Karr shows rarity at Vernon vintage car show
It seems fitting that a man named Bob Karr, who has restored one antique car into an award winner, would be into vehicles.
But ask Karr, 65, a Vernon heavy equipment operator, if he gets asked that a lot, and he simply shrugs his shoulder.
“Nope, not really,” smiles Karr, who drives a 2001 Mustang convertible that he shares with his wife, Monica, and a 1997 Dodge pickup.
The award winner he keeps in his garage: a 1925 Model T Ford Depot Hack truck.
Karr bought the more-than-slightly-used 1925 vehicle off a friend’s father on Bowen Island three years ago. He started restoring the vehicle “10 minutes after he got it home to Vernon,” and it took him two years to complete as Karr replaced everything on the original model.
“Restoring the vehicle was something to do, I was interested in trying it and the opportunity came up,” said Karr, who had never restored any type of vehicle prior to his purchase. “I have always liked the Model T.”
Once he completed the restoration, Karr entered the vehicle in two car shows. In Summerland, the Model T was named Best in Class, and, in Armstrong, it was named Best in Show.
“Both honours left surprised me, totally shocked me,” said Karr, who will have his 1925 Model T on display this week inside and outside.
Karr, a member of the North Okanagan chapter of the Vintage Car Club of Canada, will join club members in displaying their vehicles, along with others from throughout the Okanagan and possibly the Fraser Valley, at the 18th annual Father’s Day Car Show.
The event will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Sport Chek parking lot at the north end of the Village Green Centre.
Registration is from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and both registration and admission to the show are by donation.
“Expect to see everything from antiques to street rods and, because vintage is about 20 years or older, there could be vehicles from the 1990s,” said Karr. “There will be music, 50/50 draws and door prizes.”
Karr and his Model T, along with club mate Don Neilsen and his 1946 Chevy pickup, will have the vehicles on display to promote the show Wednesday to Saturday inside the Village Green Centre.