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Thursday, June 9, 2016

Bob’s Antique & Classic Cars Part 9: 1921 Ford

1921 Model T Ford Open Express
Photo by Kate Tompkins
While many of the Model T Ford Open Express vehicles had bodies built by the Field Body Corporation of Owosso, Michigan, (more info in Field HERE), this 1921 restored model doesn’t look like one of theirs. Field bodies were a baked enamel green, and had iron bindings where this one has wood. Of course, vehicles were considerably more customizeable back then (a Model T could be turned into a car, a truck, a tractor, even a snowmobile), and it wasn’t uncommon to buy the rolling chassis from the manufacturer and have someone else do the coachwork.
1921 Model T Ford Open Express
Photo by Kate Tompkins

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Friday, June 3, 2016

Car Shows This Weekend

I'm still working on the June page of car shows in the Montreal area, but here's what you need to know for this weekend.

June 2-5
BUSFUSION - a Volkswagen Camper Camping Event
Almonte Fairgrounds, Almonte, Ontario
Contact Frank Condelli at

June 3-4
Rendez-vous British Québec (all British made cars and motorcycles)
Friday evening at Rue St-Jean
Saturday at Domaine Maizerets, 2000 Montmorency Boulevard, Quebec City

June 3-5
13th Shelburne Museum Classic Auto Festival (1991 and earlier)
9 am
Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, Vermont
Contact Ernie at 802-483-6871 or Andy at 802-862-4388

June 4 (rain date June 5)
Fusion Performance Open House
2499 boul. Labelle, Chomedey, Laval
Contact 450-978-3065 or

June 4
4th Annual Blair Rendell Memorial Car Show
10 am to 3 pm
Sparks Street Mall, Ottawa, Ontario
Contact Jeff Pelletier at 613-406-1442 or Jim Calombaris at 613-795-5109

June 4 (rain date June 11)
Auto Expo Cowansville Saturday Night Cruise-In
5:30 to 10:30 pm
Wal-Mart, 1770 South Street, Cowansville, Quebec
Contact 450-263-7002 or

June 5
Rassemblement de la Chaudière
10 am to 5 pm
$5 per car
Parc de L'île Ronde, Beauceville, Quebec
Contact Michel Poulin / Séphane Veilleux / Johanne Jacques at 418-774-2544 / 418-774-0843 / 4

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Bob’s Antique and Classic Cars Part 8

1954 Kom-Pak Trailer
Photo by Kate Tompkins
I’m betting you haven’t seen one of these before—I certainly hadn’t! It’s a 1954 Kom-Pak trailer, designed to look like a 1953 Ford from behind. Check out the roof—yes, it is a boat. But don’t worry, it originally had support bows to hold a canvas roof when the owner was off fishing.

According to the plaque beside it, fewer than 200 were made. Many of the websites I was on while researching claimed only 16 were made with only six still around. Then again, like most information online, I think they were all quoting from each other. Pretty sure I’ve seen at least six different ones online. I’ve got a few links below, mostly auction sites, that have better photos than I could get.

1954 Kom-Pak Trailer
Photo by Kate Tompkins
Doesn’t seem to be a lot of information out there on these trailers. The sites claiming there were only 16 made also say they were made in Medford, Oregon. No manufacturer is given, however. Even on the advertising material I found on a station wagon forum, they only list dealers. They do however give specs, and the original asking price, FOB Medford, of $1,595.

And here’s a link to a post on a vintage trailer site by someone who actually owned one, providing a few more details (scroll down, it's the second post). Among other things, they confirm the canvas roof, that both the boat and trailer are fiberglass, and the back has a fold-down table with a kitchenette and ice box behind it (you can see it in the Barrett-Jackson photos). They also discuss how the boat is removed.

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Friday, May 13, 2016

Bob’s Antique & Classic Cars Part 7

1912 Hupmobile
Photo by Kate Tompkins
 Here’s a 1912 Hupmobile at Bob’s Antique & Classic Cars near Lincoln, NH. One of the many car companies that didn’t make it past the early years, according to THIS article on the Hemmings website, the company was founded by Robert C. Hupp, a former employee of Olds, Ford, and Regal, in 1908 in Detroit, and continued through to 1941.

1912 Hupmobile
Photo by Kate Tompkins
The first Hupmobile, the Model 20—a two-passenger runabout, was introduced at the 1909 Detroit Automobile Show. By 1912, the Model 20 came in several body types, and a second line of cars, the Model H (sometimes known as the Model 32), was introduced. Since the plaque beside the 1912 Hupmobile at Bob’s said it produced 32 HP, I’m guessing it’s a Model 32.

Notice the cylinder sitting on the running board. It contains acetylene gas to power the car’s headlamps.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Cruise Nights

Finally got the cruise nights list updated for this year--you can find the link to the right. Lost a couple of cruises and picked up a couple so we've broken even. Some of them have already started, so get those toys out of the garage!

Missing one of your favourites? Let me know about it and I'll be happy to add it, as long as it's within two or so hours of Montreal.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Montreal Area Car Shows for May

The list is now up! You can find it in the link to the right. I'll be working on cruise nights next--if you're running one you want people to know about, tell me.

Friday, April 29, 2016

May Car Shows

I'm currently working on the page for the Montreal area car shows in May, as well as the page of local cruise nights, but may not get it finished until the weekend (paying clients keep getting in the way). So just thought I'd mention this one as it starts tomorrow. It is a bit of a drive, but I'm told it's worth it.

April 30-May 1
Stirling Swap Meet
9 am to 5 pm
Stirling, Ontario
Contact 613-395-1583 or