Author launches classic car coffee table book as Deuce Days descends on Victoria – Saanich News


Garry Foster knows exactly when he became a car guy.

He was four years old.

Instead of the snow fort that other fathers in his Ottawa neighborhood have made for their children, little Garry has bought a snow car. It was complete – doors, wheels, windshield and the all important steering wheel. The youngster loved it, although the parents had great difficulty getting him into the house. But every time he disappeared, they knew where to find him.

It’s fitting that he has a front seat for the tradition of gathering and watching the waves of classic cars disembark from the Black Ball Ferry and roll into town for the Northwest Deuce Days, with 1,200 cars expected. Foster has a booth at the terminal and copies of his book Chrome and Color – stories of craftsmanship and automotive design for sale.

The event is featured among the glossy pages of the coffee table tome where Foster tells 20 stories of people, cars, and connection cultivated over more than a decade of writing.

He started writing for newspapers and magazines 15 or 20 years ago, covering North America and Australia. Someone suggested compiling the vast knowledge into a book and it started a few years ago.

“I just wanted to honor the immense creative talents of the men and women who have spent their lives restoring these rolling works of art.”

The pages are filled with stories of people as well as cars.

For example, the grandmother who took over when her eight-year-old grandson inherited a heavily modified car after the death of his father, the builder.

Octogenarian Ollie Hodges simply shipped the car to Cobble Hill and completed the restoration. She started winning trophy after trophy without any interest or knowledge of automobiles, and found a way to use it to raise money for cancer causes.

As a weaver of true stories surrounding classic cars around the world, it’s a question Foster has asked many: “When did you become a car enthusiast?” He’ll likely pop the question again when Deuce Days lands in Victoria’s Inner Harbor, with car owners and visitors from all over the world. The vehicles that criss-cross the city are pre-1952 with typically around 500 of the 1932 Deuces.

Find details of the 10th Northwest Deuce Days events in the region July 14-17 online at

Chrome and Color – stories of craftsmanship and automotive design is available from Bolen Books in Victoria, Volume One in Duncan and online at

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