When Rick Unger bought his 1948 Chevrolet Fleetline Aerosedan twenty –five years ago, it was barely drivable. Nearly every nut, bolt and part had to be cleaned or replaced and the whole car was repainted and polished to bring it to the beautiful condition it is in today. But for a guy who has been interested in cars since his teens, this was a labour of love and he didn’t do it alone.
“Car collecting and restoring is a hobby enjoyed by enthusiasts, so I had lots of help from friends in the Car Club,” says Rick, who currently serves as the president of the Central Fraser Valley chapter of the Vintage Car Club of Canada.
“The Vintage Car Club of Canada’s objectives are preservation of vintage vehicles and to be a social club but unofficially we are also a club that is interested in helping the community that we’re in,” Rick explains.
The club is a community of friendly and generous people who share of their time, talents and, in this case, their dollars by supporting charities in the Fraser Valley. They hold events like the Country Car Show held with the support of the Otter Co-op in Aldergrove in April. This year some of the proceeds from the event supported Matthew’s House, a respite home for children who live with complex care issues.
Rick, along with fellow car club members, John Jackman (chairman of the Country Car Show committee) and Ray and Linda Lamb (committee members), recently visited Matthew’s House in order to present a cheque for $500 to Matthew’s House. They toured the home and met some of the children and staff. All were very impressed.
“Architecturally, it is beautiful. So open and non-clinical, it really is a home,” Rick says. “And the staff are just first-class.”
Linda Lamb agrees.
We really enjoyed our tour of Matthew’s House. The staff were really friendly and answered all our questions. We really loved the playground area – it looked so welcoming. Linda Lamb, Vintage Car Club of Canada committee member
It costs nearly a million dollars annually to keep Matthew’s House open, which is funded through a partnership with government and private donors. The majority of Matthew’s House revenue comes from events and generous donations from individuals and groups in the community. Alan Cavin, the resource development coordinator for Matthew’s House, says this support is essential.
“It is encouraging to us when civic clubs like the Vintage Car Club of Canada look to support valuable resources in their community,” Alan says. “We really value their efforts and are grateful for the support of their members.”
The beautiful cars owned by club members can often be seen around venues in the Fraser Valley at various Show & Shine events. These events give members an opportunity to show their stuff, support community events and provide an opportunity for other enthusiasts to appreciate the efforts put into maintaining them. Rick and the Lambs brought their cars to Matthew’s House on the day they made their donation.
“It was an honour to be involved in this event “ Rick says. “We are so fortunate to have Matthew’s House in our neighbourhood.”
To learn more about the Vintage Car Club of Canada, visit vccc.com.
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