Show and Shine: Rust to Show Piece

Sunday morning I had been tidying up after a dinner party the evening before. The TV was tuned to the History Channel, my usual go to choice. With absent minded interest I was watching ‘Rust Valley Restorations’  a show built on bringing rusty vintage cars back to life.  It featured a rough looking guy in dreadlocks. Strangely familiar the rusty vintage cars, a pitbull and the dreadlocks  had me wondering where I had come across this scene before. All very interesting yet so puzzling.  

The landscape was the first clue. I had been there before. And I had met the man with the wild dreadlocks. His dog, a pitbull, I had also met.  

In early September of 2013 I visited a vintage car museum west of Salmon Arm, B.C. Having driven past many times it was time to stop and photograph the many rusty vintage cars in the adjoining yard. That’s where I met Mike and Mini, his pitbull. 

I wrote a blog article, Camera Walk and a Pitbull,  about meeting Mike and his generosity in allowing me to photograph his nearly 200 vintage vehicles he had stored on a nearby property.  Looking back it was one of my most interesting camera adventures.  

Now it seems, Mike is doing well in the movie business.  

A short search of my image catalogue revealed  the images I made of Mike’s treasures. I also found the images I made in Victoria, B.C. in July of 2016 at the Duece Coupe Festival. The Duece, a 1932 Ford Coupe is considered by some to be the definitive ‘hot rod’. 

The differences between Mike’s rusty relics and the Duece Coupes couldn’t have been more stark. The ‘Dueces’ had been revived and totally rebuilt. They were absolutely stunning.  

I’m sure that some of these beauties started out as rusty relics.  After a great deal of hard work and money they had evolved into beautiful works of art that only a truly addicted ‘car guru’ can really appreciate.  

Some of the images I’ve included below were made at Mike’s auto restoration site. There is a certain beauty in their decayed and rusty appearance. Also included are several images I made at the Duece Coupe Festival in Victoria. Their beauty is obvious, their true beginnings, not so much.


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  1. tom skinner January 7, 2019 at 9:33 pm #

    Loved this collection, Stu. There is something about both stages, the old , beat up, and the new beauties.

    • Tom Skinner January 8, 2019 at 7:31 pm #

      Thanks Tom, I love photographing old stuff. These rusty cars have so much character. The ‘new’ cars evoke the love of those that did all the work. Stu

  2. Sheryl Korsch January 9, 2019 at 5:47 am #

    GREAT to see the Rusty Vintage photos and the Finished Renovated Project! 🙂 Thank You for the contrast!!

    • Stu Dale January 17, 2019 at 1:21 pm #

      Thanks for commenting on these rusty old cars. Lots of history and lots of memories.

  3. Corol January 17, 2019 at 12:37 am #

    The rusted old beauties triggered a few memories of cars from many years past and the deuce coupes triggered fond memories of seeing the displays around town in recent years when they have graced Victoria with their beauty. Thanks for sharing Stu.

    • Stu Dale January 17, 2019 at 1:08 pm #

      Thanks for commenting Corol. I would certainly like to visit that rust yard in Salmon Arm again. Second time around I think I could improve on what I have already done.

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