain Classic Show and Shine takes place Saturday, June 2 in downtown Revelstoke. More than 100 cars are expected. There will a poker walk, live music and a jukebox playing classic songs courtesy the Nickelodeon Museum.